Dogs love the outdoors!
Camping or glamping with your dog will the best holiday for them and for you. It’s like a week-long walk! We’ve had our first few four-legged friends at Country Bumpkin Yurts and they have loved yurt camping. Having been away with our little pooches too, we thought we’d share some of the things we’ve learned along the way.
Here are our top tips for taking dogs on your glamping break:
Collar and lead
It may seem too obvious but it’s funny what you can forget in the packing frenzy. Don’t forget your dog’s collar and lead. A tag with your contact details on is super important. You’ll be in a new place, with new smells, sounds, and sights so your dog may try to wander. Mine does. Her curiosity wins her over. If they ever sneak off or get lost, the phone number on your doggy’s collar will help them to be reunited with you. Make sure your dog is microchipped for this purpose (this is also a legal requirement now anyway). An extendable lead is worth bringing along too. Many sites, especially ones with livestock, ask for owners to keep their dogs on leads. Being on an extendable one means that they still have scope to roam safely. If you’ve got a dog ground anchor or spike, this would allow them to roam on the lead without you having to hold it.
The great outdoors is the biggest and best playground for our favourite four-legged family members. A playground with plenty of mud, water, and mess. All the best things! You’ll need plenty of towels to dry and clean them up before you let them back into your car or tent. The last thing you want is the smell of wet dog in your yurt and to have to clean those muddy paw prints off the bed.
It’s best to bring your dog’s usual food when you go on your camping holiday. It will help to keep them regular (yes, you know what I mean). It is tempting to let them have special food or some of your food while you’re away. We all know they’d love some of that BBQ food. But you’re likely to end up regretting that when you’re in close quarters with a dog with a funny tummy overnight. If you’re on a site which requires you to keep your food in your own tent, make sure you keep it secure. It would be a shame if pooch got hold of your steaks before you could cook them. Zippable cool bags are a good idea.
Toys & Treats
Dogs out in the countryside are unlikely to get bored but it’s useful to bring along a few of their toys to keep them entertained. Especially if you decide to relax inside your tent whilst it is raining. Or if you are going to leave them while you go out somewhere. Bored dogs can become annoying and destructive. You don’t want to have to deal with that during your holiday.
Nobody wants a persistent dog bark to be the soundtrack to their relaxing glamping break. If your dog is a very vocal one, it might be best not to bring them unless you are staying somewhere without glamping neighbours. You know your dog best and will be able to make this call.
The biggest tip is to have fun and make the most of the whole experience with your dog. They will love long walks in the countryside, swimming in the lakes and streams, then curling up in front of a log fire. Check out this local walk. It gets them ‘back to nature’ as much as it does for you.
Glamping with a dog can be a lovely and rewarding experience. We highly recommend it. Because we believe this to our core, you can bring your dogs along to our yurt camping site. We simply charge a £5 per night fee per dog (to cover the inevitable extra cleaning). Do you think your dog would like a relaxing country retreat with their human family? Have a look at our availability calendar and book your stay.
We can’t wait to meet you and your four-legged friends 🙂