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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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Ive been itching to get out there camping, too.:) we have a travel trailer and usually go for a few weeks in the summer and fall. One thing I learned last year, DONT set the food dishes outside for the dogs! lol IDK why I never thought of it until they were crawling with ants, but I didn't and learned that lesson.
I love camping with my dogs, but I have to keep working on them not barking people to death...they dont bark to be mean, just they want attention and to be petted.
I want to find a campground that will let me take them out on a kayak or canoe with me:)
If they are outside with us, I tether them to the picnic table.
Last summer, I had my two dogs (pap/poodlex and yorkie) outside with us as we were cooking dinner. From across several lots, a larger dog came flying to our lot. My dogs were on cords attached to the picnic table, and we scrambled to grab our smaller dogs up, but didnt make it quite in time, the larger dog came after my Zoey and she yelped. I think she was just scared, though, we couldnt find any injuries on her.
Anyway. The owner came slowly walking over to us, and started yelling at US bc our dogs (who were sleeping and tethered under the picnic table) must have done something at some time to bother her dog! and threatened to report us to park management. She never apologized or anything.
But, on the whole, we've met a lot of nice dogs and their owners when camping, something about having dogs in common seems to chill people out and make them want to hang together:) and I love that about it.
One of my favorite sights to see when camping is the abundance of people who have dog baskets on their bikes, or just seeing people doing stuff with their dogs in general, like tossing balls for them to catch in the lake, etc. or feeding them an ice cream:)
Something else that we've enjoyed when camping with the dogs has been the number of families with a small child who has been scared of dogs, and they ask if their child could pet Ziva (yorkie) bc she is very calm and quiet. Ziva's been the first dog experience for a lot of toddlers when we've been camping, and the kids always smile and get so happy. That's nice.
I kept expecting something to go really wrong with the dogs last year, as it was our first year camping with them, but the only problem we had camping was bc we let our 13 yr old and her friends sleep in a tent outside the trailer, and management came and complained bc they kept giggling. No probs with the dogs, though! lol
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