Archive for September 1st, 2011

Sep 01
Priest Lake State Park
Dog Day Afternoon on the water!

Dog Day Afternoon on the Water!

Dog Friendly Camping – A Fresh Air Vacation with your Pup:


Written by Chris Shafer


A dog-friendly camping vacation is one of the best ways to slow down, get away from it all and spend time with your best friend. If you are going to a campground that you are not familiar with, be sure to find out what the rules are regarding your pooch’s stay. Will your dog be required to be tied up at your campsite at all times? Always on a leash for walks? Is there a designated dog area (like a dog beach) for off-leash activity? It is best to do some checking to find a camp-ground or park that will be a good fit for you and your dog.

It is also a good idea to have copies of shot records with you. Sometimes parks and campgrounds require these, so take them along, just in case.


Here is a checklist of other items you may need:

Crate or dog bed

Dry food, dog food bowl and water dish

First aid kit and tweezers

Leash and tie-out

A good line to tie between 2 trees and a cable to attach on a loop and then to the dog

Flea & tick preventatives, which can be purchased at vet clinics and pet stores

Most of all, be prepared to have a terrific time in the outdoors with your best pal.


Heyburn State Park Cabin in North Idaho

Heyburn State Park Cabin in North Idaho

Click here for a list of some of our favorite dog-friendly camp sites and dog beaches.


Remember you can camp year-round, not just in the summer.  Consider a winter camping trip and take your dog snowshoeing or even cross-country skiing!  Idaho State Parks have groomed trails.