Wiggle Butts Gone Wild: Exploring the Great Outdoors with Australian Shepherds on Camping Trips!

Brent Conklin
Brent Conklin
Wiggle Butts Gone Wild: Exploring the Great Outdoors with Australian Shepherds on Camping Trips!
Riley and Rusty, aka "The Navigators"
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Discover the joys of camping with your loyal Australian Shepherd and learn how to make the most of your outdoor adventures with these helpful tips and insights.

Camping is a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And what better companion to have by your side than a loyal and energetic Australian Shepherd? These intelligent and versatile dogs make excellent camping partners, bringing joy and companionship to every outdoor adventure.

But if you think you're going to put them in a crate in the back seat, think again. Australian Shepherds like to be involved in everything, like sitting up front in the EarthCruiser

Why Australian Shepherds are great camping companions

Australian Shepherds, often referred to as "Aussies," are renowned for their boundless energy and love for outdoor activities. They are natural herders and have an inherent desire to explore and protect their surroundings. This makes them the perfect companions for camping trips, as they thrive in wide-open spaces and enjoy being part of a pack.

One of the greatest assets of Australian Shepherds is their intelligence. They are quick learners and excel at obedience training, which is essential for a successful camping experience. Their ability to follow commands and adapt to new environments makes them reliable and trustworthy companions in the great outdoors.

Embracing the wiggle butts - the playful nature of Australian Shepherds

One of the most endearing traits of Australian Shepherds is their playful nature. These wiggle butts, as they are often called, have a knack for bringing joy and laughter to any camping trip. Their enthusiasm and love for life are infectious, making them the life of the party around the campfire.

Riley trying to get a treat

Australian Shepherds are always up for an adventure, whether it's a game of fetch, a hike through the woods, or a swim in a nearby lake. Their high energy levels and agility make them excellent companions for outdoor activities, and their playful nature ensures that you'll never have a dull moment while camping with them.

Tips for planning a successful camping trip with your Australian Shepherd

Planning a camping trip with your Australian Shepherd requires careful consideration and preparation. Here are some tips to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for both you and your furry friend:

  1. Choose dog-friendly camping grounds: Before embarking on your adventure, research and select camping grounds that allow dogs. Ensure that the campsites have sufficient space for your Australian Shepherd to roam and explore.
  2. Pack the essentials: Just like humans, dogs have their own set of camping essentials. Don't forget to pack food, water, a leash, a collar with identification tags, a first aid kit, and any medications your Australian Shepherd may need.
  3. Practice obedience training: It's crucial to ensure that your Australian Shepherd is well-trained and obedient before taking them on a camping trip. This will make it easier to manage them in unfamiliar environments and keep them safe.

Riley looking for cows

Activities to enjoy with your Australian Shepherd while camping

Camping with an Australian Shepherd opens up a world of exciting activities for both you and your furry friend. Here are some activities that you can enjoy together:

  1. Hiking: Australian Shepherds have an innate love for hiking and exploring. Take them on scenic trails and let them use their natural herding instincts to navigate the outdoors
  2. Swimming: Many Australian Shepherds are excellent swimmers and enjoy taking a dip in lakes, rivers, or the ocean. Make sure to find dog-friendly swimming spots and keep a close eye on your dog while they are in the water
  3. Agility training: Australian Shepherds excel in agility training, so why not set up a mini obstacle course at your campsite? This will not only provide mental and physical stimulation for your dog but also strengthen the bond between you.
  4. Frisbee: For us, a constant activity is playing frisbee or ball. Riley is into anything he can go fetch or catch and Rusty, well not so much. He is happy just being with the pack.

Personal stories and experiences of camping with Australian Shepherds

As an avid camper and proud Australian Shepherd owner, I have had the pleasure of experiencing countless adventures with my furry companions. From hiking rugged mountains to camping under the stars, every trip has been filled with laughter, excitement, and unforgettable memories.

One particular camping trip stands out in my mind. It was just me and the dogs and we played a game of Riley gets to navigate. At every stop sign or T in the road, I let Riley decide which way we went. I would turn the EarthCruiser in the direction he first looked at. It was an amazing adventure and yes, we did get lost. That was the best part. We stayed in a very remote part of South East Idaho and when we found our way back to payment, we were in Nevada. This is a game that we only play when Mrs. Whiskey 7 is not present!!

Overlanding with Australian Shepherds: Exploring off the beaten path

For the more adventurous souls, overlanding with Australian Shepherds is an exhilarating way to explore the great outdoors. Overlanding involves traveling long distances in a self-sufficient vehicle, immersing oneself in remote and off-the-beaten-path destinations. But sometimes they do have minds of their own, and get in a little trouble...

Australian Shepherds are the perfect companions for overlanding adventures. Their adaptability, intelligence, and natural instincts make them well-suited for such journeys. Whether navigating rugged terrains or camping in remote locations, your Australian Shepherd will be by your side, ready for any challenge that comes your way.

Safety considerations for camping with Australian Shepherd

While camping with your Australian Shepherd can be a rewarding experience, it's essential to prioritize safety. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Be aware of local wildlife: Depending on your camping location, you may encounter wildlife such as bears or snakes. Keep your Australian Shepherd on a leash and be vigilant to protect both your dog and yourself.
  2. Protect against ticks and fleas: The great outdoors can be home to pesky parasites. Ensure that your Australian Shepherd is up to date on flea and tick prevention medication to avoid any discomfort or health issues.
  3. Provide shade and water: Australian Shepherds are susceptible to heatstroke, so it's crucial to provide them with shade and plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated.

The video above is not overlanding but does give you some insight into how crazy the wiggle butts can be. There is a squirrel outside and they just can't help themselves.


In conclusion, camping with an Australian Shepherd is an adventure like no other. Their playful nature, intelligence, and love for the outdoors make them the perfect companions for exploring nature's wonders. With proper planning, preparation, and safety measures, you and your Australian Shepherd can embark on unforgettable camping trips that will create lifelong memories. So pack your bags, leash up your furry friend, and get ready to embark on a tail-wagging adventure in the great outdoors!

Brent Conklin


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