Camping with a Dog - Tips and Popular Campsites
Long walks through meadows and forests, swimming in the lake at the campsite and catching the next ball on the beach - camping vacations are made for dogs and their owners. Whether that is with the camper in the mountains or the caravan just behind the dunes by the sea, when camping with dogs, both masters, mistresses and the four-legged friends experience the best time of the year.
camping.info presents the best campsites for camping with dogs and shows you what you should pay special attention to when camping with dogs.
Popular Regions and Campsites
The most popular campsites for camping with dogs are located in the coastal regions. You cannot only find dog-friendly campsites at the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, but also in Denmark as well as in Southern Europe near the Mediterranean Sea.
Camping with a Dog in Germany
Throughout Germany you will find dog-friendly campsites with special equipment for your four-legged friend. Whether natural, beautiful bathing facilities for the dog, separate dog showers or wide dog meadows for romping and playing - you can wonderfully take your four-legged friend with you on camping trips in Germany. In the magazine article we recommend five particularly dog-friendly places within Germany, which you can book directly on camping.info online.
Out of more than 23,000 sites, the Campsite & Baltic Sea Holiday Park Walkyrien in Schleswig-Holstein is rated best by campers for "camping with dogs". Campers particularly rave about the dog beach in the direct vicinity of the campsite and the great walking opportunities between the sea, forest, green nature and wonderful Baltic Sea air. With a dog run including a course and dog-friendly restaurant, four-legged friends are at least as welcome here as the campers themselves, according to guest reviews.
Top 3 Campsites in Germany for Dogs
Camping with a Dog in Austria
Many campers are drawn to the mountains for the most beautiful time of the year with their four-legged friends. The Alpine region provides campers with dogs with many great hiking and walking opportunities in an incredible scenery. Campsites in the lake regions in Austria are also highly recommended. At Wolfgangsee or Traunsee your four-legged friend can cool off and discover the underwater world. Tips for hiking with dog as well as accessory recommendations can be found in the magazine article.
Campers will find a particularly high level of dog-friendliness at HOCHoben Alpin Camping Mallnitz. Guests rate the suitability for camping with dogs at this popular site in Austria with 5 out of 5 stars. You can find more dog-friendly campsites in Austria in our campsite search.
Top 3 Campsites in Austria for Dogs
Camping with a Dog in Italy
In Italy your dog will feel especially comfortable at the campsites in the region Lido di Venezia . The four-legged friends will be taken care of by dog sitters for walking and trainers, which provide training on courses. Further, Camping places on Italian islands score in the dog friendliness. From South Tyrol to Tuscany, you can find over 180 dog-friendly campsites in Italy in our campsite search.
Campers on camping.info rave about the particular dog-friendliness at Campsite Campeggio Europa Silvella. Dogs are welcome here all season long. A large fenced area for dogs to romp without a leash is ready for your four-legged friend. The many walking opportunities and the beautiful sandy beach on Lake Garda provide unforgettable experiences on vacation not only for campers, but also for their pets.
Top 3 Campsites in Italy for Dogs
Camping with a Dog in Croatia.
In Croatia there are campsites with excellent facilities for camping with dogs. Along the coast of Croatia, you will find numerous campsites with dog-friendly accommodations as well as a separate dog beach, where the four-legged friend can romp around carefree. Likewise, course opportunities and dog training are often offered.
With 5 out of 5 stars in the category "suitable for guests with dog" campers rate the Autocamp Tabor About half an hour's drive north of Zadar, the campsite convinces not only with sea view on every plot, but also with special dog friendliness on site and on the beach. For more campsites for camping with dog in Croatia you can browse camping.info.
Top 3 Campsites in Croatia for Dogs
Europe-Wide Camping with Four-Legged Friends
If you are looking for more dog-friendly campsites in particularly popular regions, such as Lake Constance, the North Sea coast or beyond the German borders, such as Lake Garda or South Tyrol, you can also simply set the filter "dogs welcome" ** here.
Whether on the beach or by the sea - discover the best destination and the best campsite in all of Europe for you and your dog.
Tips and Tricks: Camping with a Dog
Many dog-friendly campsites offer four-legged care: Either at the reception or along the paths between the pitches you will usually find free bags or garbage bags to properly dispose of the business of your faithful companion. Dog food is often offered in the site's own store. "What a peasant does not know, he does not eat?" In this case, you should remember to pack a sufficient amount of the usual dog food in the camper. In front of the restaurant or even in front of the sanitary facilities, dog-friendly places have a dog bowl with some water ready to go.
Dog toilets or showers are still no basic equipment on camp sites. However, on particularly dog-friendly sites they can be found by campers ever more frequently.
As gladly as dogs are seen and heard on many campsites, a leash compulsion prevails in most places. To prevent problems and not have your vacation ruined, campers with dogs should follow this rule and keep the dog leashed on the campground. On enclosed open spaces your faithful companion can romp, play and jump as much as he likes even without a leash. Certain campgrounds also offer fenced-in lots so your dog can romp freely around the camper or caravan. In some countries there also is a muzzle requirement for dogs on the campsite.
Your dog is not welcome at every beach section or lake. At the sea you should look for signposted areas for the romping of your four-legged friend. Dog owners may be fined for breaking the rules.
Long trailing leashes and a hook on the ground or other fastening possibilities at the pitch are to be considered on the packing list for the vacation. This will keep your four-legged friend safely with you at the site while you read a book without worry or listen to the sound of the ocean waves. Plots with small hedges should be preferred over more open sites when camping with a dog, to not disturb the peace and privacy neighbors may desire.
Observe the house rules of the campground that may be applicable for your dog. Do not let your four-pawed pet "do the business" on the campground. Campground rules ensure peaceful coexistence.
Find out in advance if dogs are tolerated on the campsite especially at the time you want to go on vacation. In some cases, dogs are not allowed in the peak season. Likewise, you should make sure that the four-legged friends are welcome at the accommodation of your choice. In some rental accommodations dogs are forbidden. Also, distinctions are often made between overnight stays in the tent and in the own vehicle. You can find more exact information and the contact to the Campingplatz in each case on camping.info detail sides of the campsites. Other campers who have already been there with a dog have also given a rating for suitability with dog.
Do not choose a pitch in the middle of the action at the campsite. So that your dog can do his business quickly and easily - and not on the neighbors' awning - it is a good idea to park the motorhome on a plot near the exit or on the edge of the campsite.
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Checklists For Camping With Four-Legged Friends
As much as we appreciate the flexibility of camping, the camping vacation with a dog should be well-planned. Especially if you are going camping with a dog for the first time, there are things you should consider when camping with a dog, both when preparing for the trip and on site.
From the necessary papers to the right dog accessories - with our checklists you are well prepared.
Camping With a Dog
In contrast to dog-friendly hotels, campsites offer the four-legged friend a natural environment with sufficient exercise and plenty of space. Whether during the vacation planning, on the trip in the camper or arrived at the campsite:
**With these nine valuable tips, your camping vacation with dog will be a complete success.
Do not forget
EU Pet Passport
Before the camping vacation with dog and cat can start, campers will face a little bureaucracy. Did you know that? The EU pet passport is mandatory for pet owners who want to take their pet with them on trips abroad.
**We answer all the important questions about the blue passport in the magazine article.
Hiking With a Dog
Roam around freely through nature with your dog, put one foot in front of the other and breathe in and enjoy the cool mountain air. When hiking with your four-legged friend, you discover new paths, beautiful places and are together with your fluffy companion in the fresh air.
**The right equipment as well as the accessories you really need for hiking with your dog can be found in the article.
On the Ferry With a Dog
Fancy camping with four-legged friends in Sardinia? There are a few things to consider when camping on the island with a dog.
The different travel options, information on dog-friendly equipment of the individual ferry companies and other tips for crossing to Sardinia with your dog can be found in the article.