5 Essential Tips for a Happy Camping Trip With Your Dog
Updated: Mar 6
After all they are part of the family & who wants to stay at home when there is fun to be had with your pack gang in the great outdoors!
Looking for the perfect camping or glamping spot to enjoy the great outdoors with your furry family? Look no further than Top of the Woods in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Not only do we offer dog-friendly accommodation (all our glamping accommodation is dog friendly!), but our campsite is next to a woodland where you can give your pooch off-lead time on their holidays too. Plus, Dylan and Dirk, the campsite dogs love meeting all our camping guests.
Close by to the Top of the Woods campsite, the location is beautiful and boasts plenty of nearby beaches, pubs, shops, and cafes that will welcome your pups. Plus, you can even get dog ice cream - every dog's favourite treat!
Read our ultimate guide to what makes a happy camping trip with your dog!
Tip 1 - Bring your dog’s lead & a dog screw.
When you are packing for your dog-friendly camping holiday in Pembrokeshire, Wales, don’t forget your pooches lead and a bring a long leash and dog screw.
This is because your dog needs to be on lead at all times, including at the camping and glamping pitches, this is to keep everyone safe and happy! Dont worry, we are right next to a woodland, so you can always take your dogs into the woods away from the campsite for off-lead time.
If you have forgotten your lead or dog screw them let us know in reception, we usually have a few spares!
Remember, not everyone loves dogs (I know it’s hard to imagine :-) and children and adults can be fearful of dogs. Children can be unpredictable around dogs, laughing, screaming, and crying around the dogs can frighten and make them anxious or even bite. If the dog is off lead you also don’t know where they are pooping and its not fair for other guests, especially with children playing in the meadows.
The campsite site is also full of wildlife and the dogs are in an unfamiliar area with many new things to get over excited about, sounds, smells for example of foxes, badgers & other dogs on site. When dogs get over excited, they don't always listen & are therefore, not under control. Having them on lead or on a dog screw when they are at your pitch means everyone can relax and enjoy their holiday and the wildlife can be left in peace.
Tip 2 - Pitch happy pooches!
At your camping or glamping pitch create a place for your dog to get some shade and access to water. People get caught up enjoying themselves on holiday and forget on a hot sunny day to leave a bowl of water the dog can reach when they are on their leash & dog screw and a place for some shade.
You should never leave your dog unaccompanied at your pitch. Most dogs get anxious and get very vocal when their owners are not with them especially in an unfamiliar place. They may also get themselves tied up with their lead and are maybe in distress.
If you have a camping trip planned, where you can’t take the dog there is the option of local doggie day care. Just ask in reception or book ahead to ensure they will be able to accommodate you on the days you need. Or why not book them into a local dog groomer so they can have a bit of pampering, whilst you are out on your adventure. Never leave your dog in the tent and go off for the day.
Tip 3. Bring a few dog towels
Dogs love to play... in the water...in the mud...in the sea and on the beach when they are on camping holiday. The question to ask yourself do you want to bring all that muck into your tent or into your lovely car?
Probably not! so bring a couple of towels for your pooches and their cute and muddy paws, so you can give them a wipe off. You can also hose off the little mucky pups if they are super muddy from being in the woods, we know what spaniels, labs and cockerpoos are like! There is a dog hose just by the Dutch Barn, so give your pooch a little hose down :-) they will also really love this on a really hot day too.
Tip 4. Don't over feed your dog or the hoomans :-)
I know we all do it when you get those adorable doggie eyes looking at you when you are scoffing your fifth sausage from the campfire BBQ!! I think this advice should be for the hoomans too!
But try to keep to the dogs regular food & feeding habitats & don’t go overboard with feeding them excessive scraps. This is because changes to their diet can do things to your dogs tummy, which means there usual poop routine ends up being five times a day instead of three! Who wants to wander out in the middle of the night to let there dog go to the toilet when you are nicely snuggled in your sleeping bag and no one wants to share a tent with a dog making ghastly smells or even humans for that matter!
Tip 5. Bag it and bin it !
No one wants to play in grass or go hiking with horrible dog poop littering the way. Apart from it being unsightly, it is dangerous for children and wildlife.
Remember to pick up your pups poop, bag it and take it back with you till you can find a bin to dispose of it properly. Look out on the campsite for our "red danger bins", which is for dog and baby nappy waste! They are in every meadow and in the courtyard - you can miss them!
Also if you have run out of dog poop bags just ask at reception as we have a roll of eco dog bags you can buy.
Tip 6. I know i said 5 things.......but here is No 6!
Dreaming of a camping holiday for you and your pup? Pembrokeshire in Wales could be the perfect dog-friendly spot! But before packing up the car, it's important to make sure that your pooch is going to fit into a camping lifestyle.
Are they typically good with other dogs, children, and pets? Do they display aggressive or excessively barking behaviour? If so, working on their socialisation skills through training might be a great pre-trip activity. As long as you know your pup will be well behaved and ready for adventure, your happy camping getaway awaits!
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