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Traveling and Camping with Dogs

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Lately I've really had a severe itch to go camping. I usually do go camping in the summer with either the horses or the dogs but the desire has started early! It's too cold at night to camp yet (at least for me...I prefer to camp when I don't have to be bundled in a thick sleeping bag and right now it's still in the low 30s at night) and I can't find any pictures from my camping trips!

So, I know there are people on here who like to camp with their dogs; got any stories? Pictures? Tips? Certain products you use that makes camping easier with your dogs? Anything to calm my camping itch...lol
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I'm ready for camping season too! I've been once this spring and it was miserably cold that night (low 30's) but it was still fun and I just have two weeks until summer break starts so i'm counting down the days until I get to head back to the trails!

Usually my camping trips are trail riding trips with the horses. I usually only take one dog at a time on our trips, one horse and one dog is more than enough to deal with at a time. Duke has always been the one that gets to go most of the time. He has better horse sense than my aussie and is better at camp about not barking. I usually camp at a small horse camp and very often we are the only ones there. Since its usually pretty empty and we are friends with the owners of the camp the dogs usually don't have to be leashed. When there are other people around, I bring a tie out or put the dogs in the horse trailer while we are at camp. The dogs usually are exhausted after the trail ride so they just want to sleep anyways.

Sadly, I probably wont be able to take the dogs this summer. Both of them are getting older and their hips can't handle the trails any more.

One thing we are always careful about is making sure the dogs (and horses) get plenty of water and breaks on the long rides. Also you have to make sure to check the dogs paws for cuts. Boomer is one that gets sores on his feet very easily, especially if he's been in water and then walking on rocky trails. And also making sure dogs are allowed off leash on the trails and that the dogs are not going to bark at strange horses/people.

This is what Duke generally looks like after a day of trails so he's usually not a problem at camp haha

Of course he does have some bad camping behaviors!

I definitely feel safer when its just a couple of us girls camping with this guy with us. He may be the sweetest dog ever but he at least looks intimidating!

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