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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 try to take at least 2-3 camping trips a year. I tent camp, although I am typically at campgrounds and not wilderness camping. I will take 2 dogs max and prefer to take just one, as it's good one on one time. Whoever stays home stays with a neighbor or home with my husband, who does not share my love of camping and doesn't always come along. And oh lord do I have pictures. :p

A couple of things I've found helpful...
-A well stocked first aid kit. I've never actually had to use it on the dogs but I like to have it on hand.
-A travel crate - I have Canine Campers but any brand will do. Pip just likes to sleep in his, but I also like to have it around for when I have to quick buzz off to the shower or something like that for a minute (although the car works, too, if the weather is appropriate)
-A couple of good tie outs, and get the dogs used to them before you go
-Entertainment - bully sticks or something. Generally I find the dogs sleep a lot around the campsite because we do so much hiking and there's a lot of mental stimulation for them - always something to watch, it's nature TV for dogs - but it's always nice to have something to keep them busy while you're trying to, say, wash the dishes or something
-A couple of long lines for hiking
-A nice weather-proof pad or bed to have around the campsite. They don't always use it, but they seem to like to have a "spot".
-Plenty of poop bags
-Make sure your flea/tick protection is up to date (if appropriate for where you live), whatever you use
-Portable water bowls and bottles for hiking
-Bear bell if you will be hiking where there are bears

Here's some pics from various trips...
Around the campground & hiking:

Here's one where we were actually renting a cabin, this is why the travel kennels are so nice. They would just curl up in there and snooze after hiking, they liked to have an out of the way spot. In the second picture, we were staying at a campground where dogs were allowed off leash as long as they weren't bothering anyone, so Pip could come and go as he pleased and often chose to snooze in his kennel:

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Also if you are camping in an area that does not have cell phone coverage, consider having a tag with a local number made up -- if I'm at a state park I use the park office phone #, if I'm at a private campground I use the office phone # with something like "Squash Guest" as the name.
Heheh this is Squash on the ride home... Fighting the sleep monster, and then losing...

And this lookout looks like your lookout! This is in the arrowhead of Minnesota, though (ETA: the far shore is actually Canada):

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