Responsible campers and backpackers know to leave “no trace behind,” but a dog, who has been domesticated and removed from nature, may not understand these rules. It’s the reason so few campgrounds allow this boisterous, free-roaming creature to meander through the trails and wildlife.
To ensure pet-friendly campgrounds and trails remain open to dogs, here’s a few pointers to help us all be well-mannered nature dwellers.
Pointer 1 – Lose your dignity.
Of course no one likes to pick up after their pet’s droppings, but it’s a must. A handy baggy dispenser like the one on our Stow’n Go Clip will help to conveniently carry the bags. If your find yourself far from a trash can, put a pack on your dog and let him/her do the carrying.
Pointer 2 – Know who’s taking who for a walk.
Be sure your dog is on voice command prior to taking your dog on an adventure. This will prevent them from running off, jumping up on people or other dogs, and getting into trouble. Your dog is more reluctant to listen in exciting situation, especially where other dogs, people and wildlife co-exist, so proper training is a must. And don’t forget to always carry a leash—just in case.
Pointer 3 – If you bring them along, don’t leave them behind.
An unattended dog can be disruptive to wildlife and other campers, so it’s best not to leave your dog alone. Aside from howling or barking, they could get themselves in a precarious situation if they get tied up, attacked, overheat, or manage to find a poisonous treat.
Pointer 4 – Save it for the hydrant.
Prevent your dog from relieving themselves near swimming areas, children, or food preparation areas. Not only is it unsanitary, but it can attract other types of wildlife to the campsite.