Camping with family and friends is a wonderful experience. What if no one is available to camp when you want to, though? Do you miss out on all the fun because you can’t find anyone to spend time with you? No, you bring your four-legged companions with you instead.

Dogs make perfect camping partners for many reasons. You must, however, take some precautionary measures before leaving for a camping trip to protect their safety. Doing so reduces the risk of accidents, injury, loss, and illness.

Here are some tips for keeping your dogs safe while you’re camping:

1. Have them microchipped.

If your dogs were to get lost, they could be returned to you easier. The microchip connects you to your pet and gives whoever found the animal access to your phone number, so they can contact you. If the dog was to slip his or her collar off, there would still be a method to reach you.

2. Make sure they have tags on their collars.

As with a microchip, it serves as a way to contact you in the event your pet goes missing. The dogs’ vaccination tags should also be worn on the collar. The veterinarian that sees the animal knows that they are up-to-date on their shots.

3. Keep current photos of your pet on your phone.

That way if you do have to claim them, you’ll be able to show whoever found your dogs a photograph proving ownership. They’ll see that the animals are, indeed, your pets. They can then release them into your care.

4. Put your pets on a leash.

Keep your dogs with you always. Don’t let them roam freely. When you walk them, make sure they’re on a leash.

There are ways to camp easily with dogs. In fact, they can make the experience even better for you in many ways. You don’t have to hire a pet sitter to care for them while you’re away, they offer companionship and protection while camping, and they’re great adventurers because of their natural curiosity. You can easily put them on a leash and take them with you hiking and exploring.