Exploring the big outdoors is one of the most fulfilling and humbling activities that you could undertake. Viewing new locations, trying out different activities and tasting delicious local delicacies, is an exciting and inspiring experience. It’s only natural that you would want to enjoy this with your fellow furry friend. However, where do they sleep?
Dogs readily adapt to new sleeping arrangements and will certainly give whatever you throw at them a go. Dogs can sleep in tents (either with you or in their own doggy tent), in the car, in the RV and on hammocks. Each dog is different and where one sleeping arrangement is perfect for one dog, it may be disliked by another. Trial and error will help you discover which sleeping arrangement your dog likes best when camping.
Read on to discover the different types of sleeping arrangement for your dog and the pros and cons of each.
Planning this in advance will give you and your dog the best chance of enjoying it. It might be trial and error that finds what works best for you both but the below will outline what options are available and the associated pros and cons.
Sleeping arrangements can come via; sleeping in a tent, sleeping in your car, sleeping in a campervan, and sleeping in a hammock.
Dogs adapt well to new sleeping arrangements and so trying one if not all options can be an exciting time.
Tents are a form of portable shelter consisting of cover, poles, guidelines and pegs. Usually made from cloth, it can still offer a weather barrier against rain and wind.
Tents are an option available as a form of accommodation when you and your dog are away from home.
On warm evenings, dogs may enjoy lying by the zip door feeling the breeze from the night air and on cooler evenings, your dog may enjoy snuggling with you to keep warm.
Rather than have your furry friend sharing your tent with you, they can sleep in the car whilst on a camping trip.
Sometimes, allowing your dog to sleep outside may not be an option. The campsite might not be dog friendly or there may be wild animals that would not take kindly to another animal being in their space.
If this is the case, allowing your dog to sleep in the car could be the best option.
RV/Campervan camping is a great way to travel further on your adventures and have your necessities with you without having to worry.
A suitable sleeping space for you, it also becomes a second home on wheels for your dog, meaning you can both enjoy and relax on your camping trip together in more comfort.
A more unusual option for your sleeping arrangements, hammock camping means you will be sleeping on a suspended fabric platform.
A lightweight and space saving option, it can be an exciting experience spending a few nights sleeping more openly in the outdoors.
As unusual as it sounds, hammocking can be a sleeping and camping arrangement for your dog too.
We have discussed a lot of options about where your dog can sleep at night, but you may have additional questions. Below, we have provided several answers that you might have about specific camping methods.
Larger dogs will become upset with a dog bed that is too small, and larger beds add unnecessary weight for smaller breeds. Make sure you know the dimensions of the inflatable bed before you buy online and that it will be the right size for your dog. If you go to a store in person, you will have the chance to test it out if you bring your dog to the store.
When you and your dog sleep together in a tent, you want to ensure your sleeping pad is protected. Popping a sleeping pad can make your evenings quite uncomfortable. Before you go on your trip, make sure you cut your dog’s nails so they cannot pop your sleeping pad. This also is true of inflatable beds and hammocks.
A long camping trip can be awful for your dog if they are uncomfortable with where they sleep. We suggest trying out some methods on a quick overnight trip. That way, you can know your dog likes where they sleep at night.
You might think dogs with thick coats of fur are safe from freezing temperatures, but this is not true. Even dogs with the thickest coats of fur can get dangerously cold when the temperature is freezing. If you are backpacking in these temperatures, bring a blanket, dog sleeping bag, or protective warm booties to ensure your pet is safe.
No matter which option you choose as your accommodation for camping, your dog will at least give it a go if not enjoy where you let them sleep.
Although we have outlined pros and cons for each type of camping, the best option for you dog may become the one where they can be closest to you.
Trying each sleeping arrangement together is a great way for you to bond and discover new things about your furry friend. Your dog will appreciate the adventure with you and enjoy getting some fresh air and exercise.