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Camping with your Dog

Posted by Kelly Jansens on

Bodie and I were introduced to camping through my husband, Mark. So over the last three years we have learned to relax and enjoy our time in the woods. We have a little camper that we pull behind our van. Most of our family camping has been done at Cran-Hill Ranch in Rodney, MI. It’s a working ranch with many activities for the whole family.

Camping was a whole different experience for Bodie and I. We learned to like it. The first time we went, I was not prepared with the doggie necessities, so, I wanted to share my list with you...


(Photo: Camping with the family - August 2016)

Here is my list for a successful camping trip with your dog:

  1. Find the right campsite. Is it dog friendly? What are the rules? Is there an extra fee to have your pet along with you? Check out this link for dog friendly camping in Michigan:
  2. Make sure you have all of your dog’s documents in order such as; up to date license, I.D. tags and verification of vaccinations.
  3. Flea and tick spray for you dog. Make sure to reapply if he/she goes swimming.
  4. Leash, tether and stake. Some campgrounds require that a dog is on a leash at all times. When you are sitting around your campsite, it is always a good idea to have the tether and stake. To take a walk, you’ll want a leash as well.
  5. Portable food and water bowls along with a dog toy or two.
  6. Dog bed and or blanket. Keep your dog with you in your tent or camper, just as you would at home.
  7. Poop bags! Clean up after your pet.
  8. First Aid Kit - Pick one up at your local pet store or make your own.

 Camping can be a great experience with your dog, if you plan it out right. They are part of the family too, so why kennel them when you can take them with you?!

I am open to your tips on camping with your dog as well. Please feel free to share these with us in the comment section of this blog at

Summer is almost here! Did you book your campsites yet? If not, you better get planning for that great camping experience.

Love, Peace & Wags,


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