Dogs in the Tent

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Re: Dogs in the Tent

Post by jessegooddog » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:28 pm

Freddog sleeps next to me all night, never asks to go out and naps quite a bit during the day. He should have been exhausted on our trip, but I am thinking he may have been hungry as I just gave him his regular dinner without considering that he had been hiking and running all day. Next trip he gets a big dinner and a pad from home he has been sleeping on. And maybe we won't go on another full moon trip...








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Re: Dogs in the Tent

Post by sekihiker » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:21 pm

Beans used to sleep in the tent happily. She would get in my bag if it got too cold for her. At home she was uncomfortable during lightning storms but didn't mind them as much in the tent. It helped that she was a six pound Yorkie. I still miss her.

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Re: Dogs in the Tent

Post by bobby49 » Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:54 pm

In early July I had taken Lucy the Border Collie on her first backpacking trip. I had a small foam pad for her to sleep on, and a blanket to put over her, but she did not use either one. However, a 49-pound dog makes an excellent foot warmer when the outside temperature dips to freezing.

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Re: Dogs in the Tent

Post by Wandering Daisy » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:13 am

Our dog is long haired and gets really dirty (as well as picks up little pine pitch-balls in her fur). I have a very expensive down sleeping bag, so I made a sleeping bag cover to keep it clean. I consider this item essential. This way she can lean up against me, keep me warm and we are both happy.

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Re: Dogs in the Tent

Post by Snowtrout » Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:52 pm

Knowing your dog and the traits of that breed can help to prepare for and possibly prevent issues while out on the trail. Figuring out why your dog was restless that night is important. You said he was ready to go, so what made him anxious? Is he possessive of anything (ball or toy) that he was missing? He ever act like this before or since that night?

Dogs will tell you what they want and need. Hard part sometimes is interpreting what they are saying.

Lots of good suggestions from others on here. We have 3 spoiled doxies. Two have retired from hiking but our newest one now has her own mini z-pad (doubles as a seat pad) and two mini down bags for different temps that she loves. Our last trip, she went to the tent at 7pm, got into her bag (while we were outside still) and didn’t move until 7-8 the next morning. We usually bring wet or some freeze dried food to add to her regular food to make her eat since her kibble doesn’t seem to have the same yummy appeal in the mountains.

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