If you find that you need to leave your dog in the car, whilst you are travelling remember how quickly heat can build up. Never leave pets (or children) in an enclosed vehicle in warm weather
, even on overcast days. In fact, a dog in a closed car can die in six minutes on a hot summer day so be very very careful. Even for very short periods, park your vehicle in the shade and have windows open enough to ensure a strong airflow. Never leave your pet for long periods.
Never tie up your dog near the edge of your ute/trailer or near windows to avoid the risk of your dog falling out and then hanging itself. Unfortunately, this happens all too often.
Always when tieing up your dog, keep him well clear of vehicles and make sure there is a continual supply of fresh water and shade.
Travelling dogs need regular walks, just like people. Sitting in vehicles for extended driving periods is unhealthy. Plan your arrival at camp with time for a 30 minute walk either before you've setup camp, or immediately after. Give your dog plenty of attention.
Dont let your dog loose inside the vehicle during driving. As mentioned in the preparation & packing list above, dog seat
belts are a sound investment in security and safety.
And last but certainly not least, never take a dog camping that isn't well socialised or trained. You must be responsible for ensuring your dog isn't going to bite strangers, bark unnecessarily, or chase children. You must also ensure your dog will respond immediately to voice commands when let off leash in wide open spaces, or in the company of other dogs. It is very common for dogs that are un-used to camping or city dogs that have not had exposure to open spaces to become quite overwhelmed with their new-found freedom. For some dogs, the temptation to chase the local wildlife can make your normally well behaved dog selectively disobedient, so it is best to teach your dog the etiquette of camping with small regular trips before embarking upon a major expedition or extended stay away from home.