If you have a dog and you love camping there’s no way in the world you’re going to want to leave your four-legged friend at home while you reconnect with nature.
The trouble is that your dog and your human friends have different needs when it comes to selecting a perfect tent. If you’re at a loss for what makes a good tent for your puppy, we’re here to help you comb through the best tents for accommodating your dog on a camping trip!
In a hurry? Here’s the test winner after 10 hours of research:
5 Best Tents for Camping with Dogs - Overview
Here are the top 5 picks.
- Bug-free lounging: 10 x 5 ft. Full-floor screen room
The Coleman Dome Tent is a masterclass in tent design. It’s not a tent that was planned to accommodate dogs from its inception, but it covers so many basic elements of camp comfort so well that it ends up becoming the perfect tent for a person and their furry best friends.
This is a massive tent. If you’re looking to bring along 7 other friends, you’d be more than capable of fitting them all inside of the tent comfortably with room to spare. The body of the tent alone can easily house a pair of queen-sized air mattresses, giving you a wide footprint of comfortable and functional space.
Combine that with the screened-in porch and you essentially have a portable apartment with plenty of room for activities, relaxation, and shelter from inclement weather. The size of this tent doesn’t mean that you’re going to be wrestling to get it set up.
Erecting this tent never really took more than 15 minutes during our tests. That means that no matter what your camping situation is, you and your dog can be sheltered in a reasonable amount of time. You won’t have to deal with a restless pet, and your dog won’t have to suffer poor weather long if it comes down to getting set up in the rain.
This tent comes equipped with Coleman’s “WeatherTec system.” This is their way of saying that they’ve patented a suite of features that all work together to keep the weather outside of your tent. The Coleman Dome Tent comes equipped with welded floors and inverted seams so there’s not a single weak point that you’re going to be cursing during the last leg of a particularly wet trip.
They also deploy the use of an easy-to-install rainfly and extended awnings of your windows. The awnings allow you to keep your windows open. You’ll always have access to fresh air, which important if you’re going to share your campsite with a dog.
That incredible amount of space and the screened-in porch area are what make this an excellent tent for bringing along a dog. You’re not going to be terribly inconvenienced by a restless dog when you have enough room for 8 adults. You could even bring along the dog bed from home and your dog would have more than enough space to get themselves set up in the tent the way they like.
We love the screened-in porch on this tent for its versatility. Your dog can be easily contained without leaving them feeling trapped and confused in the main cabin of the tent, leaving you free to get your campsite chores done without alarming your pup or being interrupted by curious snouts.
This tent from Nemo is the perfect size for two adults, or a single camper and their particularly large dog. You’ll be able to get all of the benefits of some of the largest tents on the market without having to commit yourself to an oversized tent designed to hold a dozen campers when all you need is a little extra room for a rowdy second guest.
This tent is incredibly spacious, they employ walls that are nearly vertical rather than domed to give you a little extra headroom within the tent. These walls also give you a few more crucial inches along the floor of the tent when you’re tucking yourself in for a good night of rest.
Your dog will enjoy the extra space as much as you will. Stepping into this roomy tent will totally redefine your relationship with spaces while you’re camping. It’s the sort of tent that reinvigorates your love of the activity. The tent also comes with an impressive rain fly that totally encompasses the tent and its vestibules.
When you set the fly up, you’re not going to feel like you’re being crushed underneath your rain shield, and your dog will still have room to stretch their legs comfortably no matter what the weather is like. Comes outfitted with convenient snap points to attach a pet floor.
These pet floors are crucial if you’re bringing along a dog. We know you’re keeping your pet well-groomed, but even the most careful pet owners aren’t immune to the whims of their pets. A pet floor is easy to wash, keeps your tent floor clean after a trip, and protects the floor of your tent from an overly excited companion.
This tent is full of storage space. There are mesh pockets all over the internal walls of the tent, and the doors are flanked by a small vestibule. The additional cover on the outer edges of the tent gives you a little more space to spread your things out without feeling like you’re drifting too far from the tent. It creates a sense of space that’s comfortable and expansive without weighing your pack down like tents twice its size would.
The Coleman Elite WeatherMaster is all about creating a sense of connection between you and the world outside of your tent. When you slip into this tent, the overhead lighting, the screen room, and the skylight all work together to keep you draped in creature comforts while keeping your view of the night sky unimpeded.
The screen room is what makes this great for pets. If your dog hates being cooped up in the main sleeping area of your tent, they can enjoy a night in a more open area while still remaining underneath the purview of your tent. The screen room is also a great area for human beings to hang out in.
You’ll be sequestered away from insects that would ruin an otherwise peaceful sunset, and you’ll be able to drink in the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. The skylight gives you a beautiful view of the sky while you’re out in your campsite. It’s made from a fine mesh that keeps buzzing intruders out of your sanctuary, and it’s easy to cover the skylight with the included rain shield.
When it comes to bad weather, this tent is uniquely prepared to stand firm in the face of the elements. We’ve already touched on the rain shield that neatly secures over your tent to block out the rain, but the construction of the tent itself also lends itself to a comfortable camping trip.
If you’re finding yourself battling against the wind, this tent is for you. It's constructed specifically to stay sturdy and give when it needs to during high winds. It doesn't stop there. The seams are inverted to keep water out, the zippers are cuffed with weather-resistant fabric, and the floors are waterproofed to protect against dew and rain. It’s a robust tent that won’t fail you when you need it to protect you the most
This tent is more than just a comfortable place to shield you from the elements. One of its biggest selling points is the built-in overhead LED. This is a nice feature that cuts down on the amount of gear you’re going to have to bring along to have a comfortable and convenient camping trip.
The built-in LED gently illuminates the interior of your tent. It’s activated with an illuminated wall switch so you won’t have to stretch very far or get up after you’ve settled into your sleeping bag for the night. It’s a great way to get some light in your setup without having to bring along a separate lantern, and it creates a gentle background to illuminate your screened-in porch when you’re lounging at night.
- Convertible screen room with inverted "T" style door and inside flap zippered windows
This tent from Wenzel is a robust piece of engineering. From the material to the construction of the corners it’s designed to stand tall when put to the test. It also features a screened-in vestibule that’s larger than the entire sleeping area.
This tent will keep you and your pet feeling dry and comfortable no matter what the weather around you is like. It’s a pet paradise, and it’s also a sturdy place for your friends to cozy up should you decide to bring them along in the future.
The internal area of this tent is one of the most pleasing we’ve seen in a while. The walls, corners, and floor all end up creating a pleasing structure that feels inviting and comfortable after erecting the tent. The corners are also designed to double stake while you’re setting things up. This gives the tent an incredibly sturdy foundation.
The tent isn’t just sturdy, it’s treated in a lot of key areas to withstand the wind and rain. The tent itself is constructed from weather-resistant polyester. The seams are lap-felled, a technique that folds the seam in on itself to keep water out and increase durability, and then they’re double-stitched on top of that. Even the zippers are treated with water-repellant material to keep rain from seeping into the most vulnerable corners of the tent.
If you’re bringing along a dog, this sturdy construction and abundance of space combine to create a tent that’s accommodating for everyone coming along for the trip. They’ll feel right at home in this tent. It gives them the room to roam around freely and the expansive porch area is a great place to deal with a messy or wet dog before granting them access to the internal chambers of this tent.
The internal wall separating the main compartment from the screened area can be zipped up completely. It comes with two hanging storage compartments and a duffel-style carrying bag. It is also backed by a 10-year warranty against defects.
This tent from AYAMAYA lives up to its “ultralight” title. It’s a spacious 2-person tent that employs a lot of smart tricks to get its weight down. You’re going to have to make some sacrifice in terms of private spaces for your dog, and if you’re going to let your little buddy make their way into the water, then you’re going to have to dry them off before letting them into the tent because there isn’t a proper vestibule to let them hole up in ahead of time.
The tent is made from waterproofed polyester that’s breathable enough to leave you with a comfortable night of sleep. The seams of the tent are also heat sealed to keep the tent from leaking even in the heaviest downpours. If the weather is particularly humid or you’re in an area prone to morning dew, the vents on top of the tent keep air circulating enough to keep you from waking up damp in the mornings.
The aluminum poles that make up the skeleton of this tent are especially light and sturdy. You’re going to be saving on a lot of weight with this tent because you’re not carrying around the material for a bunch of extraneous tent material. As long as you’re aware of the weather and the environment ahead of time, you and your dog will stay warm, dry, and clean in this hyper-portable tent.
Keeping your companion comfortable is all about predicting your needs and meeting them ahead of time. This dome tent from Coleman comes filled to the proverbial brim with features that are meant to keep you and your dog dry, comfortable, and sane during your camping trip.
The shape and size of this tent might be overkill for someone that’s taking short camping trips alone, but if you’re bringing along a guest or two, dog or not, this tent is perfect. It’s nice to have the room to really stretch your legs. It’s also a great place to retreat in the event of rain.
There’s nothing worse than feeling cooped up in your tent when the weather turns south. This tent has the room to provide a comfortable amount of space for your dog. It’s packed with storage so you can keep balls, treats, leashes, and harnesses within arm’s reach.
If your dog finds some mud or dives into the lake, you can house them comfortably in the porch area of this tent without feeling like you’ve given them the short end of the stick. It’s a beautiful place to stay during your camping trips.
It provides you with an unobstructed view of the world around you while you’re camping. It’s large and easy to set up, and the rainfly is equally spacious and simple to deploy. If you’re looking for a tent to please your friends (furry or otherwise) it’s hard to go wrong with the Coleman Dome Tent.
Bonus tip: If you’re going to camp with your dog, you might want to outfit yourself with every piece of advice possible. This video has some of the most crucial tips for taking your dog with you to the great outdoors!