Camping just might be the equivalent of heaven on earth for a dog. Think about it: they get to accompany you on every aspect of the vacation – from daily hikes, to campfire dinners, and sleeping under the stars. Camping opens up the whole wide world to your best friend. It’s as close to nature as you both can get, and your dog can have the chance to experience what it’s like to run rugged and free. Even the most pampered pooch will suddenly become valiant and larger than life when exposed to the great outdoors.But, taking a dog camping requires careful planning to ensure that not only is the trip enjoyable for you both, but safe for your best friend as well. Here are some tips to make camping with a pet a success in every way. Safety FirstAs with any trip, make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccinations. You will need to bring proof of vaccinationsCamping is an opportunity for us humans to enjoy foods we don’t usually eat on a daily basis. But, it is not the time to do this to your pets! Bring along plenty of bottled water and their normal food to avoid stomach upset. If you are doing many active things, like hiking and swimming, you may find you need to feed your dog slightly more, and you should expect them to consume more water than normal. Leashes and RopesAlways bring along at least one extra leash and some rope. Chances are that you’ll need to keep your dog on a leash at all times in a campground. You can very easily create a zip line for your pets by stretching a rope between two trees and suspending a leash down. If you decide to give this a try, make sure the leash connects to a harness, not a collar. And, of course, always make sure you are watching your dog carefully.