Camping with your dog. Tips for a dream holiday.

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Do you want to go camping with your dog and not have any problems?

More and more people, nature lovers, are deciding to go camping with your dog and do routes and outdoor activities. If you are one of them, make it a great experience for you and your pet following these TIPS.

What to consider before going on a trip with your dog?

A mountain campsite is an ideal destination for four-legged adventurers.

What makes a campsite a paradise for dogs?

Breathing fresh air, exploring new routes and immersing yourself in nature are just some of the advantages of travelling to the Picos de Europa National Park. But for your holiday to be complete, you can’t leave your walking companion behind?

mountain camping, a dog’s paradise

Independence, freedom and accessibility to a multitude of routes are features that camping el Cares offers to make your experience unforgettable.

Even if the destination is the most appropriate for your dream holiday, you have to pay attention to certain details that will ensure that your holiday is not dangerous and that you will take home with you a beautiful memory.

achieving harmonious coexistence

Campsites are ideal places to stay with pets, but it is important to know the rules of coexistence and to respect them. Some of the most basic ones are:

  • always keep your pet on a leash and, if necessary, he should wear a muzzle. Bear in mind that some people are afraid of animals. Make sure that they do their excrements outside the campsite, and always pick the5trm up.
  • brush them outside the campsite and collect the hairs in a bag. Hair flies easily.
  • keep them only in the permitted areas.
  • If your dog does not feel safe when alone, try not to leave HIM alone. Most of them will probably engage in undesirable behaviour such as barking, scratching or breaking something nearby. 

If you are respectful of the rules when camping with your dog, everything will be much better…

Your pet always on a leash

what I need to be comfortable

choosing a good tent site.

Sometimes factors such as weather, terrain or other environmental elements can affect your furry companion’s well-being.

choosing a suitable place to camp, where the climatic effects are not too aggressive, is essential to improve the animal’s stay

Your dog will appreciate being in places that are a little out of the way and not too busy.

Essential items for camping with your dog

It is important not to forget your dog’s personal belongings:

  • to relax during the day, you can use a cooling mat. It helps to regulate body temperature on hot days.
  • to stay warm at night we can use a thermal blanket, which absorbs body heat and returns it to the animal. And if it is a dog with little hair and/or little body fat, a pair of pyjamas will not be superfluous. Don’t forget that temperatures tend to drop in the mountains and it can get cold.
  • the essentials such as a portable feeder and water bowl are also essential. There are some very good options on the market today.
  • a long leash of about 10 metres will allow him some freedom both in the field and on the road.
  • his brush. Your dog will appreciate it if you spend a little time stroking him and giving him affection. And on the other hand, there will be less hair in your car or tent.
  • bring some of his toys. If he ever has to be left alone, they will entertain him and give him confidence.

What to take in the canine first aid kit?

It is important to be prepared when we go into the countryside, especially as we will not have a vet nearby. Here is a list of the essentials.

  • Neutral soap for washing wounds.
  • Iodine solution
  • Physiological saline solution for eyewash.
  • Gloves
  • Gauze.
  • Bandages
  • Adhesive tape
  • Small scissors for cutting bandages
  • Tweezers to remove splinters
  • Tick tweezers
  • Thermometer (normal rectal temperature is between 38 and 39 degrees Celsius, except for puppies, which may have a few tenths more).

Before leaving on your trip, it is a good idea to check with your vet to see if it is advisable to give your pet an anti-parasite, a vaccination or any other advice?

let’s go on an adventure! how to choose a good route for my dog?

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One of the most fun and exciting moments is undoubtedly when we go on a route with our dog. Around El Cares Camping we have a wide range of trails and paths so that we won't get bored for many days. Some of them are part of the self-interpreted routes that the campsite has prepared together with a group of specialists in the field. Others are the famous PR. or short-distance routes that the Picos de Europa National Park has marked with white and yellow marks.
You can get the appropriate information from the campsite reception. But before setting off we must make sure that we take into account certain information about the route:

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  • choose a route suited to the breed, age and physical condition of the animal.
  • Find out the duration and difficulty of the activity.
  • Avoid rocky surfaces or surfaces that reach high temperatures, which could damage the animal’s pads.
  • It is important to have all vaccinations up to date and make sure that the anti-parasite collar is up to date, especially if you cross areas with ferns or tall grass.
  • Avoid heatstroke, take breaks in the shade and cool your dog’s nose and pads, areas through which dogs perspire and eliminate excess temperature.

What to pack in my dog’s backpack?

Spending a few minutes planning what you might need en route is vital to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

Planning the route

  • don’t forget to pack enough food for your dog if the route is long or you are away for the night.
  • take enough fresh water with you. In Picos de Europa some fountains are marked on the maps, but in certain summer months, you may find them dry.
  • avoid food during physical activity. Allow a minimum of 30 minutes between meals and the start and end of the exercise.
  • It can be very useful to carry your dog’s first aid kit. We can add ointment for the pads, relieving irritations, if the route is long or if we go through chalky and abrasive terrain.
  • It is always much better to take precautions and not expose them to the limestone at the altitudes of the Picos de Europa, especially when we have much more pleasant forest routes available to them. However, if we finally decide to do a route with abrasive terrain, there are dog boots that will protect their pads.

Common problems and how to solve them

All of us who have decided to adopt a dog as a companion animal have at some point been confronted with unwanted behaviour, which sometimes becomes routine and therefore a real headache.

Excessive pulling when we go for a walk, excessive and annoying barking or breaking objects and causing unexpected damage… these are some of the behaviours that sometimes make us uncomfortable when we go on holiday with our dog.

Learning to identify your pet’s moods, making it clear what the hierarchy of the “pack” (family) is and establishing appropriate communication are the essential pillars on which its behavioural health will be based, helping our beloved pet to feel more secure and balanced.

Exemplary canine event, not only will you be able to go camping with your dog…

From Camping, el Cares we are preparing an event that you will love. It is about getting to know your companion a little better, as well as learning guidelines that can solve many of these problems.

Exemplary canine event . . . Marina Martín

Marina Martín will teach us the fundamental aspects to go on a route with your dog in a safe and controlled way, how to act in case of an accident and other tips to enjoy the experience. She will take us through the phases of a dog’s growth, character formation and the keys to training.

We will also take the opportunity to get to know one of the most emblematic species of the area, the Iberian wolf.

Marina Martín has extensive experience as a dog trainer and is also a biologist specialising in canine ethology and the management and conservation of the Iberian wolf.

If you would like to consider this unique experience and spend an exceptional weekend with your family, friends and of course your pet, you can see the complete information on this link.

Keys to training, know your dog.

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