How Cold Is Too Cold for Dog Camping? Chill Thrill!

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Author: Jeanette Hampton

It’s an amazing experience to camp in cold, but as the temperatures drop, so does the question: How cold is too cold for dog camping?

Going on a camping adventure with your dog is like exploring a treasure chest of nature’s wonders. So, let’s find out different ways to keep your dog warm in this camp.🐶

How cold is too cold for dog camping

How Cold Is Too Cold for Dog Camping?

Our dogs come equipped with their very own jackets: their fur! It’s not just a stylish accessory, it’s a tool for protecting against the cold.❄️ So, when the chilly winds blow, their fur steps up as the greatest temperature regulator.

Now, let’s talk about the unsung heroes, our dog’s paws and claws. They are more than just cute, they’re built to withstand the chill. But, frosty adventures can be a bit tough on those little tootsies. So, it’s crucial to protect paws and claws.🐾

Dogs feel the wind’s chilly whispers too! It can make your dog feel even colder than the thermometer suggests. So, we must provide them warmth to feel secure.

Breed Matters

Our dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and so does their cold tolerance.❄️ Some breeds are like Arctic explorers, thriving in the frosty embrace of winter, while others may prefer a snug blanket fort.

Some breeds are born to love the chill, while others may need a bit of extra warmth. Knowing your dog’s breed is like having a secret code to decode their ideal camping conditions.⛺

dog sitting outside tent
"Most dogs are usually fine in cold weather❄️ until it drops below 45°F. At that point, some dogs that don't like the cold might start feeling a bit uneasy", confirms Dr Jennifer Coates from PetMD.

How to Tell if Your Dog Is Feeling the Chill?

Before we embark on this cold journey, it’s essential to understand how your dog communicates.🐶 They might not bark it out loud, but their actions tell tales of temperatures and shivers. Let’s understand this in detail:

  • Shivering: Shivering is their way of saying, “Hey, it’s a tad frosty out here!” When you notice your pup doing the shiver shuffle, it’s time to consider some extra warmth, maybe a cosy blanket or a jacket.
  • Seeking Warmth: When your dog seeks refuge in the tent or snuggles close to you, it’s a clear sign that the temperature is dipping below their comfort level. Time to share the warmth and maybe add an extra layer to their camping ⛺cocoon.
  • Frostbite: Imagine your dog’s nose turning from black to red that’s a potential frostbite alert. Frostbite can sneak up on those cute noses, ears, and paws, so keep an eye out for any change in colour or texture.

The Role of Hypothermia and How to Spot It?

Hypothermia isn't just a fancy word, it's the cold's sneak attack on your dog.🐶 If you want to learn how to go camping with a dog safely, it's essential to understand how your dog communicates in cold weather and know the signs of hypothermia. Watch out for signs like intense shivering, lethargy, Muscle stiffness and a lack of coordination[1]. 

If your dog starts doing this then snuggle them up, share your body heat, and consider a warm-up break inside the tent.

dog sleeping at the camp site

So, when your dog starts the frosty shuffle or turns the tent into a comfy camp, pay attention. It’s their way of saying, “I need a bit more warmth, please.” With a keen eye and a dash of warmth, you’ll be the provider of warmth.

How to Keep Your Dog Warm During Cold Camp?

Camping with your dog in cold weather❄️ is like planning a cosy retreat in the outdoors. But nature can be unpredictable so to avoid any incident here are some tips for you to follow:

1. Bring their Favourite Things

Imagine camping⛺ without your comfy duvet, not the cosiest thought, right? Well, dogs feel the same way! Bring along their favourite blanket or bed to create a little comfort zone in the wilderness.

Don’t forget their favourite toys after all, a squeaky friend can add a touch of familiar fun to the adventure. If you want to know how to stop dogs from barking when camping, choose toys they can quietly entertain themselves with.

2. Get a Sleeping Bag for Your Dog

Snuggle time isn’t just for humans! Dogs sleeping bags are like doggie-sized cocoons of warmth. Invest in one to keep your canine companion wrapped in cosiness during chilly nights.

It’s their little sleeping haven, complete with the outdoor lullabies of rustling leaves and distant night sounds.

woman and dog sitting near camp fire

3. Bring Extra Dog Food and Water

Pack extra dog🐶 food to keep their internal heaters burning bright. Hydration is equally important, so bring along extra water. 

Think of it as a dog’s hydration station, keeping those tails wagging and tongues splashing happily.

4. Keep Them Leashed

In the wild dance of nature, a leash is for safety. It ensures your dog stays close, especially in colder❄️ weather where unexpected challenges might pop up.

A leash isn’t just a rule, it’s a dog’s guardian, making sure they stay within the warmth of your care.⛺

5. Keep Them Warm at Night

Nighttime in the great outdoors can get nippy. Snuggle up with your dog in the tent, share body heat, and let their favourite blanket or bed create a warm haven. But, a word of caution: if you’re tempted to light a campfire, ensure it’s dog-safe.

Dogs🐶 and flames🔥 aren’t the best mix, so keep a watchful eye and maintain a safe distance.

dogs enjoying view in the camp

6. Don’t Leave Them Alone for Too Long

Whether it’s exploring, hiking, or just sitting around the campfire, keep your pup close.

They’ll feel safer and warmer with their trusted human pack.


Do Dogs Get Cold When Camping?

Like their two-legged human companions, dogs get colder when they are wet in low temperatures. Avoid letting them play in the water when the temperature drops. If they do get wet, make sure they are fully dried off before turning in at night.

How Cold Is Too Cold for Dog Camping?

Dogs don’t feel the cold quite like us two-legged folks. Typically, they’ll be comfortable so long as the temperature is above 45 degrees F. Once the temperature falls below 40, you should think twice about taking Fido out for long periods.

What’s the Coldest Temperature a Dog Can Tolerate?

Below 45°F, Some cold-averse dogs might begin to feel uncomfortable. Below 32°F, Owners of smaller breed dogs, dogs with short or thin coats, and/or very young, senior dogs, dogs with health conditions, or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being.

Do Dogs Need a Blanket for Camping?

When camping, bringing a thick blanket along for your dog is an excellent idea. While dogs may get cold more slowly than humans because of their thick fur, they will get cold if exposed to cold temperatures for extended periods.

How Do I Know If My Dog Is Cold?

Shaking or shivering. Hunched posture with a tucked tail. Whining or barking. Behaviour change, like seeming anxious or uncomfortable. Reluctance to keep walking or try to turn around. Seeks places for shelter. Lifts paw off the ground.


In conclusion “How cold is too cold for dog camping?” Camping with dogs in cold weather blends adventure and caution. 🐶

Our dogs bring joy to frost-kissed campsites with their boundless energy. Yet we must monitor their comfort closely, from shivers to snuggles, we listen for signals.

We carry beautiful memories: starry skies, laughter, paw prints in the snow. Investing in one of the best tents for camping with dogs can help keep your four-legged friend warm and comfortable on frosty nights under the stars.”

But most importantly, we learned to be mindful guardians. Cold-weather❄️ camping demands extra attention to our dogs’ well-being with the fun. So, be careful and have a great camping!⛺


  1. Admin. (2023a, June 7). Being Cold is Not Cool: Understanding Hypothermia in Pets. Animal Emergency Care.
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Jeanette Hampton
Jeanette Hampton is a content writer at WWD and an expert on all things pets. She’s been writing pet blogs for over 5 years and knows everything there is to know about dogs. Jeanette enjoys writing about pet-related topics because she enjoys helping people learn more about their furry friends.

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