Florida is a great place to go camping and hiking safely with your dog. There are many dog-friendly campsites and trails to choose from, and the weather is usually mild year-round. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to ensure that your trip is safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Here are some tips for camping and hiking safely with your dog in Florida:
- Choose a dog-friendly campsite. When choosing a campsite, make sure it allows dogs. Many campsites have designated areas for dogs to run and play, and some even have doggy showers. You can locate these facilities easily online when searching County and State Parks. National Parks can be stricter depending on the location.
- Check the trail rules. Not all trails allow dogs, so be sure to check the trail rules before you go. Some trails require dogs to be on a leash, while others may not allow dogs at all.
- Bring plenty of water. It’s important to keep your dog hydrated, especially in hot weather. Bring at least two liters of water per dog per day. It is best to have a container with you that is easy to drink from for your dog, with little waste.
- If you will be doing more than a day hike, consider pack plenty of food for your canine companion. Bring a high-quality food that your dog is used to eating, and be sure to pack enough for the entire trip.
- Bring a first-aid kit. It’s always a good idea to bring a first-aid kit when you’re hiking with your dog. This way, you can treat any minor injuries that may occur. Dogs paws will need to be checked when you take a rest, especially if they are not regularly outdoors.
- Keep your dog on a leash. Even if your dog is well-trained, it’s important to keep them on a leash when you’re hiking in Florida. This will help to protect your dog from wildlife and other hazards. There are a number of venomous snakes in Florida that like to sun themselves on trails. If your dog is running ahead of you, you may never know they had an encounter until they are showing signs of distress. Never let your dog jump in a body of water in Florida.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for snakes, alligators, and other wildlife. If you see something that concerns you, keep your dog close and avoid the area. Alligators can jump quickly out of the water. Snakes can easily camouflage in the high plants on the edges of trails and behind logs.
- ALWAYS Leave No Trace. Pack out all of your trash and properly dispose of you and your dogs waste. This will help to keep Florida’s natural beauty intact. This is much easier to do keeping your dog on a leach at all times when exploring the wilderness.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your camping and hiking trip with your dog in Florida is safe and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Here are some additional tips for camping and hiking safely with your dog in Florida:
- Train your dog to obey basic commands, such as “come” and “stay.” This will help to keep them safe and under control in unfamiliar surroundings. Start introducing them to the trail with short hikes. When training your dog for camping, start in your back yard and only 1 night at a time until they are comfortable.
- Get your dog micro chipped and keep your contact information up to date. This way, if your dog gets lost, they can be easily identified and returned to you.
- Check the weather forecast before you go and be prepared for anything. Florida’s weather can change quickly, so it’s important to be prepared for rain, heat, or cold.
With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy a safe and fun camping and hiking trip with your dog in Florida. Not a Clue Adventures is Dog-Friendly and will welcome your canine companion on certain trips based on location and attendance.