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Next week planning a camping trip. We have a small tent and a big adolescent, bratty "pup". Keeping my fingers crossed, especially for the night and its sounds and smells.
Who has done this and how did it go for the first few nights? Any tips?
 

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Did our first backpacking trip with a wild Dutch Shep. All went okay. One thing I learned is that he very quickly decides to own and protect the camp so he had to be on leash (long line) in camp or he would posture at people and scare them a bit. He was a gentleman on the trail though.

He did go in the tent, at first did not want to and then loved it, sleeping bags, friends, cozy. Once at night he woke up and almost went through the screen door as a porcupine started toward the tent! His barking and the porcupine turned on his heel and scooted away quickly.

This was a backpack trip btw and Tygo had to carry packs.

Get him good and tired and bring lots of treats.
 

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I have done similar as what you are planning.

I did a test run in the backyard one night with the pup sleeping in the tent with us....a bit of uneasiness at first since it was a new experience but then she settled in....it gave new meaning to a "pup tent".

At least for us, the pup was with us 24/7 when we went camping, which was fine and seemed to be common sense.

Now, we take her in the RV and she is completely at home and the same in the boat on the lake. When I am fishing, I put one of the seats down so she can just stretch out in the shade ( canopy in place ) and listen to my fishing stories.

I made a tether for her about 30 feet long, this was my bigger concern as she has never been tied out before. I used 20 feet of poly and then spliced in a 10 foot section of 3/8 bungee cord...figured it would "soften" the experience at first until she learned the ropes.

All in all, I think the test run in the tent in the backyard was a good idea and acclimated her to a degree....I'll bet the neighbor's got a kick out of seeing us "camping" in our suburbia backyard...:)


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We also did a test run in the back yard - he was fine.

We hike and camp often. We LOVE it.

We are always in isolated areas - never around other people. Not because of Rusty-just the way we prefer our outings.

When we settle in the tent for the night he goes with the flow. He will get up a few times to look out the tent window. We have caught him just sitting there staring and listening intently to the critters moving around. But he's never tried to get our or aggravate us by not settling down.

We did bring a tie out when he was younger for the camp area but have not for two years because he has a solid recall and just doesn't leave our side. We have had plenty of wild life cross our paths. My husband does tie a snap light to his collar so we can see him at night. He loves to hang out and sleep by the camp fire, escorts everyone on their potty breaks. He also knows on these trips he will be fed our food (in addition to his own). We break a lot of rules:)

Have fun!
 

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Well that all sounds do-able. Anyone having expereicne with bears or cougars? Bears are my main worry.
 

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We camp in luxury, so I have no help for you! :D

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Can't wait to hear all about it, though!
 

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Our pup has gone twice, once at 6 months and one at a year.

Talk to the park rangers where you are going about the wildlife. A cougar is unlikely to bother a shepherd. Bears on the other hand won't care a lick. :eek:

We keep a low wattage night light on in the tent. We also added a light up dog collar in case our pup got loose at night.
 

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We camp all the time with our pup. He is 6.5 months now and he is so worn out by the time nighttime comes, he sleeps like a baby. Two weekends ago, he barked a little more than usual at people passsing by, but we have been working on his reactivity at home. We go on multiple short hikes, lake swims, campfires...During camping is when our pup gets to eat stuff he isn't allowed at home. We'll fry him an egg to add to his morning kibble, campfire hotdogs, and steak! We had a bear in our camp last year that sniffed around and left (Yikes!)...we didn't have any food out. Since then, we always carry bear spray (and a gun!). Where I live, mountain lions have been seen taking off dogs from camp sites. I never leave our dog unattended ever.

Have fun! It is so great camping with a dog!!
 

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We camp a lot in the summer and fall, and started camping with our current dog when she was about 7 months old (she was born late Oct/early Nov) and she was fine. She sleeps in the tent with us and loves being so close to us while we sleep. :) We tethered her for the first 2 summers, but when she was 2.5 we found we didn't need the tether anymore. She stuck pretty close by and has excellent recall. We're lucky enough to have some bare land property on a lake that we camp on, so we don't have to worry about campground rules. The cougars stay away as she's too big to appeal to them, and the bears haven't bothered us. I think they roam past every once in a while, but it's quite rural and most of these bears have had no contact with people and stay away - we keep our food packed up and they haven't learned that people mean access to yummy food.

I do have a question to add to the thread. How young is too young for camping? We're getting a new puppy in late July (he was born on May 26) and we were hoping to start camping with him right away. Obviously, he'd be on the tether for the first year or two. Would it be too much for him to start camping at 9 or 10 weeks old?
 

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Just returned from Ollie's first major trip

We just returned from our first "glamping trip" with Ollie (1 yr. old). A solid week in a small trailer on the beach. I was very, very worried he would bark at all the new noises and get us kicked out of the campground or go stir crazy and chew the trailer. But it didn't happen! In part he was just so tired at the end of every day after swimming, hiking, and fetch that he slept like a log and was too tired to care about barking or chewing. He usually sleeps on our bed at home so we are used to that, but it was a very tight fit on a full mattress for 2 adults and a 90 lbs dog. I was very happy to return to the king bed which better accommodates all of us. Also while Ollie was very aware of other campers and dogs during the day, he seemed to do ok once he got a sense for his bearings on who belonged where. We brought a tie up for him as well, but really only used it when we were doing smores or other stuff in our campsite so he wouldn't wonder over to bug anyone.

On a side note, we had a sad happening with his chuckit ball at the beach. The rubber whistler ball sank like a stone in the water before he could get to it and disappeared to the bottom of the ocean. Ollie was one distressed shepherd who could not find his ball and wouldn't leave the water or beach without it. It look a trip into town to purchase a new "floating" ball and make everything ok. Won't go on a trip again without back-up balls for fetch.
 

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Take benadryl,in case flies or mosquitoes get too bad....a friends dog one year had a bad reaction to black flies...we use. Motion generated light on her collar for night...
 

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Will you be camping in the cascades? Thought you were in the NW? If so, large slugs were a nuisance, but beyond that the wildlife was of no issue. We camp remote fairly often, Dogs love it and pretty much sack out right along with us at the end of the day, no problem. Hope you enjoy it.
 

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OK, great responses. I am looking forward to it now. It is a camp ground by a lake so plenty of swimming and fetching to make him tired. He sleeps in a crate at night at home so camping and having him close by will be great. And I can hide behind him when a bear comes....
 

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We camp in luxury, so I have no help for you! :D

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Can't wait to hear all about it, though!
This is how we camp too :blush: We just got our first RV last summer and have taken the Nita and Koda out three times now. We take her crate but she usually sleeps on the couch while he sleeps on the floor. Just like at home!

We are getting ready for our longest trip with the dogs so far. Five days, two 70+ lb dogs and two teenage girls :eek: I'm still trying to figure out who thought this would be a good idea :laugh:

We were worried about Nita barking at people, but she has been very good about not being too protective of our site.
 

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Taking both my boys tent camping this weekend at Wolf Run State Park. I'm excited but nervous at the same time. It will be their 1st time. I'm only worried about them barking at night.. I'll update after we get back..
 
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