With spring in full swing – and summer right around the corner – the pleasant weather has many people gearing up for camping season. For you, that means getting your supplies in order, checking campsite availability, and prepping your furry friend for exciting outdoor adventures!
For your dog, camping means one thing above all else: outdoor fun! Sure, your pet realizes there are some trade-offs involved. They’ll put up with a few corny fireside ghost stories, and the occasional loud snoring, just for the chance to explore the great outdoors.
Ask any dog lover, camping without Fido along for the trip is simply unthinkable. Going into the wild without your best buddy is comparable to camping without a tent, lantern, and other essential outdoor gear. Your furry four-legged friend is part of the family and probably the one family member that loves camping more than anyone else. Remember, wilderness and nature are part of every dog’s evolutionary history. Those remote wolf ancestors thrived outside and so does your dog!
Our team at TickZapper® thought it would be the perfect time to provide some helpful pet parent advice for the upcoming camping season. Before you head outside, here are six important tips for camping with your favorite furry friend:
- Brush up on your dog’s training. Your dog loves the outdoors, and at times, too much! Review important “stay” and “no” commands before camping, just in case your curious canine decides to go on without you. Whether your pet’s training is still a work in progress, or, your pet is accustomed to responding to commands, it’s highly recommended that you keep your dog on a leash while camping, everywhere and anywhere. Even the most well-trained pets can be quickly lured away by outdoor distractions.
- Research rules and pet-related requirements. Most camping areas have certain guidelines for dogs and their owners. Before you embark on your trip, thoroughly review your campsite’s restrictions, regulations, and rules regarding pets. Some state and national parks restrict dogs, due to various protected species in and around the designated park area. Regardless of your camping destination, be prepared and review rules and regulations, ensuring a fun and successful visit.
- Do some tick safety preparation. Of course, camping trips always contain an element of the unexpected. Even the best planning can’t completely prevent tick bites. Before trekking out on your camping trip, make sure you know what ticks might be found in the area and what diseases are associated with those respective ticks. You have a short window of time before tick-borne diseases may be transferred to your pet, typically twenty-four to thirty-six hours. It is for this reason that you must be prepared to safely and quickly remove ticks from your pet – on the spot – without direct human contact. Your safety is as important as your pet’s! First, do a thorough tick-check, along the skin, after each outdoor excursion. Learn more about proper tick checks HERE. Note…If you find a tick embedded in your pet’s skin, remember that quick and safe tick removal is vital to preventing tick-borne disease transmission! The best way to remove a tick from your dog is to quickly apply your TickZapper® – on the spot. Easy to carry in a pocket (1 ounce), and self-energizing (no batteries required) means that you can play outdoors as long as you like because you will be prepared to quickly remove an entire tick (including mouthparts!) – without the risk of human contact.
- Pack wisely. You need provisions while camping, and so does your pet. Plenty of clean water should be available at all times, along with a supply of healthy food and snacks. If you’re the hiking type and your dog loves a long walk, a well-stocked backpack will keep you and your dog hydrated and energetic, even after multiple miles. Ice cubes in water bottles may help with keeping your furry friend’s water cool. Aside from food and water, have your lightweight TickZapper® on hand.
- Beware of the less-traveled path. Sensible pest control measures are effective, but that doesn’t mean they’re foolproof. While “off the beaten path” sounds exciting, it’s also a place where ticks tend to linger, especially in areas with significant leaf litter. Other areas to avoid include moist, shady areas with tall grass and other vegetation. Most ticks are at ground level, although a few species “quest” for a host. A questing tick hangs from grass or shrubs (approximately 1-2 feet above the ground) and waits for passing animals. Remember, there’s more than one route from point A to point B. Keep your dog away from tick-infested areas, including leaf litter and tall grasses. The goal is to have as much fun as possible camping with your pet, while keeping those eight-legged pests away from your four-legged friend! Learn more about where ticks live HERE.
- Have a blast! One of a dog’s happiest moments is when he or she is exploring the great outdoors. Camping trips are ideal for exploration and experiencing new sights, smells, and sounds – along with making new friends! For your dog, camping is a chance to reconnect with nature, and possibly discover a new part of the world. With careful preparation, which includes packing the best tick removal tool on the market – the TickZapper® – you’ll surely have unforgettable fun with your pet…a wonderful chance to create memories that last a lifetime!
We know you love to go camping with your best buddy. Go ahead and enjoy the outdoors with your with your beloved pet, but don’t let ticks derail your fun! Be Prepared…take the revolutionary TickZapper® along for your next trip! Learn more HERE. Buy your new TickZapper®, today!