Being able to go camping with man’s best friend or whichever animal you have as your close companion, is a special occasion. However, when em-bark-ing on your next camping trip, doggo’s protection and safety is always a looming concern while being out in the wild.

Not only that, if it’s raining cats and dogs, a wet and muddy dog could cause chaos inside your tent.

Luckily for us, there is a wide range of tents suitable for dogs and their owners, which will protect you from all those dangers. Enabling camping with pooch a simplistic, comfortable and most importantly, an enjoyable experience.

Best Tent for Dog Owners
Coleman Dome Tent with Screen Room | Carlsbad Camping Tent with Screened-In Porch
Best Pop Up Dog Tent
PETTOM Dog Cat Camping Tents 45.3" L 34.6" W 28.3" H Pet Travel Bed Beach Tent Portable Water-Resistant Outdoor Camp Easy Set up and Take Down (Green)
Best Dog Canopy Tent
SUPERJARE XLarge Outdoor Dog Bed, Elevated Pet Cot with Canopy, Portable for Camping or Beach, Durable 1680D Oxford Fabric, Extra Carrying Bag - Silver Gray
Best Tent for Dog Owners
Coleman Dome Tent with Screen Room | Carlsbad Camping Tent with Screened-In Porch
Best Pop Up Dog Tent
PETTOM Dog Cat Camping Tents 45.3" L 34.6" W 28.3" H Pet Travel Bed Beach Tent Portable Water-Resistant Outdoor Camp Easy Set up and Take Down (Green)
Best Dog Canopy Tent
SUPERJARE XLarge Outdoor Dog Bed, Elevated Pet Cot with Canopy, Portable for Camping or Beach, Durable 1680D Oxford Fabric, Extra Carrying Bag - Silver Gray
  1. First, we will review the smaller dog tents, which are specifically designed for your dog alone and can be pitched indoors and outdoors. 
  2. Then, we will review larger tents that are suitable for dog owners, whereby you will be sleeping together, or at least in the same vicinity. 

Best Dog Tent Reviews

Not just a playful pet shelter, they have some worthy designs and materials that can hold their own outdoors and in adverse weather conditions.  Protective also, sheltering your dog from natural dangers like mosquitoes, creepy crawlies, and the suns harmful rays, among others.

11. Little Dove Pet Teepee Tent Review

Little Dove - Pet Teepee Tent

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If you’re looking for a super cute and unique option for camping with your pet, you could try this Teepee Pet tent from Little Dove. Albeit not as rainproof as the pop up dog tents. Given that the cover is made from cotton canvas as opposed to poly or oxford fabric, they look amazing and offer premium level comfort for your pet.

We wouldn’t suggest sticking these outside the campsite completely open, only unless the weather is brilliant. However, if you are expecting some difficult weather, like heavy rain or unbearable heat, you will need to take measures to protect the teepee. 

It’s very convenient with machine washable material, so you can keep it pristine all year round. The poles are made from pine wood and the whole aesthetic generally is extremely authentic, with a Native American design, making for some excellent photo opportunities with doggo. 

Key Features:

Traditional Design (Great for photos)

Real Pine Wood Poles

Cotton Canvas Fabric


Don’t leave outdoors overnight if chance of rain


10. GigaTent Pet Tent Review

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With a simplistic and fast pop up assembly, it’s perfect for camping with your dog. The feature we like most about this is the foam pad, which offers a comfortable area for the dog to sit and sleep, this almost alleviates the need of buying a dog bed. You can just add a thick blanket to the foam bed and it will suffice.

Manufactured in 3 different sizes, this is the middle-sized tent, however, they do also have a larger option in addition to a smaller one. 34 x 34 x 40 in inches are the measurements for this model and will fit most average sized dogs.

With one large door which is zippered and another important feature, the mosquito mesh nets to stop the bugs disturbing doggo, it’s a great choice tent for dog owners.

Key Features:

3 Size Models

Mosquito Mesh Nets

Foam Pad Floor


The Zipper is not as durable as we would have liked

9. Cool Runners Pop up Dog Tent Review

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A sleek, stylish and quality pop up dog tent enters our list from Cool Runners. This dog tent sets up in seconds given the spring-loaded mechanism inside the framework. No tools or instruction manuals needed, it’s good to go once it’s out the box.

1 size and 1 color theme so it’s pretty restricted in that area. It stands at 47 x 47 x 32 in inches, so it’s suitable for small-big sized animals, but nothing too huge. 

It’s just as easy to fold down as it is to pitch and comes with a free carry case for storage, not a bad dog tent by all means and shows good quality in the design and materials used.

Key Features:

Sleek Design

Ventilated Roll-Up Windows

Fast Pitch and Pack


Frequently Low/Out of Stock


8. FrontPet Portable Pet Tent Review

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It’s not a pop-up dog tent but it does employ a very quick and easy setup which entails a 1 step process only. Additionally, it works really well with all manner of pets, cats, rabbits as well, due to the crate style design, it’s really secure with no windows.

The side panels are all meshed panels so you won’t have any issue with poor ventilation due to the lack of windows.  May appear slightly cage-like but this is because they are focusing on protecting your pet during the night time, from outside dangers. 

Key Features:

Robust and Strong

Secure Crate Style Design

Meshed Side Panels


One of the Heavier Models on the List


7. Best Choice Products Canopy Dog Tent Review

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A miniature canopy tent! This is also an awesome little product that can be used for your dogs while camping or any outdoor activity. Firstly a camping cot, it offers a raised and protected area for your dog. Keeping them off rough or hot surfaces, protecting their paws and feet. 

With the ventilated mesh cot bed, this will allow air to pass up through from underneath, creating a cool environment for your dog. The ultra-lightweight yet sturdy steel frame comes with a travel bag so it’s easily carried with the rest of your camping gear. 

Key Features:

99lb Weight Capacity

Steel Frame

Travel Bag


Being a Canopy Style it’s Not Enclosed


6. Lightspeed Outdoors Mini Pop Up Tent Review

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This is a really nice option for a larger pet or if you have a couple of pets to shelter. This pop up tent from Lightspeed is excellent for a temporary shade, whether it’s from rain or sun, it will shade your pet effectively.

Geared towards use under the hot sun it has a great UV protection rating and a UPF of 50+, which combined with the pop up method of assembly, you can have instantaneous protection as soon as you arrive at the beach or campsite. Small inflatable tents are often used on the beach, but in this case, we loved the pop up model.

Dimensions wise it’s around 7 x 3.5 x 3.3 in feet for width, diameter and height respectively. This also packs down to a small and compact size within the carry case, which only weighs around 3 lbs, thus easily implemented into your gear.

Key Features:

〉 UPF +50

〉 Pop Up Assembly 

Larger Shelter than Enclosed Tents


Won’t hold up in heavy weather


5. Jespet Pet Playpen Review

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Another different design but effective for the same purpose as a dog tent, it kinda reminds me of a gazebo design. The pet playpens provide a personal space for your dog to relax. Play and sleep within a 61 x 30 inches generous space, which will be ample size for most dogs and pets.

Perfect to take on the next camping trip, the playpen comes with 2 doors for easy entrance and exit and the cover is meshed also to allow for proper ventilation. You could even use a tarp over the top to make it waterproof if necessary.

Made with 600D Oxford Fabric it uses quality materials and the side panels are also made with protective fabric to prevent water penetration. This also provides a smooth and non-stick surface so they are easy to clean, you can blast them with the hose and let them dry out before packing away.

Also utilizing some storage pockets on the side-panels, there are 2 in total, perfect for storing your pet amenities.

Key Features:

Ventilated Mesh

Double Doors

Side Storage


Need a cover for the meshed top if you are using outdoors with potential rain


4. SUPERJARE XL Outdoor Dog Canopy Review

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If you’re looking for a larger option of canopy tent for dogs, with a larger base for your dog to lay on, this is ideal. Made with strong fabric, the 1680D Oxford Fabric will work well to protect your dog from rain and UV rays alike.

Not only this, with the increased dimensions it utilizes a steel frame, which has been well designed and can hold over 100 pounds in weight, up to around 120 max before the frame may start to bow. The material is breathable so it won’t create a stuffy environment when the canopy is fitted to the base, it will be breezy and cool.

The steel frame is also scratch/bite resistant, being steel, so you don’t need to worry about the durability of the frame diminishing. It will stay strong and of value way past its price tag. A carry bag is also included for easy storage and portability during travel.

Key Features:

120lb Weight Capacity

1680D Oxford Fabric

Foam Pad Floor


The Canopy won’t completely stop the rain, but will provide some shelter.


3. Winterial Outdoor Pop Up Pet Tent Review

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It comes with a free foam pad for your dog to rest on, so this creates exceptional value for its price tag. It may not be the most durable dog tent out there, but it’s definitely a well-priced temporary choice with some cool features.

Measuring up at 64 x 30 x 29 in inches for length, width and height respectively it has an elongated tent design which is suitable for even larger dogs. The foam pad is 2 inches thick and will fit into the interior base tightly. 

At 2.6 lbs. in weight, it’s about as much as you can expect from a pop up pet tent, nothing special here and not too heavy either. The assembly follows a 1 step process whereby you just need to throw up in the air and it will fold out accordingly, in the same way, you can fold it back up again like a coil and place it back into its storage bag.

Key Features:

Easy Pop Up Assembly

Elongated Design

Free Foam Pad


May need rainfly or tarp cover to protect in heavy rainfall.


2. Pettom Pet Tent Review

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Next up is a real dog tent from Pettom, with all the features of a traditional tent, this is great for taking camping with your dog. With some more robust features like the tarp flooring which is water-resistant and tough. Then the top is made of a 210D polyester fabric which is easy to clean and protected from rainfall and sunlight, protecting your pet inside.

It’s insanely easy to set up with a pop up assembly method, great for throwing open when arriving at the campsite or beach, to provide an instant cover for your dog. The frame is fiberglass so it’s insanely light and you won’t notice it within your gear.

Metal stakes come with the tent which can be used to secure it tightly to the ground and the mesh windows create a breathable environment internally, while the meshed panels stop the mosquitoes. Dimensions wise it’s around 45 x 35 x 28 in inches for length, width and height respectively.

Key Features:

Lightweight Fiberglass

210D Polyester Cover

Double Tarp Flooring


Fiberglass is lightweight but not known for its strength, keep the weight limit low. 


1. Alcott Pup Tent Review

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This simplistic pup tent from Alcott is a great option for a quick trip or outdoor event whereby a shelter is required for your dog. Manufactured as a one size fits all tent, it is suitable for the majority of dog sizes. At 32 x 42 x 30 in inches, for width, depth and height respectively you can measure up and see if it will suffice.

It’s super lightweight as well, weighing in at only 1.5 lbs., it’s possibly the lightest dog tent in our list. In addition, it has a waterproof base which will stop water encroachment from the bottom up. The windows are meshed which provides 2 things, ventilation by allowing air to pass through and circulate into the tent. Secondly, this provides some bug protection, from mosquitoes for example.

Key Features:

Waterproof Base

5 Meshed Windows

Waterproof and Lightweight


Again, with lightweight models, be careful with weight limit and wind.

Best Tents for Camping with Dogs Reviewed

Best for dogs that are used to sleeping near or beside you, or if you simply want the comfort of seeing your companion at all times.

7. Coleman Steel Creek with Screen Room

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This is an excellent choice for camping with your dog, so it will take position at the top of our list. This durable tent from Coleman has an integrated screen room, which is perfect for creating a homely environment for your dog. With more than enough space for a dog bed or small camping cot, a sleeping area is easily created.


Featuring a screened room integrated as a front porch in appearance, but is fully enclosed. The enclosure also features a fine mesh material that is very effective in keeping bugs at bay, giving pooch a trouble-free rest.


The tent is well ventilated and features windowed awnings that allow the breeze to pass through the tent and escape through the roof or door if unzipped. This is great for airing out the tent in the morning, as there may be an odor after a day or 2.


Employing the fast pitch system from Coleman it is very easy to set up, using color coded poles and parts to guide you through the set up. The center hub is directly attached to the frame and it will pull up together in unison. Then you simply hammer in the stakes and attach the reflective guy lines to secure. 

Size and Extras

This model comes in at 10 x 9 with the screen room at 10 x 5 in total. The center height is just around 5.8 foot, it’s lower than a cabin tent due to the dome design. However, the dome has additional benefits against the wind, allowing it to glide over the tent aerodynamically. 

Carlsbad Dark Room Tent

Check out the darkroom model for sun-sensitive dogs

They also have a dark room version available of the same tent. If you or your dog are particularly sensitive to sun, or you plan to camp in the summertime in a hot area, you can consider this one instead.

Key Features:

Large Screen Room

Ventilated and Windowed 

Durable Polyguard Fabric


Lower Head Height than Cabin Models

〉 The Dark Room Model is Superior In Hot Weather

6. NTK Indy GT XL FT Review

NTK Indy GT XL FT Outdoor Dome

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Our next choice is from NTK with a sleek and modern tent with some cool features that make it compatible for camping with a dog. A screened room that also turns into an awning with a few easy changes, it creates a cool chill-out area during the hot afternoons. 


Manufactured as a 6 person tent it provides a healthy amount of space for camping with family and dog. The total floor size is 14 x 8 foot with a huge center height of 6.2 foot. Which is higher than the Coleman, but less protective from the sun as the Dark Room


Utilizing 190T polyester fabric it is deemed waterproof, also comes with a rainfly that has a 2500mm water rating. This level of protection from the rainfly creates an excellent water resistant tent. The polyester has been coated with polyurethane which also helps to protect from water penetration and UV rays.


The interior has a large door in a D shape that also consists of a fine mesh which will work to keep bugs and mosquitos away from you and pooch. Inside you will find a storage pocket that is also mesh, this can help to stop the buildup of condensation in the corners of the pockets.


They boast that the micro mesh is usable in the Amazon Rainforest, however, we are yet to test this! There is also an anti-fungal material used in the flooring, so you won’t need to worry about morning moss and mildew building up over time. Lastly, its fire retardant with a CPAI-84 rating.

Key Features:

Fire Retardant

Bathtub Design

Screened Room and Awning


The Taller Head Height may need Extra Stakes and Guys to Secure

5. Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent Review

Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent

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With 3 color choices and being one of the best-selling family tents in the 8 person range, let’s find out more about this model and why it’s perfect for camping with dogs.


Featuring a meshed roof vent this allows the heat and stuffy air to escape through the ventilation. This is very important, especially if you have a few bodies in there, things can get stuffy really quickly. With the vented roof plus meshed material used on the screen room area, you will have no problems clearing out any odors.

Front Awning

The enclosure is made up of a fine meshed screen which keeps out bugs and mosquitoes, then the windows roll up to enclose the whole area to keep out the rain. The windows don’t meet the top rainfly incredibly well, but to fix this you can add Velcro to secure tightly together.


There are 2 pockets integrated into the interior of the tent. This is a useful feature for keeping important possessions off the ground, or tasty treats away from doggo. A duffel bag also comes free with the purchase so you have somewhere to store the tent neatly and tidily after use, make sure to air it out and dry it before stowing away. The tents area has a coverage of 98 square foot with an additional 60 square foot for the screened room.

Key Features:

Large Front Awning

Meshed Roof Vents

Fully Waterproof


Only a 3 season tent, avoid winter camping with this model.

4. Juniper Lake Instant Tent with Annex Review

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What we most like about this tent is that it covers the necessities, within a reasonable price. Instant set up, storage and protection is all you really need for a basic tent to camp with your dog. Let’s put it under the microscope.


As a dome tent it has a lower center height than others but performs better in windy conditions, given the natural aerodynamic value of the dome shape. A 4 person lightweight model, compact in dimensions and a breeze to set up. It sets up within a minute because the framework is all pre-attached, so you just have to pop it out and extend the framework outwards until you hear the click. 


With an annex feature built into the design, we have a perfect area for the dog to use as a sleeping area, which is separated from where you sleep. Giving enough space for a medium sized dog bed at best, it would work well for average sized dogs. 


The WeatherTec system works to protect the tent from water penetration and UV rays. Additionally protected by a waterproof rainfly, which will help to keep the interior and annex sections dry during rainfall. 

Key Features:

60 Second Set Up

Annex Feature

Numerous Storage Pockets


Good as a first tent for camping with dogs, covers the basics, but not much more than that.

3. WEANAS Backpacking Tent Review

WEANAS Professional Backpacking Tent

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This versatile backpacking tent from WEANAS is an excellent choice for small ventures into the wild with your dog. Utilizing an awning attachment, it creates an extra shaded area that is perfect for a dog bed or cot to sit in.


Not only this but its fully waterproof and has excellent ventilation so you can sleep soundly in the hot summer days. The tent comes in 3 different sizes and 3 color variations, its an economically priced tent so I’d personally go for the largest regardless, the additional space is worth it when camping with your dog. 


This tent is full of useful features for pet camping, one of those especially is its ultra light weight. Given that the frame is made up of aluminum rods, it’s an insanely easy carry at only 6lbs for the largest size. An affordable tent for backpacking with suitable features for dog.

Key Features:

3 Sizes and 3 Color Choices

Economically Priced

Lightweight at 6lbs


Additionally a 3 season, not premium materals due to price.

2. Andake 1206G Review

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The lightest tent for dog owners in our list is the Andake 1206G and yes if you have guessed it, the 1206g really represents its weight, at around 2.5lbs it’s an ultra lightweight backpacking tent that has excellent compatibility for camping with dogs. 


The double walled tent is protected well, so it’s not as flimsy as you may suspect for an aluminum frame tent. The hydrostatic rating is impressive, reaching 3000mm. Utilizing ripstop in the membrane to make the fabric tougher than usual, additionally.


The material is silicone coated to further protect from rain and abrasions while on the trail. The whole package is very well priced as well, as it comes with a free flysheet, internal mosquito netting (which is fantastic for our pets) and all poles, ropes and pegs.

Key Features:

Tunnel Design

Ultra-Lightweight 2.5lbs

3000mm HH


Seam seal prior to use and the assembly is a little tricky, practice at home first. 

1. Timber Ridge 8 Person Tent Review

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It can be clearly seen on this model that it has 2 separated compartments, a perfect opportunity to share rooms with your dog on your next camping trip. With 2 large rooms, 3 windows and a year’s warranty to boot, it’s a great option.


The 2 compartments look great and employs a sleek, modern aesthetic. The front has 2 large doors in a D shape, which meet in the middle and the fly is also fully removable. Additionally, its seam sealed, ensuring a tight and rigid cover.


Its dimensions are 14 x 8 foot for its base size and the center height at the middle peak is 6.2 foot high, this is generous but also expected as an 8 person tent. It has 2 rooms which are separated by a central divider, which can also be attached and detached when necessary.


Backed by a warranty to protect you from any damaged or defective parts on the tent. So make sure to check your order over intricately upon arrivals, so you can claim your return if you do happen to find a fault.

Key Features:

Great Beach Tent Option

Large Double Rooms

Breathable Polyester Material


I would suggest waterproofing before using in any type of rainfall, from low to heavy. 


Buyers Guide: How to Choose a Tent for Camping with Dogs?

Screened vs Porch vs Annex

Screened Rooms

Are extensions onto the main room of the tent that extend from the doorway of the main hub. Named a screen room because the side panels generally consist of a fine mesh. Which is great for air circulation and keeps the mosquitoes and bugs out. The room itself usually has a waterproof flooring, but not always. You can use an additional tarp flooring if there isn’t one. The sides should also have roll-up covers for mesh panels, to stop any water penetration coming through the top. Probably one of the most secure tent models for dog owners and our preferred choice


Porch tents tend to be slightly elongated in comparison to the screened rooms, allowing for more space underneath. There is usually room for a few chairs and a dog tent bed, camping pet cot or dog tent. However, note that porches do not have any sidewalls or meshed panels. For this reason, they make excellent shelters during good weather, but if rainfall approaches you will need to move inside. They are convenient as you can pass through without zippering a door over and over, allowing the dog to run freely in and out of the shade. The issue is, the head height is generally low, making an awkward entry point. 


An Annex is integrated into the tent’s framework and is found internally inside the tent. This is much more close-quarters than the other 2 methods as it’s built-in. For this reason, you will find your dog sleeping close by and benefiting from exactly the same protection as you. Much like a screened room in protection, if not better in some cases, depending on the quality of the tent. This is convenient for sliding a nice dog tent bed into the annex area, creating a personal sleeping area for pooch. The only issue could be the awkward designs that the tents can appear to be when utilizing an annex. Make sure it has a secure frame and strengthened materials in the cover. Also, the smaller tents have a lower annex height. Things could get cramped with a 2-4 person model, so aim for a bigger one if you are going with the annex.

Desirable Features


Size is crucial for a comfortable camping environment. To avoid spatial issues you need to take into account the size of your dog, the amount of gear and how many people are going. You want to aim for a larger size than there are people. So if 4 people, get a 6 person tent and so on.


Look for a tent with a meshed roof of some kind, this will really help to create better circulation. Not only will this keep fresh air coming through but also clear any odors out. Secondly, a window or large door will also help when it gets really stuffy. With a door unzipped and a mesh roof top, this is the perfect A-B needed for circulation, allowing hot air to exit.


Of course, being waterproof is a basic necessity. Look for tents that utilize Polyethylene, Polyguard or a durable form of Polyester. I would also recommend using a waterproof spray prior to your first use. Coat it on during your first test set up at home. It’s inexpensive, easy to use and will add longevity to the tents.


Checking if the ground floor is waterproof on the tent is also key, it will stop the damp coming up through the material. This is crucial because sometimes the screened rooms come without a floor. Check that the ground material is the same quality as the tent. If there is any differentiation you can use a camping tarp to floor the screened room, creating an impenetrable ground cover.


A convenient assembly is also ideal. A pop up or instant tent are of course very convenient and set up instantly. Although if its security over speed you’re after, then consider a traditional tent pole set up.


Camping with your dog will require extra items going in your camping gear. For this reason, we will require some additional storage or storage space. Screened rooms make an excellent choice regarding this matter as its shelters and covered 24/7. Additionally, extra storage pockets on the interior of the tent and dog tent would be ideal. So you can store its playthings, treats and other toys and trinkets away safely.

31 Tips for Camping with Dogs (Real Dog Owner Advice)

We are here to help and in this piece, we will provide 31 pro tips most commonly put into practice by veteran campers, who regularly camp with their dogs. This guide is geared towards first-timers and dog camping newbies, however for those of you who have already ventured into the wild with your companion, stick around, you may learn a cool new tip or 2.

1-Temporary Tags

Are a great idea for camping with your dog and also an inexpensive security measure. You can attach them along with your existing tags. You should put information such as campsite address, campsite ID number and a telephone number. If you’re camping on the trail and really roughing it, you can include the number of the nearest ranger station.camping dog tags


2-Short Leads

Are very useful if you’re camping in around a dense forest area, in addition to your usual leash and collar. Some experienced campers may have experienced the longer leash wrapping around them, when trying to pitch the tent. It’s a good idea to keep a short leash available for these situations. If you have issues with pulling, check here on how to stop your dog pulling on the lead.

dog short leads


3Dog Tents

Are very practical when thinking of your dog’s safety while on a camping trip. If you leave your dog out on its lonesome, it may encounter some small (or large, god forbid) wild animals. An encounter with a coyote could end in tears, so try to arrange a sheltered location, preferably close to you. 

Lumsing Pet Tent for Dogs


4-Outdoor Dog Beds

Of course, go with the above, these are additional or separate items that can be used while on your camping trip. That provides a comfortable, warm and protected place to sleep. Ranging from insulated sleeping bags to elevated camping pet cots with thick foam padding.

outdoor dog bed


5– Tethers

Should be used to keep your dog tied while at the campsite, to avoid any problematic interactions. A chew proof Tether is a great solution for this and simple to use, just drive it into the ground and tie a short leash to it. This will keep your dog secured and still while you are pitching your tent or doing some other important tasks. It also stops them invading the neighbors if they are so inclined to do so.

dog tether


6-Camping Tarps

Are an effective way to keep hypothermia from setting in if the ground is wet, damp and cold. Just slide it under the area where the dog is sleeping or resting for best results. They also make an impressive instant shelter which you can prop up in a matter of minutes, tarps are an insanely useful item to take with you and take up very little space in your backpack. They do take some practice to set up, but well worth it in the end.

dog camping tarp


7-Check the campsite

You intend to visit well ahead of time and make sure that you’re actually allowed to camp there with your pup. The last thing you want is to turn up and realize dogs aren’t allowed either on the camping grounds at all, or on the trail, scuppering your plans. There are an abundance of campsite and trails that are indeed open for dogs. A quick google search or investigation on some forums like Reddit for example will help to discover those. Rules vary widely between national, state and local parks so it’s important to check what is exactly possible.

check the campsite


8-A Doggy Sweater

Is a great way to keep the dog insulated and warm if they have a short coat. Especially if the sleeping bag or bed you are using is quite thin, or if the weather is particularly cold. Depending on the weather you expect may influence your purchase. For the winter months, you may want something soft and warm, like cotton for example. However, 100% cotton won’t fair so well in wet weather, it will get damp and heavy. In this case, you can go for a polyester option that is generally waterproof.

doggy sweaters for camping


9-Water Purifiers or Purifier Tablets

Are crucial if you intend to use natural water supplies while camping. Do NOT let your dog drink from lakes and rivers, there could be an abundance of Toxic Chemicals and Harmful Bacteria existing in that water source. This can lead to the worst possible consequences imaginable. A filtration system of some kind will ensure safe and clean water to drink for the duration of your trip.

dog drinking from river


10-Waterproof Containers

Are a good way to store the dog food in a secure and safe manner. Also pack more food than you need to count for any mishaps, losses or overstays. Perhaps your dog will be getting a lot more exercise done than usual, creating a larger appetite, additionally, pooch wants a safe and dry place to store his treats! woof!

dog eating treats


11-First Aid Kits

Are important also, especially if you are hitting the trail and doing some hiking with your dog, always be prepared for any mishaps with a fully equipped first aid kit. As you’re hiking or backpacking, aim for a lightweight bundle bag, that covers all the basic necessities but maintains a fairly lightweight at the same time. Make sure to include something to deal with ticks, they can be a nightmare if unseen and left alone.

dog camping first aid


12-Dog Toys

Are a great way to alleviate any anxiety your dog may feel on its first time camping. You don’t necessarily have to buy one, you can take its favorite one from home with you on the trip, to offer that sense of comfort. Don’t worry, a dog will become more and more relaxed by repetition, use the toy to comfort the dog and in time it will not be needed as the anxiety will fade.

camping dog toy


13-Body Harnesses and Flat Collars

Are the best types of collars to use when hiking with your dog, they create the least pressure and the most support for your dog, during those long walks. Front hook harnesses restrict some motion in the shoulders so aren’t ideal. However, if you’re dog doesn’t fare well with body harnesses, you can use a front hook harness, but better sticking to flat trails with a firm surface with this method.

dog harness for camping


15-A Retractable Dog Collar

Doesn’t have the best rep generally, but they are actually good for dogs who listen to commands and are obedient. They also will make a good choice for dogs who don’t utilize the body harnesses, the retractable can work just as well especially on the trail.

Retractable dog leash for hiking


16Car Seat Covers for dogs

Are important for keeping your dog comfortable during the long drives and also a great way to protect your car from dirt, scrapes, and damage. Often when we are out on the trail, our dogs’ paws can get dirtied or wet from puddles, etc, then it’s an impossible task to keep their feet perfectly clean. Debris will get into the car somehow and it can be abrasive on the material. Additionally, they usually have an attachment so you can secure the dog safely to the seat to reduce movement on the journey.

dog car seat cover


17-Obey Leash Rules

Keep an eye out for any leash rules and stick to them, they can be found sign posted or on the boards of the campsites. It’s for your own safety and for the safety of others. We all adore our own dogs but we have to respect that other people may not like dogs or freak out at the thought of a dog jumping playfully at them. Let’s obey the rules and stay safe.

obey leash laws


18-Critter Control

Some preventative measure such as spraying a coating of flea and tick repellent on your dog, they also come in little droplet bottles, you just squeeze a few drops out on the back of its head, above the neck/collar area. This will help to prevent any ticks of fleas tagging along. Secondly, a more thorough Lyme disease vaccination is a really good idea to get done before embarking on any hiking trip with pooch.

dog tick repellent


19Bear Bells

Are a good way to scare away any nearby wildlife, potential snakes and other creepy crawlies may bolt at the sound of the bell rattling as you march past. Of course, you may be wondering if they actually scare away bears or not. The logic is this, bears generally want to stay away from people. As a rule of thumb, people have figured out that bears may then be wary, or in fear of, any unfamiliar sounds and noises. So a jangling bear bell fits the bill, some hikers wouldn’t leave the home without one and believe them to work 100%, however, this is unproven, but I’d rather go with hearsay than face the consequences of it being true and without one.

bear bell on dog


20-Trek Poles or Walking Poles

Are a great way to keep balance and stability in your knees and legs while trekking, they also improve circulation to prevent cramps and keep you going for a longer duration. You will find the additional support especially helpful over rough terrain, where your dog will be dealing with it much easier than you, the poles will assist you through those tough parts of the trail.

trek pole with dog


21-Biodegradable Dog Poop Bags

Should be used to pick up the dog poo. Dog poo doesn’t biodegrade like other wild animal poop and is actually very detrimental to the environment and surrounding areas. Let’s keep the trail clean for other hikers, dogs, and local wildlife.

biodegradable poop bags



Can be a treacherous occurrence, keep an eye out for some signs and symptoms of this. Such as deep and rapid panting, a bright red tongue, red or pale gums, thick and sticky saliva, weakness, dizziness, and vomiting. A dog will keep going regardless of exhaustion, primarily to please its owner. So don’t overexert your dog, pay attention to how long you have been trekking, along with the heat. Use a shelter for the midday sun and avoid trekking in the peak heat of the day. Wetting their chest and armpits with water can also help to stabilize temperatures and hydrate your dog.

dog heatstroke


23-Period Breaks

Are important when going on long treks with your dog, grab a quick break under some shade, on a bench and let your dog catch his breath. Aside from this it’s a great time to enjoy a quick water break, topping up on that H2O goodness and keep you hydrated for hitting some more trail ahead.

dog resting



Can enable to go ‘hands-free’ for a moment so you can secure your dog and grab something from your pack, take a photo or grab a drink. It’s also useful when you need to carry out the dog poop. Pick up a climbing grade carabiner, this way it will be more durable to weight and the pins won’t fall out easily, like on those flimsy Walmart ones.

dog carabiner


25-Training a Recall

Is important also, being able to recall your dog at will is not only a convenient way to keep your dog under control, but also a safety measure for you both. Practice recalling your dog after every 100 yards of walking, reward accordingly then continue the walk. This repetition will in time, lead to a bombproof recall.

dog recall training


26-Training a Leave It

Is equally important due to the hazards of poisonous mushrooms, poison ivy and many other natural dangers that can be found on the trail. Make sure you train this with your dog to avoid any mishaps while enjoying your adventure.

training a leave it


27-Bear Spray

Is, of course, a situational item that you can take when hiking with your dog, if there is even a slight chance you may enter bear country. We tend to avoid this kind of direction as sensible humans, but it does happen from time to time and you will always want to be prepared to protect yourself and your dog.

bear spray


28-Take a Towel

A simple and obvious one but something you may not think of when preparing. This will just help to clean off the dog of any dirt and debris picked up along the way, also cleaning off its paws as not to dirty the seat cover more than necessary.

dog camping towel


29-Post Trek Assessment

Is a good way to stop and check your dog for any ticks, cuts or allergic reactions. It also helps to fortify the bond between dog and owner, by showing physical compassion towards your pet. Always take a Tick Key in your first aid kit in case your dog picks up any of those nasty little things.

checking your dog


30-Dog Backpacks

Are super cute but also an excellent utility item to hit the trail with. Fasten the backpack around the dogs body and your faithful companion can become even more involved in your trip. Feeling like a little backpacker alongside you, strengthening your bond and enjoyment along the road ahead. NOTE it is of the utmost importance that you do not load the backpack more than 25% of your dog’s body weight, this will cause discomfort especially over long distances like a hike.

dog backpacks


31-Be an Ambassador

In general when out on the trail with your dog. This means, abide by the rules set by the campsite or trail, obey leash rules. Pick up their poop and don’t let your dog trample vegetation. Additionally, avoid chasing small animals and don’t let your harass other hikers. We are responsible for our dog and if we don’t convey the right message, bans get put up. Let’s send the right message as this is one of life’s true joys that only us dog owners, can experience.


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Resources and Sources:

Recall Training- Trekking with Dogs

Using leads properly with dogs

Why you need to be careful of Ticks when camping with a Dog

Potential Dangers for Dogs Camping – Mosquitoes and UV Rays


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