New England Campgrounds That Love Dogs

Campgrounds in New England that love dogs provide amenities that go above and beyond to ensure you and your four-legged friends are comfortable throughout your camping experience.

Dog park in Normandy Farms Campground, Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Source: USA Today)

Dog park in Normandy Farms Campground, Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Source: USA Today)

Campgrounds that offer leash-free areas larger than a postage stamp, tools that help make cleaning up after your pet a breeze, and an inclusive policy that rejects banning dogs based on breed type demonstrate truly dog-loving campgrounds along the East Coast, according to a USA Today report.

Campers need to do their part as well by following campsite rules with regard to leash policies, cleanup, and supervision.

USA Today recommends that dog owners use the following four steps when camping with their pets.

Step 1

Look for campgrounds that provide leash-free, fenced zones as well as areas to explore with your leashed pet.

Bay View Campgrounds on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, provides a leash-free, fenced dog park away from most of the campsites to prevent disturbing other campers.

Some campgrounds offer doggy day camp, too, such as KOA Chocorua in Tamworth, New Hampshire, which offers a 15,000-square-foot dog park equipped with AKC agility equipment and kennels to board your dog should you need doggy daycare. If your destination provides this service, be sure to check the rules regarding supervised play and vaccinations.

Step 2

Camping with pets (Source: redwoodgoodsam.org)

Camping with pets (Source: redwoodgoodsam.org)

Use your own pet waste pickup bags unless the campground offers pet waste bag stations equipped with eco-friendly bags and trashcans for easy cleanup. Truly dog-loving campsites ensure that designated “potty areas” for dogs are set away from campsites and are well-maintained.

Many campsites in New England have clean up stations and designated dog areas, but Scenic View Campground in Warren, New Hampshire, provides free cleanup bags if you run out.

Step 3

Record the campground contact information ahead of your visit to have on hand should a problem arise with another camper’s dog, suggests USA Today. Pet-friendly campgrounds will provide contact information should you need to report dog aggression or another incident that violates campsite rules.

In addition, a reputable campground will require pet owners to provide current vaccination records. At Ross Hill Park in Lisbon, Connecticut, for example, a rabies certificate must be presented at the time of check-in, and the campsite forbids visitors from bringing in their dog. A policy like this helps prevents canine disease from spreading by ensuring that the dogs that are allowed into the park are properly vaccinated.

Step 4

Camping with pets (Source: camping-essentials.org)

Camping with pets (Source: camping-essentials.org)

Check the campground policy regarding breed restrictions. If certain breeds are restricted from visiting the campsite, consider choosing a different location to stake your tent or park your recreational vehicle.

Breed discrimination policies often exclude well behaved, socialized dogs while overlooking more comprehensive language that helps ensure the safety of you and your pets. Often a campground in New England that loves dogs include specific behavior that is not acceptable, such as excessive barking, jumping on other guests, or any outwardly aggressive behavior toward other people and pets.

Worth Pondering…

I am part of all that I have met

Yet all experience is an arch wherethro

Gleams that untravell’d world, whose margin fades

Forever and forever when I move.

—Alfred Lord Tennyson

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