Paws On Site: Top tips for camping with dogs
With the rules on lockdown ever-evolving, you may be looking for ways to keep your dog entertained and exercised when you’re in a different routine than normal.
We’ve put together a handy guide of different ways to keep your dog happy and healthy.
Set up an improvised obstacle course
Creating an indoor or outdoor obstacle course is a great way to exercise your pooch. Use everyday objects to create different levels and obstacles – things to jump over, things to crawl under and things to weave through. It will challenge your dog physically and mentally, and also be a great laugh for you!
Work for treats
Hide some healthy treats in your environment and send them on a sniff hunt. Make some easy to find to start with and gradually make the hiding place a little tougher. Your dog will tire itself out hunting for the treats and it will also provide great mental stimulation.
Tug of war
Grab your favourite rope toy or make one out of old rags or clothes and start pulling. Tug of war is a great way for your dog to burn off excess energy and helps them engage a variety of muscles – not to mention the impact it has on your arm muscles, too!
TOP DOG-FRIENDLY SITES
Smytham Holiday Park, Devon
With 33 acres and surrounding fields, this park is a dog’s dream. The parkland location makes for perfect walking and the long distance Tarka Trail can be accessed directly from the site. Pitches are set in the grounds of the old manor house and include basic grass up to en-suite pitches with your own toilet and shower on pitch. Amenities on site include toilets, showers, a laundry, shop, seasonal bar and outdoor pool. There is also a dog exercise paddock.
Skye Camping & Caravanning Club Site, Isle of Skye
The beautiful campsite in the Isle of Skye is the idyllic location for the most stunning campsite view, pitch up right on the loch shore and take in the glorious views over the water. While enjoying the view pop to the on-site shop where you can find your everyday essentials including freshly laid duck and hen eggs. The Isle of Skye is the perfect location for countryside walks across the most stunning scenery.
Webbox Duo Bites with Chicken & Peanut Butter
Made with 100% natural chicken, with added peanut butter flavouring for an extra-yummy taste, these new wheat-free treats are carefully oven-baked in the UK and are bound to be your dog's new favourite treat. Available at Morrisons stores and online at webbox.co.uk
Webbox Hot Dog Sticks
Made with 79% fresh meat and rich in pork, these Hot Dog Sticks are so delicious your furry friends will love them! The perfect complementary food for your adult dog that can be fed at any time of day as a reward, treat or training aid. Now your pooch can join in the barbecue fun all summer long! Available at Asda, Morrisons and online at webbox.co.uk
We’ve teamed up with leading pet food brand, Webbox, to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a £15 hamper full of Webbox toys and treats for their dog, containing a selection of four fun and exciting toy varieties (toys may vary from those shown) and a range of tasty treats to keep your pooch happy this summer. Suitable for all dog breeds and sizes, the hamper includes the ever-popular Beef Tasty Dog Sticks, Beef Chomping Chews, Chicken Sushi, Chicken Twists and Duck Braids. For more information visit webbox.co.uk
To be in with a chance of winning, send us your best camping pet pictures to [email protected] Or share on social media: @Campingmagazine (Twitter), Campingmag (Instagram) or Campingmagazine (Facebook)
Here is our latest winner, Toffee, sent in by Rachel Smith
Toffee said: “I've got my new coat, beach towel and always take my bone. Sticking to rule number one of camping - be ready for whatever the weather brings! Looking forward to my first big camping trip when sites reopen.