There are so many reasons why you should keep your dog warm when you’re out in the wilderness.
In this article I will be talking about the importance of doing so, why and when you should enforce these techniques, but most of all how to keep your dog warm while camping.
Become knowledgeable about the cold and your dog, so you aren’t left with a shivering furry friend, ultimately resulting in a sick dog and a trip cut short.
Why You Should Keep Your Dog Warm
Everyone loses most of their heat through the ground. The planet actually “sucks” the warmth out of you.
Your dog is no different.
Why treat your dog any differently than any other human being? Sure, they might have fur to keep them warm, but that doesn’t mean it will work good for them at 2 in the morning when the nights at its coldest temperature!
You don’t enjoy feeling the cold, do you? Then don’t make your dog go through it then.
When Should You Enforce These Techniques?
Answer: All the time.
Rain, shine, snow, fall, winter, summer, it doesn’t matter, you need to have a backup plan.
You should always take some kind of warmth/comforter for your dog when you are going on ANY camping trip.
That doesn’t just mean in the winter time, even in the fall and summer, temperatures are known to dip by a lot. And when they do, they dip incredibly fast.
If you want to ensure your dog is going to stay toasting warm, no matter what the temperatures are, then I highly recommend you keep reading.
Keeping Your Dog Warm At Night
Of course your first line of defense against the cold ground is a dog bed.
They provide immense warmth and defense against the elements.
However, there are a lot of variables that go into choosing a dog bed, so read this article if you wish to purchase one that’s going to make a good fit for your dog.
Dog Sleeping Bag
In addition to the dogs sleeping bed, you can provide even more warmth with a sleeping bag as well.
A dog sleeping bag is like a human sleeping bag, but much smaller, and often made with stronger, rugged material to stop the dogs nails from tearing through the material.
Each of these types of sleeping bags have their own pros and cons, while there’s a lot of considerations that go into play when you’re shopping for one as well.
This article teaches you everything you need to know about them.
Right Next To You
There’s nothing wrong with keeping your furry friend right next to while you sleep in your tent during the night. This works like a charm and can actually help keep YOU warm as well.
If you decide to sleep with your dog, be sure to throw a blanket over top of him/her just to provide that all-important extra insulation.
A Wool Blanket
Wool blankets are the best types of blankets to use when you want to keep your dog warm the entire night.
They are small and compact, AND they hold out a lot of cold air.
Often all it takes is a dog bed and sleeping bag, but if your dogs still feeling the cold air, it doesn’t hurt to place a wool blanket over it as well.
Keeping Your Dog Warm During The Day
Provide Lots Of Food
Dog’s can produce A LOT of heat just from eating food alone. Always feed your dog to keep that natural insulator roaring.
Basically, the food is fuel. As long as there’s food in the stomach, there’s going to be constant heat being generated.
Dog clothing perform extremely well when combating the cold elements.
Not many people like putting dog clothes on their furry friends, simply because they think it looks silly.
That’s not to say that they don’t provide a good amount of heat, because they absolutely do!
Don’t Allow Your Dog To Get Wet
If your dog does jump in a river or stream, take it by the fire ASAP!
Dry your dog off with a towel and remove the clothing that you’ve put on it, otherwise it will keep him/her shivering for literally hours.
So focus on keeping your dog warm, comfortable, and dry at all times!
Make A Homebase For Your Dog
Create a comfortable space that your dog can go to when it wants to sleep or relax. The “homebase” needs to be really warm and off the ground to stop any heat loss.
The base can be in the tent, it can be outside the tent, as long as the dog is comfortable and warm, that’s all that matters.
Provide a comfortable area – similar to what the dog has at home – where it can play with its favorite toys, blanket, and sleep in its favorite bed, etc.
Check Their Health, Constantly
You should be constantly checking your dog – how they are feeling, how their blood is pumping, if their ears and feet are warm or cold, etc.
Doing this step can mean the difference between cutting your entire trip short due to your dog getting sick (in this case, you will have to take it to the vet), or having a fun and safe trip that you will never forget!
My Final Thoughts
If you want to go camping with your dog, it’s not JUST about keeping it warm.
If you can’t look after it when you are out camping in the summer time, then you will have no idea what you’re doing during the cooler months either.
You must first know the basics of dog camping before you even consider trekking on a cold, winter trip.
Of course, you will need to have a good camping checklist for your dog as well. This one outlines EVERYTHING that your dog will need while you are out in the wilderness.
How do you keep your dog warm while camping? Put your thoughts and opinions in the comments below 😀