I’ve been camping a few times with my dog. It was great fun, but Luna is a nervous dog, so it was hard work. If your dog isn’t nervous, you will have an even better time!
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Pick a tent that’s big enough
We have a 3-man tent and its quite a high one that you can stand up in. We didn’t want a massive family tent as there were just the 2 of us and the dog, but we felt a two-man tent was too small.
The tent we have also had a little porch area on the front. This is perfect for storing all the stuff the dog doesn’t need at that time, as it’s then out of the way from the sleeping area.
Essential Items We Took
Your Cockapoo is going to be in new surroundings, and it could be a bit overwhelming for them at times. That’s why it’s important to take items from home that they know.
We all like to eat junk food when we are away. I remember we changed Luna’s food for some crazy reason when we went away. It didn’t agree with her, and she had a bad stomach. I’d recommend just taking your usual dog food with you but still give them some tasty treats now and again.
Some campsites are just a field with no running water. You want to make sure you have enough water for your cockapoo for the duration of your trip. I’d recommend keeping some in the car just as a backup.
Food and water bowls
Just take your regular bowls from home. It’s what your cockapoo will be used to eating out of. Or if you don’t have room take some pop up bowls.
A tie-out steak
If I can give you one piece of camping advice, then taking a tie-out stake would be it. Most campsites insist that your dog is on a lead or kept under control at all times. Having a tie-out stake keeps your hands free from holding the lead and gives your cockapoo the freedom to explore without running off.
Just take a whole roll of new poo bags! Chances are you might need more than usual.
Do they have a favourite blanket?
We took Luna’s favourite blanket with us. It’s what she curls up on when she’s on the sofa, and it makes her feel a bit more familiar with her surroundings.
Take a few spare towels. Your Cockapoo will be outdoors a lot more than usual, and if the British weather is anything to go by, it will likely rain for at least part of your trip.
We took a few of Luna’s favourite toys. These helped keep her occupied when we all wanted some chill time.
Dog First Aid Kit
These are cheap, and you can get them online or from most pet shops. We always keep one in the boot of our car, so we have it with us if we are somewhere far away from home that’s not familiar to us.
Find Out Where The Nearest Vets Is
We always store the nearest vet’s details on our phones. We have never had to use them, but it gives us peace of mind that we know how far away the nearest vet is just in case anything happens. We never research where the nearest doctors are for us humans…. nope, it’s all about the dog!
Is Your Dog A Barker?
Campsites are generally quiet places after a certain time. How will your dog react? There are going to be a lot of new sounds and smells for them. If your dog is a barker, this could frustrate other campers going there for the peace. If you are worried your dog might bark, it could be worth asking for a camping spot in a far corner.
The benefits of taking your Cockapoo camping with you
The benefits far outway and disadvantages (in my opinion).
They are great for meeting new people
We have met so many new people just because they saw we had a dog and they had a dog. Before you know it, you share a bottle of wine with them while the dogs have a good run around together. It’s a win-win for everyone.
You don’t have to leave them at home
Your dog wants to be with you 24/7, and while it’s nice to have a break from them at times, it’s also nice to take them with you and have them experience camping. You also won’t feel guilty for leaving them at home.
Exploring somewhere new
Taking your dog with you means there’s a good chance you will explore somewhere new that you didn’t know about before. Your dog may want to have a walk in the evening, whereas you would prefer to chill. Getting out with them may lead you to somewhere new and exciting.
You save money
Taking them with you means you won’t have to pay for an expensive dog sitter or put them in kennels.
They provide you with hours of fun.
There’s never a dull moment with your dog around. They will make you feel younger and always put a smile on your face, especially Cockapoos, which are one big fluffy bundle of fun!
Mike is the proud owner of a 7-year-old Cockapoo named Luna. He loves to share stories, tips and information about owning a Cockapoo. With over7 years of experience as an owner, Mike is passionate about helping others own and care for their dog.