How to Camp With Kids

Author's Note

My husband and I recently began fostering a very sweet but very fearful dog named Jenna. Training a dog, especially a fearful one, is all about repetition, reward, and leading by example. When I was researching ways to get kids into camping, I couldn't help but notice that many of the tips for engaging and encouraging kids had a lot in common with tricks we were using to train Jenna!

Just like with Jenna, you want kids to be comfortable in this new environment. You can reward them with a treat or their favorite toy. Give them lots of praise, and let them take their cues from you. Of course, kids and pets are different but they both respond to love.

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