I'm taking Faye camping for the first time ever! She's not a very active dog if she's without her new friend Katamari (who is settling in well, except for a couple of fights that ended with me getting hurt). The other dog is more active, but very young and needs more training as she tends to run away. Faye is really good at staying by my side off-leash. I'm sure some of you have taken your corgis camping/hiking/etc (*ahem* John *ahem*). We'll be going to Lake Isabella with my boyfriend's family. She'll be sleeping in the tent with me and my brother for sure, so don't worryyyy :P

What are my Wilderness Corgi essentials?

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Comment by Bev Levy on August 3, 2009 at 10:52am
We leave the air conditioning on if it is hot out and we are going to leave the dogs alone. Also a country channel so they can listen to music and not bark at the neighboring campers. Ha ha, I guess there are all kinds of campers!
Comment by John Wolff on July 30, 2009 at 12:40pm
No, don't ever bring any food or eating equipment or empty food wrappers into the tent, ever, unless you want uninvited guests large or small. Odors persist even if you spill nothing. Inflexible rule.
I keep the dog leashed at night even when we use a tent. Dog has a small foam sleeping pad and a tiny pile fleece blanket.
dog + porcupine = nightmare, so google dog + muzzle and think "needlenose pliers". All I carry is a good pair of forceps in the first aid kit. My brother's lab got into a porcupine once and he said it took 2 strong adults, pliers, and about 4 hours. Be aware of your dog's prey drive; luckily, Al & Gwynn don't seem too predatory.
Comment by Beth on July 30, 2009 at 7:07am
When we camp, we bring a 30-foot vinyl-coated stakeout chain, as the campground we use requires dogs to be leashed.

We bring several towels for him, one for sleeping on (in the tent) and a few if he gets wet.

Food portioned into tupperware containers, and left in the locked car so as not to attract critters.

Treats (also left in locked car).

Food and water bowls.

Enough drinking water for us and dog (the place where we camped has very hard water and it's gross; some dogs are prone to tummy upset if they drink strange water). This may not be necessary, depending.

Collar and leash.

Moist doggy wipes.

Sanitary hand wipes for us, in case doggy gets an upset tummy and has the runs and we need to clean him up away from an area with running water.

A toy, which he always ignores (for camping, not hiking).

A collapsible water bowl or bottle for carrying water on a hike.

A human first aid kit, which should have things in there in case doggy (heaven forbid) gets hurt.

That's about all I can think of, but I might have missed something. Be forewarned; Jack is not all that great in the tent at night. The outside noises make him woof a lot.

When you first set up the tent, I highly suggest bringing your dog in there and hanging out for a few minutes several times, so she's used to it. The first time we camped with Jack we kept him out of the tent til bedtime and when we brought him in he was confused.

Also, if you are in an area where there are not bears, AND your dog is a tidy eater, you can feed her in the tent to get her used to it (immediately remove the food bowl to the car/ safe area when you are done). This will make her more comfortable in the tent. If she leaves crumbs when she eats, or if there are bears, this might be a bad idea.

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