The first time I took my Dachshund camping was in 2003, not long after I got my first one.
In 2010, I started a Dachshund club – the Adventurewiener Club – with the aim of helping other owners do fun things in the outdoors with theirs.
In 2014, I organized my first multiple-Dachshund camping trip with the group just outside of Seattle.
We stayed at the Denny Creek campground near Snoqualmie Pass.
Unlike the previous group wiener dog camping trip, when a lot of mistakes were made and lessons were learned, this went off without a hitch and was really pleasant.
Between the 4 of us we had 9 dachshunds so, as you can imagine, it was quite a riot.
There were some keys that helped this group Dachshund trip go smoothly that are important to keep in mind if you plan your own with friends.
5 Tips for Camping with Multiple Dachshunds
1) Check the dog rules before you go
Not all campgrounds are dog friendly, Before you reserve a camp spot somewhere, make sure dogs are allowed.
Something a lot of people don’t know is that many campgrounds have a per-campsite dog limit.
I most often see a limit of 2-3 dogs per campsite. However, some don’t have a limit. Just make sure you know before you go so you don’t get kicked out by a camp host.
In campgrounds where there is a limit, I’ve reserved multiple sites near each other and we spend time “visiting” one of the campsites during the day (well, we hang out all day but if a ranger asks we’re “just vising friends.”)
2) Make sure everyone gets along first
You don’t want to wait until you are crammed into a small space in the woods with other Dachshunds to find out that two of your dog’s don’t get along.
In our case, all of the Dachshunds had already met through our Dachshund club so we knew there wouldn’t be any issues.
Make sure that all Dachshunds coming on the camping trip have spend some time together before.
If there is someone you haven’t met before that really wants to come on the trip, gently suggest they reserve their own campsite.
That way they can hang out at the group site with everyone else but have a place to go if there are any conflicts between dogs or their dog just needs their own space for a while.
3) Avoid the busiest camp spots
If possible, choose a campground that is less popular in crowded.
No matter where you decide to camp though, select a campsite that is not in a high-traffic part of the campground and preferably has some privacy.
Dachshunds are known as a breed that likes to bark so you want to keep them out of situations where they are always being set off (perceive danger) as to not disrupt other campers.
4) Always know exactly where your dog is
It’s important to always keep your Dachshund restrained by using a leash or pen, or know where they are every second they are off leash, when you are camping.
It’s rude to let your wiener dog enter someone else’s campsite and bother them, steal food, or worse.
You also don’t want your Dachshund to run off because their hunting instinct kicked in. They could get lost or hurt by wildlife.
If you are camped by water, you don’t want them falling in a river and getting washed downstream or falling in a lake.
Also, as marijuana gets legalized in more states, it’s more common for dogs to discover a bag of week in the woods and eat it. I’ve heard of several dogs needing to be rushed to the vet from marijuana poisoning.
5) Remember that guarding camp is hard work
When you are at home, it’s likely that your Dachshund sleeps all day.
At camp, your Doxie will probably stay awake and alert all of the time. They don’t want to miss the action and may feel like they have to guard camp.
If our dog gets grumpy and irritated on the camping trip, it may be because they are extra tired.
If your pup sleeps all day when you get home, don’t panic. It’s more likely that they are just catching up on sleep than there being something wrong like them being sick (although it’s always good to watch for other signs
Since this trip, I’ve organized many other hikes and camping adventures with multiple dogs.
If you want to learn more about organizing hikes with multiple Dachshunds, or a mix of dog breeds, check out my tips for a successful pack hike with dogs.
For more tips on camping with Dachshunds and other small dogs, check out our list of important things to bring camping with your dog.
I think the best way to learn how to “do it right” though – what works for you and your dogs – is to just do it! Experience is a great teacher.