Many of us have pets. Most of us like to camp. Some campers choose to have someone pet-sit for them while they are away, but a lot of campers choose to bring their pets with them on their trips.
How do we make sure that we and our pets have a fun experience while camping? I have collected some information on how to do this!
The first key is safety.
Campers need to remember that in the wilderness, there is wildlife. If you choose to camp in your RV, or even one of our RV Rentals, things will be a little different than if you are tent camping. It is safer to keep your animals leashed on a leash no longer than 10 feet while on the Resort. This will help you be in control of your pet, and it can reduce incidents with other pets or wild animals. Remember that you will likely see other animals. In the Spring and Summer seasons in Missouri, you will likely see snakes, raccoons, possums, and other wild animals. Make sure you know what to do when this happens. Snakes are often hard to spot, which makes them dangerous. Make sure that you take extra precautions near water, in tall grasses, etc to avoid a mishap with a snake. There are other animals to think about as well. Larger animals may also be an issue while camping. If you see a large predator keep your distance, and NEVER turn around and run. A large predator may view you and your pet as prey and chase you. As always, if you see an animal that is aggressive while on the Resort, alert a staff member.
The next key is making sure that your pet is suited for camping.
Here are some things to think about before taking your pet with you on your camping trip. Is your pet overweight? Is your pet older? Has your pet been ill recently? Can your pet handle long walks? These are all questions that you should consider before bringing your pet along. You should be willing to tailor your trip to suit your pets needs. Your pet should also have all vaccinations up to date prior to your trip. Some places such as Lost Valley Lake Resort require you to show proof of vaccination to bring them on the property. If your pet is not at a healthy weight and is not physically able to handle all the things that come with camping, even those that are not planned such as getting lost, you should consider leaving them with someone while you are camping.
Another question to consider is whether your pet is a nuisance to others. Does your dog park at everything, all the time? Is your pet aggressive toward other pets? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you may consider leaving your pet at home. Not only do we need to be considerate of others on the Resort or campground, but we must also be considerate of those who have also brought their pets with them. Poorly trained pets can result in your trip being a disaster. Remember that campgrounds usually have rules regarding pets. It is important to know them and be willing to adhere to them before you leave for your trip. If you have any doubt that your pet will behave, it is best to leave them at home.
Proper packing is IMPORTANT!
You pack all the essentials for yourself and family, so why wouldn’t you pack your pet’s essentials? Remember to pack all food, water, feeding containers. It’s also good to remember to bring “pet poo” bags so you can clean up after your pet on walks. Consider bedding and extra blankets to help keep your pet warm and comfortable. ALWAYS pack and use a leash for your pets. This will help you stay in control, and will also help in the event that your pet gets scared and decides to run.
Be mindful of restricted areas.
Not all areas may be pet friendly. It is your responsibility to know where you can and can’t take your pet while on a campground or at Lost Valley Lake Resort. Not all areas are welcoming to pets. At Lost Valley Lake Resort, all public buildings are off limits to animals, with an exception to service animals. It is also important to know which trails are pet friendly. Of those that are pet welcoming, it is your duty to pick up after your pet.
Remember that when you are camping with your pets that they want to have fun with you! It is important to involve them in your activities. Camping with your pets can be a wonderful opportunity to bond with your family and pets. By preparing to camp with your pets, you and your family can plan to have a great time making memories that will last a lifetime!