If your family dog isn't used to the great outdoors, its first camping excursion could be a bit of a shock. Paws sore from sticks and pinecones, senses overwhelmed from sights and sounds, legs tired from trekking around -- these sorts of things can stress dogs out or even frighten them. You don't want your dog barking its head off and disturbing other campers, so think of ways to keep your pup happy and calm.
If a camping trip is coming up, it's a good idea to spend a little time getting your dog used to nature -- and in better physical shape -- by taking it hiking at a nearby nature preserve or other wooded area. Then the dog will be more relaxed when it comes time to camp.