#3 – ID tags & Microchips
Fact: dogs get lost. Your dog should always wear ID tags that aren’t faded and are easy to read. The tags should include their name, your name, your phone number and maybe an email address. In addition to an ID tag, I recommend that everyone get his or her dog microchipped. In the event that Fido ends up in a shelter, this will help the shelter get in contact with you to let you know they’ve found him. The great thing about microchips is they are implanted under the dog’s skin so they can’t fall off or get snagged during vigorous outdoor play.
#4 – Leash & Collar
You should have a leash on you at all times, even if local park ordinances don’t require it. I would recommend a leash made of climbing rope or leather. Flexi leads are fragile, get tangled easily, and will become cumbersome. Keep in mind that even if you can control your dog, you are not in control of the environment. Leashed dogs are safe dogs. There are many natural hazards you might encounter when camping: cliffs, wild animals, sharp rocks, poisonous plants, etc. A dog running off-leash is much more likely to be hurt or get lost.
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