A couple weeks ago we took the pup on her first camping trip (yes, it’s California so we can camp year-round). She was a little nervous on her first day, but once she figured out what was going on she relaxed and had a great time. In addition to having her with us, she comes with a bunch of stuff to add to our Camping Checklist! One of the best things we did for her was to set up a dog run at the campsite. It’s a simple and easy trick to making camping fun for for all of us.
For Hailey, we tried to pack light, but we ended up bringing quite a bit of stuff. Her stash included:
Things to bring for puppy
- water and food bowl
- dog food
- leash (both retractible and standard 6 ft)
- bed (it’s nice bring something they’re familiar with, we brought her usual bed but decided against bringing her crate)
- jacket / rain jacket for cold and wet weather
- toys (washable and/or dirt resistant!)
- collapsable water bowl for hikes
We brought a lot of toys, but really all she wanted to play with were all the sticks… SO MANY STICKS! This picture is about an hour after we arrived…
Turns out, she’s a great hiker! The Boyfriend and I love to hike, so this is really wonderful.
Since Hailey is very curious and likes to explore, it’s important that we keep her contained while we’re at our campsite. She loves people, so she’d be into everyone’s tent, car, or trailer if we let her run free. If she’s not in our tent trailer (which she LOVES), we have her on a dog run. This gives her freedom to move around the campsite and be close to us but she can’t actually wander off. Below, I’ve listed out the materials and steps to put together a camping dog run for your pup!
SETTING UP A CAMPING DOG RUN
- long rope – 50 ft (length depends on where you camp and if you’re using stakes)
- 6ft leash w/loop handle
- harness or collar
- optional – posts or stakes
The basic set-up is simple. Just tie the rope between two points that are at or above the dogs head (so they are walking under it). We used the campsite BBQ and picnic table. Don’t ask me what kind of knots we used, it’s a square-fishermans-how do you tie this again?
Then we simply slipped the carabiner through the loop on the leash and around the rope. After connecting leash to Hailey’s harness she’s able to move up and down the length of the rope unobstructed.
I prefer this to just tying her leash or rope to a single point because she’s less likely to get tied up. Although, you still have to watch them! I turned around for a second and when Ilooked back at her she had tied up three of her feet (basically hog-tied) and was laying on her back. Crazy girl!
We also bring a large piece of fake green grass with us for dirty/muddy sites. This helped to keep her a little bit cleaner. After our big hike, she was exhausted.
Footprints aside, Hailey’s been a great addition to our camping trips! The camping dog run was a super simple project but makes a big difference in the camping-life of our puppy. What do you for your dog when you take them camping? Any other tricks or advice to offer us?