Camping With Dogs
Nothing beats having your best friend with you on your camping trip, but bringing your dog camping requires a little extra thought and planning to be sure they have everything they need.
Here are the DEERPARK / NEW YORK CITY NW KOA HOLIDAY's Top 5 Suggestions for a great getaway with your fluffy pal(s)!
Choose Your Site: Our campground is pet friendly for all RV and tent campers. In addition to that we do have both pet friendly and pet free lodging options. When you make your lodging reservation make sure to include your pet in the “guests” section so you know you are reserving pet friendly lodging.
Proof of Current Rabies Vaccinations: Here in New York the state requires us to collect proof of rabies vaccinations for all our furry campers AND visiting furry campers regardless of what state they come from. You will be reminded of this on your reservation email and at check in. Campers can email proof of current rabies vaccinations ahead of check-in to DeerparkKOA@aCampfire.com or we can take a photo of your paperwork / current rabies tag when you arrive.
Pet Activities: Your pet is free to enjoy our Pet Park and leashed pets are free to be walked in all areas of the campground except inside buildings. Pets are also free to enjoy swimming in our waterways but they are not allowed on the pool deck or in the pool. Please remember to always pick up your poop and dispose of it in proper waste receptacles.
Barking: Some dogs are more vocal than others. Some just like to bark and some bark from stress. If your furry friend is new to camping try a short 1 or 2 night trip. That will give them a little time to get used to the new routine before you take them out for those longer trips where you may run into noise complaints from the neighbors.
Things To Bring: Food and treats, medications and pet first aid kit, safety gear such as a cooling bandana, coat or life jacket, toys, collar with tags and contact information, food and water dishes, poop bags, pet bed, leashes/harness/packs, kennel/crate, extra towels for muddy paws, and anything else they use on a daily basis.
And here are some additional suggestions from the collective wisdom of KOA
Provide water: Your dog needs a constant supply of fresh water at the campground, especially when you camp in hot weather. Keep a bowl of water outdoors and readily available while you are at the campsite. With water easily accessible, KOA makes it easy to keep your pet’s bowl full of clean water.
Watch the temperature: Summer is a popular time for camping, but high temperatures can be dangerous for your dog. Keep your pup cool when the temperature soars. Bring them inside your RV to enjoy the air conditioning or help them relax in the shade if you are tent camping. Limit the time you spend doing physical activities, such as hiking, during the hottest part of the day. Early mornings and evenings are cooler, so your pup doesn’t get overheated. A dog tent is another way to provide cooling shade for your pup during the day.
Bring a long lead: Since your dog needs to stay on a leash at your campground, you want to give them enough room to move around the area. Pack a long lead or cable, so they have some room to roam. Be aware of the length to ensure your dog doesn’t encroach on your camping neighbor’s area.
Supervise: At home, you may let your dog play in the backyard or house unattended. At the campground, your pup needs constant supervision. KOA campgrounds are safe and clean, but your pup could sniff out something that is potentially dangerous if not supervised carefully. The unfamiliar surroundings could make your dog uneasy. They also needs supervision in case other campers approach. It is important to supervise those interactions to make sure your dog and human neighbors feel comfortable and safe at all times. Keeping your dog close to you is the easiest way to supervise them. If you do need to leave, place them in a kennel or other secure space.
Clean up: Pick up your dog’s messes right away. Leaving messes on the grass makes your campsite smelly and attracts bugs. Keep the area clean for yourself and your camping neighbors.
Stick to a schedule: Your schedule is often more laid back, and you may make decisions as you go rather than planning everything. However, it is still important to stick to a schedule for your pooch, especially when it comes to feeding. Feed your pet at the same times you do when you are at home to help keep them on their regular schedule.
Make a doggy first aid kit: Being out in nature makes your pup happy, but it also exposes them to some potential dangers. Pack first aid supplies to use on your dog in case they have an accident while on the camping trip. Some items you should bring include gauze, cotton swabs, non-stick pads, medical tape, gloves, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, allergy medication, oral syringe, and hot and cold packs. Many of the same items you use on yourself work for your pet, but be sure to check with your veterinarian before administering any medications; some medications that are great for humans can be harmful to dogs.
Protect against dangers: Keep your pet away from potential hazards. The campfire is one of the biggest risks. Position your dog’s lead, so that they cannot reach the fire.
Check for debris or bugs in fur: As your dog explores in nature, they may pick up burrs, ticks and other things. Check their fur and skin regularly, particularly for ticks. Remove ticks immediately if you spot any. Brush out any seeds and other plant debris. Preventative flea and tick treatments before you leave can help to alleviate some of these issues.