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Message posted by Mandsjh on 08/3/2015 at 8:04am
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We are a family of 4 (boys aged 7&9).

We also have a 2 year old springer who hasn't been camping with us yet.

How do people:
Introduce their dog to camping
Get on with keeping them tethered
Fit everything in the car
Sleep

We won't be taking the dog on our main 2 week camp as we need flexibility if the weather is bad (mostly it is!) but I'd love to take him with us on a few weekends.

Our springer has lots of energy at walk time but is chilled in the house. I don't think he'd be impressed with being tethered though. He's also crate trained and has never spent a night outside of his crate.

I think we will need to take 2 cars and his crate. I just can't get my head around what we will do with him whilst round the tent.

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When my late partner and I first went camping with his dog, he took his crate with him, however, it was never used, as he adapted to camping right away, in that he did not mind being tethered while on site, and he would sleep in inner tent next to us without kicking up a fuss.

I used to use one of those cockscrew spikes until I discovered the Delta Dog Tether (scroll down the page), and the lead wrapping round the cockscrew spike was a thing of the past.

For some reason, he does not like digging much, and has not tried to dig himself out of a tent.

However, being a friendly and nosey terrier, he likes to know what is going on outside, and had managed to get out of the tent by repeatedly bumping his head at the meeting point of the door and ground sheet zips. Nowadays, he is tethered inside the tent using a long training lead when I am not about, e.g. when I go to use the facilities block in the morning.

I lost him on a camp site once late at night by not hooking up his lead before I opened the tent door to let him out as I left his leads outside. I only made that mistake once - nowadays, there is always a lead by the door on the inside.

I would advise taking his crate with you, and get a Delta Dog Tether, and let him sleep in the crate inside the tent at night, and alternate being tethered or in the crate outside during the day if the weather is nice.

One thing to bear in mind, have a dog with you does restrict the activities you can do. For example, I cannot go to attractions such as museums or historical buildings and sites where dogs are not allowed. Popping into a supermarket to pick up a few things is just about doable (having him with me is one of the reasons why I take all the provisions with me to the camp site). If you intend to go to the seaside, check the beaches first whether they allow dogs. A lot of them don't between April till September; some may allow them if they are on a lead; some may have a section where they can roam freely.

I cannot imagine camping without the dog and he loves it.

As for fitting everything into the car, I outgrew a roof box when I got my current tent that takes up more room, and bought a trailer and it was money well-spent.

As for sleeping, I switched from airbed when a trusted one developed a leak mid trip during Christmas 2011, and got myself a camp bed with a self-inflating mattress (SIM) on top, secured with a fitted flannel sheet. I dislike the restricted feel of a sleeping bag, so I use a double duvet all to myself instead. It is an all-season one (4.5 Tog + 7.5 Tog).

I always camp with electric hook up (EHU) and have a heater with me all the time, as night-time temperature can drop to low single figure in high summer!!!

Good luck.

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Message posted by Mandsjh on 08/3/2015 at 9:06am
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Thanks for the comprehensive reply DK.

I think it's the fear of the unknown at the moment. He's a very chilled, easy going boy so I kind of hope he just fits in to it. There is a risk he will be a pain, whine if anybody goes out of sight, get pacey, etc.

Think 1 night closeish to home might be the order of the day!

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We have Labs and have always taken them campin with us. We have a large cage for in the car, but it is aso invaluable if you have to dash to the loo or anything or when cooking!! We tether ours on a Delta tether -- 2 dogs on one tether, they don't mind at all, though we never leave them unsupervised as they are large dogs and if they jump up they could knock someone over -- in any case, you never know when a child may wander onto or across your pitch!!   Barking was a bit of a problem with our youngest 2 -- but we use a plant mister spray to deter them and it is working!! We plan our days out before we go so if we do a long walk with the dogs, they are happy to stay in the car for half an hour or so if we need to get some shopping. We have blinds in the car and can open the top of the boot window to give them air -- though it does sometimes mean parking a distance from shops in order to keep them in the shade. Either that or hubby drives around with the air con on and I dsh in and out of shops!!! We always check local vets before we go -- we have had to use them on occasion!! Also we check where pet shops are as no matter how well prepared you are inevitably you need something!! Even if it is just a holiday toy!!! Just one other thing ,, make sure you have a mobile no on your dog's collar!!

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Oh yes, forgot about looking up the number for local vets in advance, however, all the sites I have been had this information displayed by the reception area all the time.

And yes to having a mobile number on the dog collar. I lost mine once when he emerged from a forest before I did, chasing rabbits or whatever. He had the good sense to go to the coffee shop by following scent/noise/whatever, and howled. A kind dog-person looked after him and tried to ring the number on his tag, which was an old number. So she left the message with the coffee shop so that they could let me know where to find them.

I have updated his tag with the current mobile number, and get him to wear a HolCol Collar nowadays.

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Find a site, where there are many places to walk your active Springer, straight from the site.     This is my priority for my BC.   Or a short drive.
He may settle down in the evening.    
I have just come back from Scotland from camping without EHU.   My dog was very warm at night. He had a donut bed, Sheep fleece bed cover and blanket with a cover over him. He was very toasty.       I find dog friendly pubs.   

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We take our dog on every trip,he loves it and does not mind being tethered and just watches the world go by.
We are in a caravan so he sleeps on the floor between beds.He is a Welsh Shepherd and usually wants to go find somewhere cool to sleep even in winter
We go places where there is lots of walking anyway and find dog friendly beaches and have found lots of people speak to you more when he is being silly in the sea.
The biggest restriction we find is when we are visiting a town for a shopping trip but I do not mind staying outside the shops with him,although we do find more sea side shops let dogs in.
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Make sure he has his own bed



Chair!



Lots of exercise...



followed by chill out time!



Seriously, I'm sure your dog will love it!

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Oh yes, make sure he has his own bed (it was Feb 2012, hence he has his coat on):



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I have a 6 year old springer and for weekends I tend to bring her and for a longer holiday I tend not to. I bring the crate, it's her safety zone where she really relaxes whereas when she's not in her crate she tries to be on duty all the time. The crate folds flat in the bottom of the boot. She travels to and from the campsite in the passenger footwell of the car as she has always done and is quite comfortable there. But if I get out of the car she'd jump up and there's no way I'd leave her alone as she'd set the alarm off. So whilst on holiday if we're going out the crate goes in to the boot. I too have a top opening window (tail gate I think it's called) and I would leave it propped open with a hook I fashioned but I believe there's a device on the market that will keep a boot propped open a little bit but still be locked.

On site I use a pet pen, mine was 40 from Amazon it's essentially like an 8 sided baby pen (but with no floor) it has stakes to peg it down and is made from the same brown plastic covered wire that my crate is. Downside is this is a bulky thing to transport. I have to flatten the rear seats and then lay this down on the 2m space clearance I have - so obviously I can't do this with passengers needing rear seats.

Otherwise I use a tether, I keep the leash short as she gets tangled but we do plenty of walking so she is not left on a short leash for hours.

She can get a bit jittery at night with strange noises, she's a jittery dog anyway. She'll bark once and I'll tell her to shush and then she'll stop.

I would recommend that you just go for it, if you stay fairly close to home the first time then if it's a disaster then you can always go home.


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Looks like you have pinched our George, Tracey D!! He always steals the bed , has his own chair -- but is water shy unless it is the hydrotherapy pool!! We didn't take him to Fforest Fields last year as the eldest boy stayed at home to sort out the kitchen and hall tiling so we left cGeorge with him and took the 2 young 'uns!! Oscar and Molly both spent a lot o time in the water retrieving sticks and all sorts!!!

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I have always taken all of my dogs camping. Surprising that they just accept their 'temporary' home with no issues. As long as you are there they are happy. Never needed to cage them or tether them inside the tent. They don't have to be restricting. For example, when i was in the Isle of wight i just waited for a dull day to go to Osborne House as no dogs allowed in house or grounds but you can go back to the car to let them have a 'break'. Mostly i will visit places that at least allow dogs in the grounds. Obviously out and about generally is fine and they come with me everywhere.Steam trains always allow dogs on in my experience, quite a lot of pleasure boats do (in Cornwall and Devon anyway) Most pubs allow dogs in the gardens. A little 'Googling' before you go away can can make it an easy experience.

Good luck and enjoy, i'm sure the dog will love it.

Fabulous photo story TracyD. That's as difficult as mine get when they are away.17



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We have a coat for our lab, if it is chucking it down with rain it helps keep her dry so when we return to the tent she is not sopping wet.

She also wears it at night when are sat outside, she is pampered and used to about 18C at night so mostly wears it through the night as well!

Nothing fancy to tether her - we just use a rock peg and clip her home made lead onto it. Home made lead is made from a length of soft rope and three of the clips so that we have a shorter lead and a longer one.

Quite often she will sit in the open boot of the car watching the world go by.

Take a couple of towels for when they get wet, as they will!

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I have had Spaniels (Springers and Cockers) for many years and they have all loved camping without any problems.

I keep the dog tethered on a 5 metre lead so that he has the freedom to wander around both in and out of the tent. If I am using a tent without a fully sewn in groundsheet then I keep him tethered overnight, but when using the Outwell with fully sewn in groundsheet I zip up the tent and remove his lead.



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Can't add any more except echo the previous comments,

Teathered in the day,
Cage/crate for contingency
Off lead in tent if you have a sewn in groundsheet
If you are cold at night, they are great heaters, you may find competition for who has the dog in their bed.

A note on teathered, make sure there is shade for your dog, and watch out for the getting tied around the guy lines!

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We had the same problem last year, we only had our Patterdale terrier 2 months - and he was 6 year old! So it was into the unknown we went. Bearing in mind that he had never gone on regular walks, never been to the beach, never (in his 6 years) been let off lead, had been left, caged, for up to 10 hours a day on his own - I could go on. So, I posted on here (I didn't go into detail then) and got some brilliant replies (as you have). Mainly the point came across was just to go for it - go prepared but go and he'll probably settle.
So, I posted a list that I thought was relevant - yup, it was good except I forgot poo bags - so not bad.
We caged him for the journey - oh yes, it did take up a lot of space - plus "the dogs' box" of toys, blankets, leads, food, treats, biscuits etc.
When we got set up we found was that he didn't like being caged during the day inside, so we had to buy a tether, once this was in place he was sooo chilled, as he could watch everything. And! for all his moaning about being in the cage the first thing he did was get settled in it!! So if he's cage trained, it is a good idea to take it - and (as already said) you'll need a tether.
Most campsites will not allow a dog on their site unless tethered anyway. One we went to last year highly recommended it, as the local farmer had shot a dog the previous week who had wandered in his fields. The campsite owner owns 2 dog himself, but sort of accepted it and did forewarn us.
I did take lots of tasty (long lasting) treats to keep him happy and his favourite chew toys.
At night, we went to a lot of trouble to move his cage into the bedroom, but knew he would cry/bark if he was "locked" in, so we ensure that the zips were fully done up and left the cage door open. I had taken a "dog blanket" for the bed and put it on the bottom, and as soon as we were settled he very cunningly snook out of his cage and jumped onto the blanket - but was as quiet as a mouse - until he started to snore!!
So, yes, I would say my little terror, sorry terrier settled in quite nicely. I am just hoping that our next trip (same campsite - we thought it wise for familiarity) will be as good.
We did go on long walks and, I must admit, he was absolutely shattered - tired? our dog? yup! He did bark occassionaly (but less than at home). As dk168 said, you are restricted where you can go, but just choose other, more dog friendly, places.
As OP said to me, go for it, he'll be fine - I wasn't so optimistic - but he was...

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