The camps with dogs and children begin to position themselves as a trend in Spain, thanks to the numerous benefits that living with animals offers to the physical, cognitive, and emotional development of the little ones.
To enjoy the activities, it is important to consider some practical and legal aspects when it comes to enjoying nature as a family or deciding to send children to camping adventures with their best friends.
Some relevant legal aspects to send to camp children
Camping is an excellent way to allow children to become accustomed to greater autonomy and learn new skills. In addition, in time so urbanized and digitalized, these excursions are some of the few opportunities to come into contact with animals and nature and encourage the practice of outdoor activities.
However, all parents should know some basic legal aspects to have the peace of mind of sending their children to a safe camp. First, it will be essential to ensure that the establishment of the organizing company meets the essential hygiene and safety requirements, such as:
- Check that your monitors are properly trained to perform their duties in the camp. If they consider it necessary, parents can request the qualification of the monitors.
- Prove that their facilities have been submitted and approved in official reviews and that they are up to date with healthy controls.
- Communicate in advance to parents about the activities that will be carried out during the camp, which should be adapted and limited by the age of the children.
- In the case of excursions and activities outside the center or establishment, parents should be informed in advance about the trip. Monitors are not allowed to improvise or take unknown routes.
Tokens for aquatic activities and insurance
- For the practice of recreational activities or water sports, the center or the organizing company of the camp should request that parents fill out a form in advance to inform whether or not their children know how to swim and whether or not they are authorized to participate in such activities.
- Have civil liability insurance and accident insurance that covers the child’s medical needs.
- Provide the necessary means of contact to facilitate the contact of parents and guardians of children. Companies or centers are not allowed to deny or omit information to those responsible.
Camps with dogs and children: practical and legal issues
Although they have undergone a long process of domestication, dogs still retain certain instinctive behaviors, such as hunting or grazing, which usually increase when the animal is in a natural environment. In addition, being very curious animals, dogs will always tend to want to explore the new stimuli that an environment offers them freely.
Therefore, camps with dogs and children mean a double responsibility, both for parents and for those responsible for the center of the organizing company. For its part, the establishment must demonstrate that it has the necessary infrastructure and human resources to carry out this type of activity to ensure the safety of humans and dogs.
The proper preparation and training of the dog
Tutors and parents will be responsible for preparing dogs and children in advance to behave correctly on a camping trip. To be quite objective, the idea is that everything can be socialized; also that the animal learns the basic orders of obedience before participating in the camps for dogs and children.
In addition, it is important that the dog has the opportunity to adapt progressively to the permanence in the fields of rural areas, especially if he lives in an urban environment. And if we intend to leave the dog loose during the camp, it will be essential to teach him to answer the call promptly and to walk correctly without the leash.
Likewise, we recommend consulting the regulations in force in each municipality regarding the permanence of loose dogs in rural areas. In this way, it is possible to avoid economic sanctions that, according to the Hunting Law, could reach 300 euros.
These high penalties occur if the dog has inappropriate behavior, such as chasing animals, disturbing sheepdogs, or causing damage and harm to other individuals.