Going bush with your four legged mate can be an absolute hoot, for you and your dog.
The fresh air and wide open space is absolutely exhilarating for your pooch, and to them spending some quality time with their family is perhaps the biggest reward of all.
Yep, it’s all fun and games for these tail wagging fruit-loops, but having a dog along for the ride can actually be a bit of a pain in the –you-know-what if you’re not prepared.
- Be extremely wary of dog baits. Even if dog baits haven’t been laid in the area, the baits are often repositioned by other wildlife. A little bit of training to teach your dog not to pick up anything from the ground could literally save his/her life, that’s easier said than done though, eh?
- Don’t be fooled into changing your dogs diet for the first time while you’re camping. A change of food combined with the possibility of heightened anxiety levels can cause their stomach to play up, and the last thing you want is a sick dog, especially in your car or tent.
- Check your dog regularly for ticks by running your hand firmly against the fur and feeling for any bumps or abnormalities. To remove one use a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and avoid squeezing the ticks body which will release more toxins. An old bushman’s trick is to spray automotive Aero Start onto the tick first, which rapidly freezes it to kill it.
To help keep track of your dog in the darkness of the night, tie a glow stick to their collar. Better yet, use a glow stick hoop to totally replace the collar, which makes it even more visible.
Most dogs will need to be tied up at camp, just in case they like to get themselves into trouble. One great little trick is to run your vehicles winch rope out to a tree and attached a smaller lead chain for your dog. It’ll keep her safe while allowing a bit more freedom around camp too.
DIY NON-SPILL WATER BOWL
Sick and tired of the water bowl spilling water all over the place during transit? Here’s an easy fix!
Grab yourself a small, yet fairly deep plastic bucket. Cut the original lid down so that it basically becomes a lip a few centimetres wide around the top of the bucket. Then place the leftover inner piece of plastic lid into the bucket of water. The piece should be just big enough to leave a slight gap around the lid and the bucket, so that a tiny amount of water sits on top of the plastic.
The idea is that not much water can splash out, and the little bit that does won’t get past the upper lip. If the lid isn’t very buoyant, you can use a bit of corflute or foam.
Oh and here’s a tip; make sure the bucket/container isn’t tapered at the bottom as the lids diameter can’t adapt to the different size as the water level changes it’s position.