Camping with your dog is terrific fun, it\u2019s great to be able to have a holiday and not leave your trusty canine friend behind, after all\u2026 he is part of the family.\u00a0 It\u2019s so exciting to be able to explore new places together and your dog will love it! But how do you tent camp with a dog?\r\n\r\nWhen camping with a dog where does he sleep? You have two options when you camp with a dog. He either he sleeps in your vehicle or he joins you in your tent. Most campers let their dog sleep in the tent, but not all campsites are dog-friendly so check beforehand. \r\nHow do you tent camp with a dog?\r\nBut before you ponder more over the ideal sleeping arrangements, take a shiny wet nose through some of our pre-planning tips to ensure you enjoy the best holiday with your dog.\r\n\r\n\r\nIt includes some tips on how to tent camp with a dog, where they can sleep when camping, and even if you need to get them their own sleeping bag (here's one on Amazon)!\r\n1. Check the campsite first\r\nNot all campsites are dog-friendly so you will need to make sure you pick one that accepts dogs. Some dog-friendly campsites will place a limit on the size, number or breed of dog, check this out if they don\u2019t actually ask you the question.\r\n\r\nSome sites won\u2019t accept breeds listed under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act if you are based in the UK (see UK government website definition).\r\n\r\nCan dogs sleep in a tent? Yes, but you might need a bigger tent for this guy.\r\n2. Check for separate camping charges for your dog\r\nIf you do manage to find a dog-friendly campsite or campground, take a careful look at any additional fees \u2013 sometimes these can be in the small print!\r\n\r\nWhilst you might find lots to do with your dog when camping, you might have a pay for the privilege of canine company.\r\n3. Find out what dog facilities the campsite has\r\nSome campgrounds are better than others. We\u2019ve stayed at a campsite before which said we could take our dog and advertised a penned in dog walking field.\r\n\r\nWhen we got there, the dog field was only about 10 by 10 meters so even though he could go off the lead, it wasn\u2019t much of a run-about area for him. We were really disappointed!\r\n4. Research the local area\r\nResearch thoroughly the surrounding area.\r\n\r\nThere is no point staying next to a glorious coastline full of beautiful beaches if dogs are restricted on the beach during the weeks you intend to holiday.\r\n\r\nAll that means is that you\u2019ll have to your dog back to sleep in the tent or vehicle whilst you go out. Not much fun for Fido I\u2019m sure you will agree.\r\n5. Obey the local laws on transporting dogs\r\nWhilst your state or county might be fine with your dog simply getting into the trunk or boot, some state laws will differ.\r\n\r\nSome areas have legislation that requires dogs to be suitably restrained whilst in transit.\u00a0It is really unsafe to travel a dog loose so consider a harness with a seatbelt attachment or a travel crate or a dog guard if you have an estate car, 4x4 or SUV.\r\n\r\nThe latter can double up as sleeping accommodation if necessary if the place you stay prohibits dogs sleeping in a tent.\r\n6. Make a note of local vets near the camping area\r\nHopefully you will find lots of things to do with your dog when camping. Whilst in most cases there will be lots of fun to be had, please make a note of contact details of local vets in case of emergencies.\r\n\r\nWhen you have chosen your campsite, look up the contact details of a couple of local vets so you are prepared in case of accident or illness.\r\n7. Take your dog\u2019s records with you camping\r\nIf you do need to visit the vet whilst tent camping with your dog, it\u2019s important to have everything the vet might need.\r\n\r\nTake your dog\u2019s vaccination record with you.\u00a0 If he needed an unexpected hospital stay, he would not be admitted without evidence that he had been vaccinated\r\n8. Get your dog used to sleeping in a tent\r\nIf you do decide to let your dog sleep in the tent with you, get him familiarised to how it all works.\r\n\r\nGet your dog used to camping, and used to sleeping in a tent before you go.\r\n\r\nFamiliarise your dog with the concept of sleeping in a tent by pitching yours in the garden and having a practice.\u00a0 It will take a while for your dog to settle down if you are in a new place with all the stimulus of different things.\r\n\r\nIf your dog is also a little uncomfortable in a tent for the first time, then you may not end up getting much sleep!\r\n9. Make sure the tent is big enough for you and your dog\r\nAs a dog owner, you probably already know how much room even a small dog can take up when sleeping on your bed. Now imagine what that would be like in the small confines of a tent \u2013 and I\u2019m not even going to mention what it\u2019s going to be like if you have a farty dog!\r\n\r\nMake sure your tent is big enough \u2013 a big dog can take up as much room as another person\r\n10. Be wary of local livestock near the campsite\r\nIf you are a town dweller and planning a break in the country, check out what livestock is around locally. Dogs will naturally chase cattle, sheep or horses and can cause serious accidents and injuries.\r\n\r\nFarmers have the right to shoot dogs which are worrying livestock. Your dog may not have seen any of these animals before, how will he react?\r\nTime for bed!\r\nMost people I know have their dog sleep with them in their tent.\r\n\r\nSome dogs can be happy in a crate in the car if they are used to it or in the boot of an large car ,but your car may not be close to your tent and this raises issues of security \u2013 and heat!\r\n\r\nSome sites will not permit dogs to remain in vehicles overnight and it is easy to see why.\r\n\r\nIf your dog is quiet and content to, he can sleep in a crate outside your tent but shade must be provided in the form of an awning.\r\nWhat are the downsides of sleeping with a dog in the tent?\r\nThis is easy!\r\n\r\nPrepare for copious amounts of dog wind \u2013 you will regret letting him have that spicy sausage from the barbeque \u2013 and snoring.\r\n\r\nThere are some amongst the fairer sex who might say that they don\u2019t really notice any difference between the dog and the other male occupants, but we couldn\u2019t possibly comment!\r\nWhat items should I take for my dog when camping?\r\nYou will need to pack for your dog just as you would pack for any other member of the family.\u00a0 Here is our holiday list for camping with a dog.\r\n\r\n \tA sturdy lead and a spare one in case you lose the first. It is sometimes worth taking leads of different types and lengths for different situations.\r\n \tA spare collar, it is easy to lose his collar in unfamiliar terrain.\r\n \tA reflecting collar or harness for evening and night time which will make him easier to spot.\r\n \tYour dog\u2019s normal bedding whatever that may be. Don\u2019t introduce something new which he is not familiar with even if you can\u2019t resist that doggy sleeping bag at the camping shop \u2013 he will probably turn his nose up at it. Familiar bedding will help him feel secure in his new environment and give him a reference point.\r\n \tFavourite toys.\r\n \tFood and water bowls and enough feed for the duration of your stay.\r\n \tAn ID disc on his collar or harness which gives your surname and a mobile number \u2013 don\u2019t use a landline as you are not at home.\r\n \tIf your dog is ID chipped, take details of the microchip number with you on holiday.\r\n \tA small canine first aid kit, this could contain a tick hook really useful if you are staying in a forested area, some sticky bandages and antiseptic.\r\n \tConsider a GPS tracker which can attach to your dog\u2019s collar and will help you locate him if he wanders off.\r\n \tA stake that you can secure his lead to whilst you are busy doing other things around the tent like cooking.\r\n \tA couple of scoops and lots of poop bags to clear up after him.\r\n \tLoads of dog towels!\r\n\r\nDoes my dog need a sleeping bag?\r\nSpeaking from experience, there\u2019s no way I would manage to get our dog into a sleeping bag.\r\n\r\nYes, you can buy them, but honestly, most dogs are quite happy just to bed down on top of your sleeping bag, or in a corner of the tent.\r\nThink carefully about whether you have the right type of dog\r\nIf your dog is nervous, anti-social with other people and\/or other dogs or maybe just as incessant barker then camping is not for you.\r\n\r\nCamping does not suit certain dogs so, be honest and ask yourself whether your dog will cope with the experience and behave. A badly behaved dog is a nightmare on a campsite and spoils it for everyone else including you.\r\nUnderstand how taking a dog will impact on your holiday\r\nYou won\u2019t be able to leave your dog unattended at the campsite and certainly not shut in your tent whilst you are elsewhere. Is he really going to be involved in everything that you do or will he just cramp your style?\r\n\r\nResearch local pubs and hostelries that are dog-friendly so if you want to go out to eat, he can come with you.\r\n\r\nMost pubs are quite happy for you to sit outside with a well-behaved dog but if it's raining, will they let you into the bar where food is served?\r\nRelated questions\r\nIs there a central reference point online which lists all the dog-friendly campsites?\r\nThere are easy to access directories on the internet which will give you a list of sites based on location. Always double check before you book in case the information is out of date.\r\n\r\nSocial media is a good way to get into the local canine scene in the area you want to holiday in and nothing beats on the ground knowledge from other local dog owners.\r\nCan I let my dog socialise with other dogs on the camp site?\r\nIf your dog is fairly low key and friendly, then he will be able to make some new canine friends. Most sites have a rule that dogs remain on a lead at all times but dogs do enjoy each other\u2019s company and you may well find that your dog spies a new walking companion.\r\n\r\nYou wouldn\u2019t opt to camp on a dog-friendly site if you disliked dogs or didn\u2019t have one so you will find most other campers are friendly and accommodating.\r\n\r\nIf you are a newbie to the camping with dog scene, there is bound to be someone there who can help you out if have a problem or difficulty.\r\nCan I take my dog camping in the winter?\r\nYes you can. But it does come with some challenges. Read my tips on taking a dog camping in the winter.\r\nConclusion\r\nSo, what do you think? What are your experiences?\r\n\r\nI would love to hear what you do with your dog when camping and how do you tent camp with a dog?\r\n\r\nGet in touch on social media and share your thoughts with us.