Training Your Dog to Heed Commands Is Important for Your Safety and Theirs
Whether you travel in an RV or just like going into nature, there’s nothing like getting outdoors during the summer. With the fresh air, relaxing greenery, and interesting trails to explore, there’s no wonder why some people find the experience a tranquil and relaxing one. Most people say it’s an experience best shared with your four-legged canine companion. However, before camping with dogs and hitting that trail through the forest, it’s important to ensure your dog is trained to respond to commands during the journey.
But what commands are the most important ones to teach? Here are some tips for camping with your dog and five commands they must know before hitting the trails.
Why Are Camping Trips so Important and How to Prepare
As creatures that typically thrive off physical and mental stimulation, camping is the perfect activity to undergo with your dog.
It can prove to:
- Strengthen your bond with your dog
- encourage them to trust you more
- Introduce them to physically and mentally healthy stimuli
- Get their energy out
- Prevent boredom
Camping and Hiking Isn’t Just for Big Dogs
The general public has typically associates camping, hiking, and backpacking with bigger dog breeds such as Golden Retrievers and Bernese Mountain Dog. However, there are a ton of little dog breeds that love running, activity and a good old camping trip. The Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Jack Terrier Russel, and Beagle are the highest on this list of energetic thrill seekers who love a good run or jog. Due to their past roles of herding cattle, fox hunting, and rabbit hunting, their love of the outdoors and the chase is incredibly strong!
I would’ve never imagined that my late Yorkshire Terrier would be able to handle the journey, but oh, did she prove me wrong!
Prepare Your Dog for The Trip
The following is a lists of things you should do before you take your dog on a camping trip:
- Pre-train before going out hiking or backpacking. You and your dog should physically be able to handle the journey.
- Plan ahead and research dog-friendly trails and camping sites to ensure your dog is welcomed and will be safe.
- Pack all necessities you may need on your trip (water, food, first aid kits, tent, etc.)
- Always protect your dog’s paws (either with dog shoes or soothing topical creams or waxes).
- Take breaks in between while you’re walking. You never want to tire out your dog. If you notice them breathing heavily or in discomfort, stop and give them some time to rest and get refreshed.
- Leave no trace! Even though you’re in the great outdoors, you should still pick up your dog’s poop, responsibly put out any fires you start, and pick up any trash used throughout the day. Always leave nature the exact way you found it.
- Always check up on your dog after the trip is completed. Make sure they don’t have any things such as injuries or ticks.
Now that we’ve gotten into some tips you should know befor camping, let’s look at five commands they need to know before you go on your trip.
Five Commands Every Dog Should Know Before Going Camping
Your dog needs to listen to you when you’re on a camping trip. The both of you will be in a foreign space. So, making sure you have the control to get your dog to listen to you can be something that will protect them from any danger that may befall them on the adventure. However, this isn’t anything to be concerned about. A couple of commands that your dog should know before going on a camping trip are incredibly simple.
Five of them are included in the beginner commands your dog will have to know in general.
These commands are:
- Leave it
- Drop it
Fairly simple, right?
These commands will keep your dog from picking up anything or going anywhere they shouldn’t, preventing a life or death situation that may occur.
Going camping and hiking with your dog can be a calming, memory-filled experience that can strengthen your bond with your canine companion. Before you go camping, you should prepare and teach your dog the five essential commands: sit, stay, come, leave it, and drop it, so they can stay safe. Making sure your dog knows these five basic commands can protect them in many instances and will make your special trip go by smoothly. Now that you have some information on preparing for your camping trips and the commands your dog should know, get out there and explore the outdoors!
Levi Henley is a freelance writer and has also been full-time RVing with his wife and pets since 2015.