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Friday, October 2, 2009

Pet Owners Will Love Camping with a Pet Dog

By Melissa Kauffman

Editorial Director, BowTie Incorporated

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It’s finally fall, which means it is not too hot and not too cold. In other words, it is the perfect time for your pet dog owning customers to go camping with their pet dogs.

 
Sprey resting in a dog tent

Now this is something that I have never tried to do before this year. Honestly, I never even thought about it. I camped a lot as a kid but we never brought our dogs along. However, I read an article in Dog Fancy about going camping, and I thought it would be something fun for my husband, dogs and I to do together. I decided it was time to add some fun to our lives.

So, I bought a book on local hiking and camp sites. Then I headed to the local Army Navy store to stock up on camping supplies. Next stop, my local pet store where I purchased quite a few products. Last stop, the grocery store.

We loaded everyone up and drove only 30 minutes away to a local camp site. It was totally cheap and we got a great spot. Our 14-year old dog Sprey took to it immediately. She loved hanging out in a new place. Our 2-year-old dog Tampa Bay was a little more uncertain. However, he loved the hikes we went on. All in all, we all loved the experience, and I can’t wait to do it again. 


Sprey on a hike at the camp site

As a pet store retailer, the more you can do to get your customers to bond with their pets and to buy more products, the better for your business. Promoting camping doesn’t even take up much time and space. Set aside an area for camping promotion and include the following items:
  1. Books on local hiking and camping spots.
  2. Dog travel bowls.
  3. Harnesses and leashes creating for serious dog walking on the hiking trails.
  4. Products to prevent fleas and ticks.
  5. Treat packs and bags.
  6. Dog food in easy travel packaging.
  7. Dog bed that wears well and is easy to clean.
  8. Dog first aid kits or other first aid products 
  9. Poop pick-up bags.

You can even prepare a tip sheet on Fun &Easy camping tips to pass out.

I even bought a little dog tent from my local pet retailer that matched our tent. It was a good little product to keep the dogs out of the sun and I can even use it when I take them to the beach. The retailer had already set the tent up in an area that promoted travel products. It was a total impulse buy, but it caught my eye. What can I say?

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