5 Dog-Things Camphosts Should Have—even if you don’t have a dog

The Bark Host from Reeder Bay campground visiting Outlet campground

The summer of 2020 was unique for many reasons, but for us it was our first full summer as campground hosts. One of the things we had to deal with was DOGS. We had been cat people for 20 years because of our jobs, but we were starting to think about getting a puppy so our attention was shifting. Even if you don’t have a dog, I recommend some basic doggie supplies because:

1) A majority of our campers had a dog.

2) Unattended and lost dogs happen in campgrounds.

3) Visiting dogs.

Here are some basic supplies I have on hand:

Treats: Who doesn’t want a treat?! I had been planning on stocking up on dog treats before COVID happened, then I reconsidered. However, COVID or not, there will be unattended or lost dogs, and they may eventually end up staying with you for a bit. I also jokingly tell my campers, if doggie runs away, hopefully he runs to the camphost or the golf cart. We have treats! I originally bought the cheapest box at the grocery store but over Halloween, I learned about Milk-Bone minis! (And don’t forget your doggie etiquette—always ask if their people first and make them SIT for it.)

Great spare leashes. One in each car or give away when someone needs one!

Cheap slip lead in golf cart. A camper pointed out a loose pup in their neighbor’s tent (chowing down on the food they had left out in grocery bags). She helped me coral the pup then gave me a spare leash she had in the car—a cheap slip lead from an animal rescue. After finding the owner (from a neighboring cabin), I kept this leash in the golf cart for next time. It doesn’t require a collar.

Water bowl for visiting pups: Our fellow camphosts have a sweet Basset Hound that frequently comes to visit, so a water bowl outside became a norm. It’s also handy when those unattended or lost pups end up hanging out with you for a bit until their owner returns. (While camphosting at Babler State Park in Missouri, a hiker dropped a dog off that had been hiking with him for an HOUR before he found someone to leave him with! That dog was THIRSTY and headed straight for the water bowl outside our RV). Big, cheap, anti-skid, stainless is best. Easy to find at WalMart, Target or any pet store. In fact, I think ours was on sale in the CAT section—so check both!

Tie-out: Our fellow camphosts brought their own tether when they came to visit. The ones with two clips can be wrapped around a picnic table leg easily. Again, unattended dog or loose dogs may need somewhere to hang out until their people come back. (Our unattended dog was at 4:00 am and had woken up all the neighboring campers who were sitting outside comforting the distressed pup. We quickly moved him away to our campsite, so everyone could go back to sleep). They are surprisingly cheap on Amazon and we got our second one from Tractor Supply. Get a short one so they wrap themselves around less things.

Poop bags for cleaning campsites. Want to start up a conversation with a dog owner? Ask them their favorite poop bag! 😆 Hopefully, you don’t have to pick up poop, but poop bags kept in the golf cart are CHEAP and SO MUCH EASIER! (In a pinch, use a plastic grocery bag like a glove). In fact, this year we also plan on handing out poop bags to anyone that needs them. Earth Rated is highly rated on Amazon, was recommended to us (large & thick), and is our current favorite.

Bonus pick: A can of dog food—just in case that lost pup is HUNGRY.

Stay tuned for “RVing Full-Time with Our Puppy”.

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