Essential Camping Advice

The campsite offers, among other things, the opportunity to enjoy nature and the outdoors. But before doing a camping trip there are different things that we have to take into account.

The first and most important thing is to choose the destination and the place where we want to do our camping. There are two main options when it comes to camping. We can go to a camping area established as accommodation, where we normally offer different types of services, such as bathrooms and showers, or make the camping free or in private areas with a prior permit.

Currently camping free in most companies is almost totally prohibited. There is no regulation at the state level, but each Autonomous Community has its own regulation. For this reason, it is advisable, once the destination is chosen, to consult the specific regulations of the area chosen to avoid unwanted fines. It may be useful to consult the Federation of Employers of Camping, which can provide us with specific information of each place.

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Once chosen the destination and type of camping that we are going to realize we have to take into account a series of elements essential for every trip:

Gear for camping

The first is the tent. The qualities that must be taken into account when acquiring one are the quality and resistance of their fabrics, the maximum number of occupants and the ease of assembly. Nowadays there are very easy assembly shops. If we choose a more traditional one, we must bear in mind that we will need different tools to assemble it.

Another very important element is the sleeping bag. When choosing it, you have to take into account the season of the year in which we are, and the temperature that there is at night. It is advisable to accompany a mat or inflatable mattress for comfort.

Also preparing the backpack properly is important. Check the time usually in the area chosen in advance to know what kind of clothes we should wear. We must not carry the whole wardrobe, we must wear comfortable clothes and suitable for the time that will do. Always have to wear some coat and something impermeable just in case. Also, take into account the shoes. It has to be comfortable and suitable for the field.

Do not forget to also carry everything you need to cook. Basic kitchen utensils, drinking water, canned food, a gas stove, a small fridge, utensils to wash pots and trash bags.

It is also essential kit for first aid, basic medicines and insect repellent, flashlights and batteries (click here to see), and matches.

Finally, we should not forget personal hygiene items , such as soap, towel, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Once the camping is finished we must clean well the area where we have been, and leave everything as it was.

Collar or Harness for dogs?

We will review the main options for choosing a harness or collar for his dog. There are many dog collars that are fashionable! There are also pros and cons, and many it seems that. It is difficult but we will try to keep a cool head.

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Should I buy a harness or collar for the dog?

A standard harness lets you tie the leash to the back of your dog.

Unlike the collar, when the dog pulls, a harness does not press on his throat. The pressure, if there is pressure, is exerted on the chest.

With a dog that pulls very hard, or constantly, a harness helps to avoid pressure on its trachea. For a dog who sniffs heavily on the floor, it is probably more comfortable than a collar. For a dog who is going to shoot with all his might, it is probably less dangerous.

Puppies and small dogs are not weak, but they are more fragile, and the harness is often advised.

If one is reluctant to choose a harness or collar for his dog, the main elements of importance are the health risks associated with his behavior on a lead, and the strength and / or frequency with which the dog pull on leash .

Studies of the dangers of the collar include intramuscular pressure, cervical risk and hypothyroidism. There is no doubt that there are many delicate things in this part of the dog’s body .

It’s better not to pressure at all! But, if there is pressure, in my humble opinion that engages only me, I think it is better that it is done at the chest level than the trachea.

Are there any breeds of dogs that it’s better to choose a harness rather than a collar?

collar 2Chiari malformation. The breeds concerned, cited by the Hereditary Diseases of the Dog site, are: King Charles Cavalier, Yorkshire, Dwarf Spitz (Loulou of Pomerania), Maltese Bichon, Dwarf Poodle and Poodle toy, Pugs. More rarely: the West Highland White Terrier, the Shih-tzu, the Curly Bichon, the Pinscher and the French Bulldog.

The harness is recommended for dogs who already have problems with the trachea or who could develop and it is mostly dogs with short noses.

Ask your veterinarian for advice in case of doubt, it is the most competent person to guide you on this subject.

Can the harness hurt the dog?

I have found nothing convincing on this subject (no scientific study, I will willingly if there are any and I have missed them).

There are nevertheless possible problems with harnesses:

Some harnesses are not easy to adjust and move too much on the dog’s body, so there may be friction problems on the skin causing irritation.
Some harnesses are not adapted to all breeds or activities (or are just set too tight, sometimes) and hinder the mobility of the dog.
Some dogs pull on a leash by wearing a harness and walk sideways (pulling on the side which in the long run is surely not good for the bones)

Which harness to choose?

We will look at the main types of traditional harnesses.

Choosing a T-shaped harness?

With the T-harnesses, there is a strap that goes around the chest as it goes up on the back and a strap on the chest.

The strap passing under the body and the strap passing over the back must be properly aligned. It must be like a straight line. And the strap that passes over the chest is perpendicular. And there this type of harness is well regulated.

There is often an internal padding. But it seems to me that this type of harness is already relatively comfortable because it does not hinder the movements. This form of harness is probably very suitable if your dog has the opportunity to run during walks. Moreover, they are often presented as harnesses for athletes.

Depending on the brands, there are various and varied elements, for example a handle on the back can be practical to catch your dog, or reflectors to get your dog out late at night or early in the morning and be more visible.

Tips to prevent your dog from escaping the yard

naughty dogPreventative methods before placing the dog in the yard: EXERCISE -Keep your dog on a daily routine of exercise, whether this be a brisk walk or a trip to the park. If they are well excersized outside of the yard, they will be more likely to relax inside.

TOYS -Keep a good selection of toys for your dog in the yard. Do not put out all the toys at once; instead rotate a few of them to keep them interested. If a dog is having fun in the yard there is no reason for him to try and escape!

NEUTERED/SPAYING -If your dog has become sexually mature, having it neutered/spayed will decrease it’s motivation escape to seek out a mate.

Securing the yard:There are two main ways a dog can escape the yard. Jumping/climbing over the fence/enclosure or digging under it.  Good inescapable dog crates can help to keep your pet contained and safe.

JUMPING/CLIMBING -Making your fences higher can certainly help in preventing the dog from jumping over it, however a more effective solution is to angle your fence inwards. Many dogs will try to climb over a fence/enclosure if it is too high. Angling the fence inwards will make it very difficult for them to climb.

DIGGING – Use large bricks or rocks at the edges of your fence to prevent the dog from starting to dig its way under the fence. Also using chicken wire or chain link fencing at the bottom will deter any escape attempts.

Ways to train a dog if it escapes to prevent a re-occurrence: Correct your dog at the time of escaping and not after.- If you see your dog trying to escape make a loud noise or a distraction for the dog that they may not like . This way they begin to associate the escape attempt with an unpleasant feeling.

Note: If the dog is trying to escape due to fear, anxiety or severe discomfort, do not punish the dog. This could make the problem worse.

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