Best Tents for Camping with Your Dog

Best Tents for Camping with Your Dog

Are you planning to take your furry friend along on your next camping trip but not sure which tent to choose? This article will provide you with the best tents for camping with dogs. You and your dog will enjoy restful sleep on your next adventure! You will also discover expert tips and other recommended tent accessories for camping with your canine companion.

Top Tents for Camping with Your Dog: 

Car camping:

Big House 4 or 6

Bunk House 4 or 6


Copper Spur HV UL2, and UL3 and Long

Copper Spur HV UL1-5

Other accessories sold separately:

Twister cane BioFoam Pad

Tent Floor Protector

Best Tents for Car Camping with Your Dog:

The best car camping tents for you and your dog are the Bunk House 4 and 6 or the Big House 4 and 6. These free-standing, three-season tents offer ample interior space and two large doors, ensuring everyone has enough space and does not feel cramped. Additionally, you can add an optional accessory vestibule to add extra shelter and space to protect you and your pup from the elements.

“The Big House 4 tent is fantastic - Super spacious, fit me, a friend, and my dog no problem with tons of room, where we didn't feel crowded.” -Geoffrey

Big House 4 or 6 

The redesigned Big House is a big deal for car campers and the perfect sized shelter for housing the whole family (including your dog) under one “roof”. Big enough for rainy afternoon card games under cover or for road trippin’ mountain bikers who prefer to stand up in their shelter while changing into something more comfortable.

Bunk House 4 or 6

You’ll be amazed at how the Bunk House tent garners more campground ‘tent-envy’ than anything else pitched. When unexpected wind, rain or a freak June snow storm rolls in, you’ll be glad you pitched this burly double wall tent for you and your dog.

Best Ultralight Tents for Camping with Your Dog

If you are planning to bring your furry friend(s) along on your backcountry adventure, the ultralight and easy-to-pitch Copper Spur HV or Copper Spur Long tents are great options.

Copper Spur HV UL 1-5 

The Copper Spur HV is an award-winning – bestselling ultralight tent that is exceptionally durable and easy to set up with ample living space as a free-standing tent and comes equipped with a 3D bin pocket to keep your space neat and organized.

Our best-selling full-featured, ultralight backpacking shelters, the award-winning Copper Spur UL series is designed with a high-volume hub to maximize strength and increase living space without adding weight.

“I love my Copper Spur HV UL 3 for all occasions as it is easy to pack light and is still spacious for myself, my partner, and my 35-pound border collie!” -Brie

If you have a bigger dog or a tall person and need more leg room - The Copper Spur Long is designed in UL 1 or UL 2 with 6 more inches in length and 3-4 more in height.

Choosing the Right Tent

For ultralight camping: If you are not worried about the weight of your pack, it’s better to choose a larger size tent for extra legroom. If you plan to go camping alone with your dog, it’s advisable to get a 2-person tent, but if you are going with another person and your dog, a 3-person tent would be a better fit. The Copper Spur HV goes up to a 5-person, making it accessible for families.

For car camping: When camping with two/three people and a dog(s), opt for a 4-person tent. For families or groups of four with dog(s), choose a 6-person tent.

Additional Tent Accessories for Camping with Dogs

To keep your tent safe from sharp paws, it is essential to use a tent floor protector. Additionally, to protect the bottom of your tent, you could use a Footprint. These two products are sold separately at By using both, you can significantly prolong the life of your tent. 

  • Keep your dog cozy with The Twister Cane BioFoam Pad. This pad is durable and will not get destroyed by paws. The Twister Cane also gives insulation between your dog and the ground, keeping your dog nice and toasty while camping!

Pro Tips for Camping with Your Pup!

  • Camping gear is not necessarily dog-proof; Keep a close eye on your pup and be careful of leaving them alone in the tent for prolonged periods, so they do not chew up your favorite sleeping bag… It's happened. It’s not a bad idea to bring a repair kit(s) in case your dog is a little rough on your tent.

  • Pack efficiently; make sure to bring a lot of treats and toys, a favorite blanket, extra food, and a dog first aid kit.

  • Pack a dog light so you can see them running around at night.

  • Before going camping, research dog policies and regulations for nearby areas, such as hiking trails and National Parks.