When we take our dogs to the park to exercise and play we don’t think about what type of outdoor dog gear we need. Out of habit we grab the basics; collar, leash, tennis ball and the ever present found stick. Our dogs enjoy an adventure as much as we do. The trips to the park are incredible fun.
The adventures do not need to stop at our local dog park. Visiting National and State Parks offers us the opportunity to see some of Mother Nature’s best work. Taking advantage of local trails is a benefit to us as pet parents and our dogs. The Bring Fido website has a very detailed listing of hiking trails not just in America but across the world. As much as we would love to bring our dogs everywhere there are laws and regulations that prevent our pets from visiting specific locations. Doing the research in advance prevents disappointment and frustrations and allows us and our dogs the freedom to enjoy the newest adventure.
Now that we know where we can bring our pets let’s find the best types of outdoor dog gear that’s available to ensure are dogs are safe and of course, stylish.
OUTDOOR DOG GEAR #1
DOG LIFE JACKET
Are you fluent in nautical or seafaring or lakefaring or riverfaring? Then a flotation device for our dog is essential. Those family holidays at the lake create the memories that we cherish forever. Having our dogs wearing a life jacket ensures safety. We recommend a bright color with a handle. This gives greater visibility and the ability to grab and hold on if such a situation presents itself.
OUTDOOR DOG GEAR #2
While this action above would be the best thing ever, we all know it’s not realistic. As pet parents we need to clean up after our dogs. Poop bags will be required in most if not all open areas. Not only do feces attract wildlife that could potentially put everyone in danger, no one wants to step in it. Disposing of our dog’s waste is a common everyday practice at home and just because we are out in nature, nature may be calling, but it’s calling for us to clean it up.
OUTDOOR DOG GEAR #3
Much like us pet parents that wear protective and appropriate foot gear while out in nature our pets should receive the same protection. We tuck our pants into our socks to avoid ticks getting to our legs and we wear thick hiking shoes for traction and prevention of thorns or rocks tearing up our feet. Our dogs can encounter the same issues. Thorns or sharp rocks can easily cut into the pads of the paws considerably injuring our pets. Dog booties are a necessary piece of outdoor dog gear to add into the wardrobe.
OUTDOOR DOG GEAR #4
The dog pack is a great accessory to add to the pile of outdoor dog gear. This convenient item not only holds on to extra water, snacks, first aid kit or any other knick knacks that come along on your journey. Remember that our dogs can get dehydrated just like us humans and carrying around extra supplies is highly recommended. One accessory that can be carried around in the pack is a collapsible water bowl. It’s very difficult for a dog to drink out of a water bottle and this nifty little thing makes drinking much easier for our pets. While we will have a backpack of our own, a lot of the dog packs are interchangeable between dogs and humans. Weight restrictions should be adhered to and you’d be satisfied when you see that your dog actually enjoys having a legitimate responsibility on the trail. The bond grows stronger.
OUTDOOR DOG GEAR #5
We can’t forget about transportation when we want to take our dogs outdoors. The Advantek Pet Barrier keeps pets safe and secure in the back of a vehicle or cargo area. Its universal fit and easy adjustable rods allow for simple assembly. The Advantek Pet Barrier is constructed of heavy gauge, powder-coated steel wire and is pressure mounted.
Since our pets are part of our family, having the ability to bring them along on any outdoor adventure is comforting and fun. Now, with the right tools and great outdoor dog gear we can have fun. What are your must haves for outdoor dog gear? Let us know. See you on the trails!