Calgary Humane Society’s 10 Tips for Camping with Fido


Whether you’re heading into the great outdoors in a tent, trailer or five-star RV, CHS has 10 tips to make camping with Fido an enjoyable time for everyone involved!

Call ahead – ensure that your campground of choice allows dogs and find out which areas dogs are allowed.  Most beaches do not allow dogs. Know your dog’s ability with recall if you allow him off leash.

Know the risks and parasites of that area – check with your veterinarian.

Ensure you put your dog’s uneaten food away – magpies and squirrels will finish a bowl in no time.

Surprisingly enough, not all dogs are good swimmers. Keep a close eye on your dog when he/she is around a pool, river or lake.

If your dog is crate trained bring his/her house for quiet time.

With an increase in temperature, you drink more – and so should your dog!There are handy options for collapsible water bowls and pet water bottles that you can take with you hiking.

Ensure that your dog has access to shade.  A shade tent is a good option if camping in an area with few trees.

Carry a pet first aid kit. Gauze, Polysporin, and vet wrap or a tensor can come in handy until you can reach your veterinarian.

Make sure your pet has identification and is wearing it in case your dog gets lost.  If you are in a campground with site numbers, writing your site number on something to attach to your dog’s collar is a good idea.

Have fun! Enjoying time with your dog doing the activities you both enjoy is what it’s all about!

Calgary Humane Society