We go on several camping trips each year with both our beagles. We just bring a lawn anchor, two 15' or 25' tethers, and plenty of fun stuff to play with. We just keep all the stuff to get wrapped around out of the way. We are tenters, but it only took our dogs one night to get the concept that the tent is pretty much the house. I think they like sleeping bags better than our bed as well... But our first trip this year we were happy they were along. Nights were in the low 40's and it was rainy. DOG PILE IN THE TENT!!!