Dog Friendly Camping
By Jamie Lynn Smith
Camping is as much of an all-American pastime as apple pie, baseball and, well, owning a family dog. So it’s only natural that you would want to bring your furry four-footer on family camping trips this summer. After all, hitting up the great outdoors is always better if you can bring Fido along to sniff, explore and leave pee-mails on every possible inch of the wondrous wild.
Not every campsite is dog-friendly, however. So we did some handy research for you to let you know where the best of the best in pooch-permitted campsites are. But first, a few things to remember about heading out with your dog tagging along:
1. Always keep the dog on at least a 6-foot leash. Most campgrounds, whether private or public, require this.
2. Remember also that many campsites won’t permit your dog to sleep outdoors; they’ll require that he be crated or that the dog sleeps with you in a tent.
3. Mind your manners … always pick up the poop. Not doing so is just not cool, folks. Even though you're outside, there will undoubtedly be someone passing through the area where you now are, so be polite and treat it like your own property.
4. Try to do some advance research on the area you’re going to so you can learn about hazardous plant life in the surrounding area, including poisonous plants and those that can physically hurt your dog, like cactus and poison ivy.
5. Ensure that you regularly check your pet for ticks, thorns in his feet, dehydration, and fox tails in the pads. Give your dog fresh drinking water multiple times a day and don't allow him to take water in from questionable sources found in the wilderness.
Now that you have some tips, without further ado, here is a list of the top ten best dog-friendly campsites around the U.S.