Owning a pet dog is a memorable and enjoyable experience for every family. We cannot deny the fact that dogs bring companionship and utter joy to families everywhere; we even treat the dogs as if it were our own kind and our family member.

The best thing about owning a dog is that you get to enjoy more outdoor activities. Speaking of which, one of the most anticipated family fun activities is outdoors camping! Outdoors camping with pets is one of the best experiences you can have with your furry friend. Think about the amazing Southern California campsites where your kids and dogs can explore, run around, and enjoy the great outdoors

Nevertheless, you might not be the only one in the campsite; there are other families with pets and solo backpackers who will be camping on the same site. There may be campers that aren’t as “dog-friendly” as you might think. Before packing and setting up your Recreational Vehicle (RV), here are some tips on dog etiquette during camping:

Related: A guide for campign with dogs


  1. Excessive Barking
    Excessive barking is a sign of territorial aggression; you might find your dog barking and snapping at strangers approaching your campsite. Sometimes it’s a sign of stress; walk around the area with your dog to familiarize him with his surroundings.
  2. Table Manners
    Outdoor camping with pets means eating outside, where your dog can freely beg for food. Prior to meal time, make sure your four-legged friend has his own share of food and feed him well. On the other hand, you can tie him away from the table to avoid your dog from wandering off.
  3. Call of Nature
    Dogs respond to their own instinct—so when nature calls, they’ll heed. It’s good if you had your dog “potty-trained”, but it can be very unpleasant if they leave land mines around the campsite. Be prepared with plastic bags and your own pooper scooper. There are some dog-friendly camping sites and they have areas where you can properly dispose waste.
  4. Triggering aggressive behaviors
    It’s within a dog’s nature to be protective with their family; you might want to initiate safety precautions especially if your dog is the protective type. Your dog might misunderstand the boisterous behavior of laughing, meeting new people and unpredictable personalities as a threat. Inform people and keep watch over your dog as it interacts and responds to your guests. Meanwhile, you can tie them on a leash or put a muzzle on your pet.
  5. Leaving your pet unattended
    Leaving your dog unattended is a big no-no. A lot of things can happen to your pet when it’s not under your supervision. It may become aggressive, destroy property, attack other animals or even people. Moreover, if you’re thinking of leaving your pet in your car or Recreational Vehicle (RV) with the air conditioning or a fan on, they could die due to carbon monoxide poisoning, dehydration, or excessive heat. Arrange to have someone oversee your best buddy before you leave him, or if it’s possible, take them with you for exercise. It may even tire them out which will make your evening more calm.

However, if your four-legged friend cannot be controlled easily due to lack of training, you can still enjoy your camping trip— you can leave your pet at home or at a pet boarding center. That way, you’ll ensure the safety of your pet as well as the others. Enjoy the adventure!