Exploring the great outdoors is one of the most exciting things we can do with our dogs, especially when that exploration involves setting up shop for a night or two in wild and rugged terrain.
With all of the tent options available these days, it can be hard to determine which one is best for you and your pet. When you’re camping with your dog, you’ll also need to keep some extra considerations in mind, like ventilation and space, security, protection from the elements, and how well it will hold up to curious (and potentially destructive) paws. To help, we’ve rounded up some of the best tents for camping with dogs. Any one of them should give you added peace of mind to help make camping with your dog a breeze.
8 Best Tents for Camping with Dogs
Coleman Sundome Tent
Best for: Budget tent options
Why it’s great overall: If you’re in the market for a starter tent to test the camping waters, you probably don’t want to spend a ton of money on a product you might not use a lot. We think the Coleman Sundome Tent is a great budget tent option for people who aren’t sure whether camping with their dogs will become a tradition. The tent comes in multiple sizes, each of which features a patented WeatherTec system designed to be wind- and weather-resistant, as well as large windows and ground vents for additional ventilation.
Why we especially love it for dogs: Mesh storage pockets in the tent’s walls make it easy to keep your dog camping essentials—like special treats, a leash, and any important medicines— handy. And thanks to those large windows, your dog will still feel like he’s outside while remaining shielded from the elements.
Tepui Kukenam Ruggedized Tent
Best for: Car-top tenting
Why it’s great overall: Finding a tent that provides off-the-ground access can help protect you from wet soil, insects, and animals that might be roaming around your campsite at night. The Tepui Kukenam Ruggedized Tent has a telescoping ladder that offers additional support and easy access for dogs who don’t mind climbing (it’s also useful for smaller dogs who can be carried up the ladder and placed directly into the tent). It features high-density foam pads for comfort, netted windows for ventilation, and tie-down anchors to help keep you safe from strong winds. It carries a big price tag but might be worth the investment if you spend a lot of time on the road.
Why we especially love it for dogs: For older dogs who still like to camp, this car-top tent is more affordable than a camper van and comes with a lot of the same perks. Heavy, dual-stitch fabric helps ensure rain and wind won’t bother your dog, and the foam mattress and anti-condensation mat may help provide soft support for achy joints.
PetEgo U Pet Portable Pet Tent
Best for: Dogs who are always on-the-go
Why it’s great overall: While hiking during your camping adventures, the PetEgo U Pet Portable Pet Tent is a nice option to have when it’s time for a break on the trails. This water-resistant tent pops up in mere seconds and is an easy way to help protect your dog from the rain, sun, or pesky insects.
Why we especially love it for dogs: This tent was developed specifically for dogs to rest, relax and get out of the elements, wherever your travels take you. It has claw-proof, see-through mesh windows and comes in small, medium, and large options to accommodate different size dogs.
Big Agnes Dog House Tent
Best for: The whole family
Why it’s great overall: If your camping trip will include more than just you and your dog, you might want a tent with plenty of space for everyone to sprawl out together. The four- or six-person Big Agnes Dog House Tent is made with a waterproof coating that’s designed to help protect your crew from wet weather, and an oversized, covered back window that can be opened from inside for extra ventilation and easier access to any breathtaking views.
Why we especially love it for dogs: Room for the whole family means plenty of space for your four-legged family member to move around and feel comfortable. Plus, if you have a full house, the two vents for extra airflow and reduced condensation will be appreciated. Trust us.
MSR Access 2
Best for: Winter camping
Why it’s great overall: Just because this tent is light in weight doesn’t mean it’s low in ability. Weighing in at around 3.6 pounds, the MSR Access 2 tent is smaller in size for hiking through snowy terrain (it’s meant for two people—or you and your dog!), but offers many camping shelter perks. The tent’s composite materials help keep you safe in winter outdoor conditions, while limited mesh on the tent body helps keep warmth inside the tent as you snuggle up with your pooch on those cold nights.
Why we especially love it for dogs: Winter camping can be problematic with dogs if you don’t have the proper equipment. This tent features sturdy poles and durable fabrics that should help keep you and your dog warm in cold weather—and withstand your dog’s happy paws!
Sierra Designs Convert 2
Best for: All-season camping
Why it’s great overall: Finding a tent that will handle your camping adventures during any season is no easy task, especially if you’re looking for one that’s affordable and easy enough to potentially carry. In our opinion, the Sierra Designs Convert 2 hits all of those markers, and more. The breathable fabric helps keep both snow and dust out, while a removable vestibule may provide extra warmth in the cold fall and winter nights. The nylon fabric is also lightweight and easy to manage, so you should be able to carry this tent with you on most outdoor adventures.
Why we especially love it for dogs: The extra vestibule option that comes with this tent is also a useful way to help keep pesky bugs away from your dog while camping.
Coleman Steel Creek Fast-Pitch Dome Tent
Best for: Fast-pitch options
Why it’s great overall: If bad weather hits while hiking or backpacking, an easy-to-pitch tent can help keep both you and your pet safe in a pinch. The Coleman Steel Creek Fast-Pitch Dome Tent is so big that it has a separate screened-in area for extra sleeping space. It also comes with the WeatherTec system and durable Polyguard fabric intended to help keep you safe and dry in a tent that’s meant to last after multiple uses. The best part: Even with all these bells and whistles, the fast-pitch tent is designed to be set up in only about 7 minutes.
Why we especially love it for dogs: The separate screened-in area is ideal for a pup who loves to sleep under the stars but still needs protection against potentially harmful outdoor elements.
Featherstone Lightweight Outdoor Backpacking Tent
Best for: Lightweight options
Why it’s great overall: The two-person Featherstone lightweight outdoor backpacking tent provides a barrier against rain, is easy to set up, and should be spacious enough for you and your furry camping companion. On top of that, a micro-mesh fabric should provide sufficient fresh air, as well. Weighing in at a trail weight of 5 pounds, this is one of the better lightweight tent options you’ll find on the market that still provides adequate protection from the elements.
Why we especially love it for dogs: This tent comes with a specialized floor design that elevates the bottom of the tent from the ground, helping keep you and your dog comfortable and away from mud. The tent is just big enough for you and your dog—which is fine, because the additional vestibule should give you enough room to keep your camping gear, boots, and dog necessities.
Camping Safety for Dogs
Of course, outdoor adventuring (and especially camping) comes with its fair share of dangers. If you’ll be exposing your dog to the elements, it’s important to consider protection against a wide range of potential hazards, such as ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, intestinal parasites, and even wildlife.
For example, your dog may be at risk for heartworm disease if he’s bitten by an infected mosquito or at risk for tapeworm infections if he ingests an infected flea. Dogs are also at risk of contracting intestinal worms, such as hookworms, roundworms, or whipworms, if they ingest contaminated soil or feces. In addition, dogs can get roundworms or certain species of tapeworms from eating an infected intermediate host, such as a rabbit or rodent.
Ensuring your dog is on year-round broad-spectrum parasite protection, such as Interceptor® Plus (milbemycin oxime/praziquantel), is a great place to start. Before you hit the road, you can also ask your veterinarian whether a prescription tick and flea protection product, like Credelio® (lotilaner), makes sense for your dog.
With the proper parasite protection in place, you can focus on making sure that your action-packed camping trip comes equipped with the appropriate gear—including one of the best dog-friendly tents out there!
Credelio kills adult fleas and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations, treatment and control of tick infestations (lone star tick, American dog tick, black-legged tick, and brown dog tick) for one month in dogs and puppies 8 weeks and older and 4.4 pounds or greater.
Credelio Important Safety Information
Lotilaner is a member of the isoxazoline class of drugs. This class has been associated with neurologic adverse reactions including tremors, incoordination, and seizures. Seizures have been reported in dogs receiving this class of drugs, even in dogs without a history of seizures. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures or neurologic disorders. The safe use of Credelio in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. The most frequently reported adverse reactions are weight loss, elevated blood urea nitrogen, increased urination, and diarrhea. For complete safety information, please see Credelio product label or ask your veterinarian.
Interceptor Plus Indications
Interceptor Plus prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls adult roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and tapeworm infections in dogs and puppies 6 weeks or older and 2 pounds or greater.
Interceptor Plus Important Safety Information
Treatment with fewer than 6 monthly doses after the last exposure to mosquitoes may not provide complete heartworm prevention. Prior to administration of Interceptor Plus, dogs should be tested for existing heartworm infections. The safety of Interceptor Plus has not been evaluated in dogs used for breeding or in lactating females. The following adverse reactions have been reported in dogs after administration of milbemycin oxime or praziquantel: vomiting, diarrhea, decreased activity, incoordination, weight loss, convulsions, weakness, and salivation. For complete safety information, please see Interceptor Plus product label or ask your veterinarian.
Disclaimer: The author received compensation from Elanco US Inc., the maker of Interceptor Plus and Credelio, for her services in writing this article. Recommendations in this article are the author’s and are not recommendations of Elanco.
Credelio and Interceptor are trademarks of Elanco or its affiliates. Other company and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
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