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Red Rock Canyon – Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guide

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located in the Mojave Desert. Many come here to hike, bike, camp, go rock climbing, or go off-roading within the park. Getting a nice workout in is all the better with a breathtaking view of red sandstone cliffs and serene, quiet beauty of the open air.

For those that want to get in the scenery from the car, there’s a 13-mile Scenic Drive with several overlook points and picnic areas.

Nearby is the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding Red Rock Canyon area where you can do some further adventuring and hiking with your dog! We cover trails here within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.


See our full list of Dog Friendly Outdoor Adventure Guides made just for dog owners. We give you everything you need to plan your next adventure outing with your dog right at your fingertips. We also pick the best dog friendly trails for you!


WHEN TO GO

 

Fall and Spring is a great time to visit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Otherwise, exercise caution when hiking with your dog in the summer or winter. You’ll want to avoid times with extreme heat or cold. The temperature in the desert can change very quickly. Summer temperatures can get well over 100 degrees – definitely too hot for your dog.

Daily entry into Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is by car. Busses and commercial vehicles must charge by car and by person. Annual or senior passes are per person. Most will pay a daily fee of $15 for their car. Other prices and camping fees are available from the Bureau of Land Management website. Prices have been revised as of Feburary 2018.

When you first get to Red Rock Canyon, we suggest you stop by the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center for paper maps and information on current conditions of roads and trails. Take note of the weather as there are flash floods in the area.

Dogs may not enter buildings but are allowed on leash anywhere in the park. Dogs must be attended by a person at all times. Read further for some important tips on desert safety. Don’t forget to pick up after your dog!


WHAT TO BRING

 

Bring a paper map with you with information on trails and the surrounding area. The Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas website has a great guide for visitors that includes a map and brief information about all 19 trails in the area.

You will want to bring a lot of water with, especially when temperatures are warm. The park actually recommends 1 gallon per person for a day long hike, with 1 more gallon waiting back for them in the car. Considering a 6 hour day, that’s about 128 ounces of water or about 21 ounces of water per hour. We usually recommend drinking 16 ounces per hour for a moderate hike. Your dog should drink about 1/2 an once of water per pound per hour. A 50 pound dog would need about 25 ounces of water per hour (perhaps more by park estimates). Actual results will vary, so it’s important to get a rough approximation for what works for you and your dog. It’s always a good idea to drink water before your hike to help stay hydrated.

Don’t forget to wear protective gear to protect yourself from the sun and to apply sunscreen. A cooling vest or banana will help your dog stay cool.

Too hot out? Consider driving on the 13 mile Scenic Drive of the area. It’s a one way loop around the area. Bring a picnic lunch and get out of the car to enjoy the scenery. Allow for about 45 minutes to drive, and more time if you want to stop. You’ll most likely travel along the Scenic Drive just to get to a trail. There are plenty of accessible parking lots and bathrooms around.


DOG-FRIENDLY HIKING TRAILS

 

There are 19 different hiking trails within Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. Don’t forget to print or pick up a map at the visitor center.

If you want to find water along the trail, you’ll see the most just after winter. A few trails offer waterfalls and streams but these often dry up towards the summer months. The park does not recommend drinking or wading through natural water sources.

No need to go through all 19 trails. We picked the best dog friendly trails for you! Most trails in the area are about 2-5 miles.

Lost Creek – Children’s Discovery Trail
If you have kids with you, this out and back trail is perfect. It’s only 0.75 miles and features cultural sites, pictographs and other fun, shady places to explore. A section of the trail is on boardwalk, but the rest is not suitable for a stroller and is rocky or sandy. You can usually see a waterfall at the end of the trail during December – April months.

Moenkopi Trail
The Moenkopi Trail is an easy 2 mile trail loop starts just west of the visitor center where you will park your car. You’ll see sweeping views of Calico Hills, Spring Mountains, and La Madre Mountains. La Madre Mountains will be the highest peak you see in the area at 8,150 feet. Be sure to go when it’s not sunny since there is no shade.

Calico Tanks Trail
The Calico Tanks Trail is popular among tourists. It’s a moderate to strenuous 2.5 mile hike that starts at the Sandstone Quarry parking lot and ends with a natural tank and great views. Many make the mistake of passing the parking lot along the Scenic Drive. Watch your footing on this trail as some areas are slippery. Bring water as the trail gets very sunny and hot, but well worth it just to get to see all the beautiful rock formations around the area. You’ll feel like you really saw Red Rock Canyon with this trail. There are several rocks so if your dog isn’t great on rough terrain and scrambling over rocks, you may opt for a different trail.

Ice Box Canyon Trail
The Ice Box Canyon Trail is a 2.6 mile moderate trail that features several waterfalls and shady areas once you cross a bit of open desert to get there. You’ll see them during the months of December through April. It’s a fun place for your dog to explore and climb some large boulders. The trail isn’t well marked so pay attention to where you are at all times.

Keystone Thrust
Keystone Thrust is a popular geological spot in the park where the Pacific and North American continental plates collided 65 million years ago. You can access this popular 2.2 mile moderate trail via the White Rock parking lot.

White Rock / La Madre Spring Loop
Need a trail that’s a bit less crowded and that just goes in a loop? The White Rock / La Madre Spring Loop is a moderate 6 mile trail accessible from the Upper White Rock parking lot, Los Creek Trail parking lot, and Willow Spring Picnic Area. The White Rock Rail connects to the La Madre Spring Loop. This is a great place if you go trail running during winter months. Prepare to see an abundance of colors and one of the best westside views of the park. You’ll even see bighorn sheep in the area!

Looking or more water along the trail? Consider Pine Creek, Oak Creek Canyon, First Creek and Willow Springs Trails.


DESERT SAFETY

 

Most dogs are unfamiliar with desert creatures. They’ve never seen one, nor know quite how to react to something they’ve never seen before. Rattlesnakes and other dangerous animals and insects are in the area. Always have an eye on your dog and never let him per into small dark spaces. You’ll want to do the same, especially to avoid poisonous snakes and insects. If your dog is bitten by a poisonous snake or insect, keep your dog calm and the wound below the heart. Call a nearby vet immediately for more instructions.

Weather is another concern. Temperatures in the Mojave Desert get really cold in the winter or shade and well over 100 degrees in the summer. Summer hiking should be done in the early mornings. Bring water, a cooling vest or bandana for your dog, and perhaps an emergency shade tent.

There is risk of flash floods and summer lightning in the area, so make sure you check for closures or other information prior to heading out. If you are caught in the rain, be alert for flash floods, and move to higher ground if necessary. If there is lightening in the area, seek shelter immediately.

Last of all, there are hazards from desert flora. Don’t forget to bring tweezers if you need to pull out any cacti from your dog’s paws.


CAMPING

 

If you want to go camping, read our listing for Red Rock Canyon – Camping at Red Rock Canyon Campground.

Camping at Red Rock Campground is closed during summer months. Peak months are March and October. Reservations are available at Recreation.gov.

Backcountry camping is allowed with a permit by calling 702-515-5050. Sites must be set up above 5,000 feet and 200 feet away from water sources. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.

If you are out camping, be sure to watch the sunrise and sunset at Red Rock Overlook and Highpoint Overlook!


BIKING

 

Road biking is allowed along State Route 159 and Scenic Drive. Mountain biking are only allowed in two areas: Cottonwood/Late Night Trailheads off State Route 160 and Mile Marker 12 on Kyle Canyon Road / State Route 157 (Twilight Zone Trails). Mountain biking is not allowed on hiking trails.

 

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Best Energy Bars For Dogs – Pawtivity Picks

We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.

This week we looked for energy bars to take out on the trail with our dogs. Energy bars are a compact, portable, and slim source of food for your dog. They are much easier to carry around than kibble and bowl. No more crushed or wet kibble! An unopened bar package won’t get spoiled and wet if you are on a trail near water or doing water sports.

Products Covered: Energy Bars

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WHAT ARE ENERGY BARS FOR DOGS?

 

Energy bars for dogs are short-term energy boosters or meal replacement solutions designed specifically for active dogs. Bars are high in calories so it’s not something you want to give your dog if he’s not active. Bars are also idea for travel rather than the main source of your dog’s daily meal.

Ask your vet for their opinion on which energy bars are best for your dog and activity level. You should also ask them about any known allergies. We can’t recommend a best energy bar for your specific dog. It just depends on his activity level, health, nutritional needs, and calorie requirement.

With all food, give your dog a small sample to try first before heading outdoors. If your dog gets an upset stomach or other adverse reaction from the energy bar, at least you’ll know in advance and be able to consult further with your vet. Don’t forget to try different flavors to keep meal time more interesting for your dog!

Even the best food manufacturers announce food recalls. Always check the FDA’s list for recalls periodically to make sure you are not giving your dog something from the list. Another great source for dog food is Dog Food Advisor.


ENERGY BARS FOR DOGS

 

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar

TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar* is a popular choice among hikers and backpackers. It’s a complete meal for your dog, meaning, you can give your dog one of these bars in place of his meal! Depending on how much your dog eats, it means not having to carry around kibble and a bowl! And dogs really do love the taste of these. They just do! Flavors come in bacon and peanut butter.

Each bar is 2.2 oz, 250 calories and made from US sourced, human grade, all-natural grain-free ingredients. Bars also come in multipacks for a total of 4.4 oz and 500 calories. Bars can be kept for up to 2 years or up to the ‘best by’ date on the package.

Food is suitable for sensitive stomachs and approved by a lot of picky eaters. Bars are scored and can be broken into pieces easily by hand or given throughout the day as a treat.

If you look at the Nutritional Analysis, bars contain 18% crude protein and 20% crude fat to help sustain energy. Top 5 ingredients are all natural: chickpea flour, whey protein isolate, oil blend (safflower, coconut) organic tapioca solids, and proprietary vitamin and mineral blend.

According to Embrace Pet Insurance, dogs need about 25-30 calories per pound to maintain their weight. For a 50 pound dog, this is roughly 1250 daily calories or 625 per meal twice a day. That means as a meal replacement you may need to give your dog a 4.4 oz package for each meal and perhaps top it off with something else, such as peanut butter. This is important to keep in mind as it’s a very rough estimate of how much food you have to bring for your dog.

WHY WE LOVE: We love this because dogs love this! We also love how this can be used as a ultra-light, compact meal for your dog, perfect for that backpacking and day hiking trip.

Take me to the TurboPUP Complete K9 Meal Bar*now.

 

Zuke’s Power Bones

Zuke’s Power Bones* are a favorite among day hikers. Zuke’s already carries a wide array of treats, that dogs simply love.

With real meat listed as the #1 ingredient and the fact that dog’s love the taste of these treats, getting these treats is a no-brainer. Power Bones comes in 4 flavors; Beef, Chicken, Chicken & Rice, and Peanut Butter.

Power Bones contains about 12% crude protein and 7% crude fat. The top 5 ingredients are meat, ground oats, ground barley, ground rice, and maple syrup. Other ingredients are all natural and include a combination of fruits, vegetables, spices, and preservatives. These treats come in chewy, bite sized chunks about an inch long.

WHY WE LOVE: Zuke’s Power Bones are the prefect little treat for a day hike. We love giving tiny doses of energy (and love) to our dogs while out on the trail.

Amazon currently has an add-on special* on the beef flavor for $5.44 as of May 2018. That’s a really good price. Better take advantage of the awesome deal!!

Take me to Zuke’s Power Bones* now.

 

Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Energy Bar

We look to hunters for advice on energy bars. The Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Energy Bar* is new to us, but a staple for many hunting, sporting, and guard dogs. It’s compact and packaged for ultimate portability at any outdoor event, show, or during intense training exercises.

This 400g bar can be broken up into 8 smaller pieces. According to the manufacturer, 100-200g (2-4 small pieces) is enough for a 55 pound dog! That’s a small dose of energy! It will take about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours for the energy bar to take effect.
 

 

The Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Energy Bar contains 25% crude protein and 59% crude fat. The top 5 ingredients are fish meal, lard, vegetable fat, grape sugar, and corn. Additional vitamins and minerals have been added to the bar.

A bonus in these treats is that these bars don’t freeze. You can use them in the winter without getting a hard block to give your dog! It’s also packaged so no need to package your own food.

This product is made by Henne Pet Food of Denmark and originally designed for dogsled teams.

WHY WE LOVE: This bar is one small, mighty compact dose of energy for your active dog!

As of May 2018, there is an extra 5% coupon*.

Take me to the Lakse Kronch Pemmikan Energy Bar* now.

 

Out Bar

The Out Bar is handcrafted in batches by The Great Outdogs. It’s a compact meal replacement for dogs that need a good boost of energy. The bar comes in three flavors; herring, lamb and turkey.

Each piece can be broken up into 4 smaller pieces. A 50 pound dog will need about 3.5 bars per day.

The Out Bar contains 23-28% crude protein and 16-23% crude fat. The top 5 ingredients are animal protein (herring, lamb / lamb liver, turkey / turkey liver), buckwheat flour, green lentils, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas. This may vary slightly based on flavor of the bar. Bars are grain-free, do not contain artificial preservatives, and have added vitamins and minerals. Ingredients are source from North America.

WHY WE LOVE: We love that this bar is handcrafted with quality ingredients.

Take me to the Out Bar now.

 

What energy bars do you get for your dog? For what activity?


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Kootenai National Forest, MT

The Kootenai National Forest sits in Montana and Idaho. Scenic views will leave your breathless as you hike near cliffs, giant cedars, and large fields. The most popular areas in Kootenai are Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Ten Lakes Scenic Area known for its carved glacier basins, Lake Koocanusa Scenic Byway, and Ross Creek Scenic Byway.

Dogs must be on leash or restrained in developed recreation areas. We recommend that dogs be well behaved and obey commands well as there are bears, wolves, and other wildlife that roam the area. Dogs are not allowed in swimming areas and on some beaches near water.

With over 1,400 miles of trails, there are a lot of options to consider! Some trails to consider: Ross Creek Cedar Area, Trout Creek National Recreation Trail at 19.8 miles, Kootenai Falls Trail, and Big Therriault Lake Loop Trail. In the summer only, head on to Little Spar Lake and take an 8 mile hike around the lake with your dog. Trails and maps can be found on the USDA website.

Mountain biking and road biking are allowed in the area. Check out mountain biking in the Libby area in the spring where there are over 132 different species of wildflowers. You’ll also want to head down the trails past Kootenai Falls. Check out the Sheldon Mountain bike course or Kootenai Trail.

There are several camping options in the area from standard campsites, to dispersed and RV camping. Most campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Popular campgrounds to consider include Rexford Bench Campground, Loon Lake Campground, Big Therriault Lake Campground, or Timberland Campground. Spar Lake Campground has hiking, biking and a lake in the immediate area. Consider Yaak River Campground if you want to go road biking or be near the Kootenai River.

Large groups or families can consider McGillivray Campground. For cabins, go to Big Creek Baldy Lookout for a great view near Lake Koocanusa. Cabins and campgrounds are listed on the USDA website. Backpackers can refer to camping options here.

If you have a water dog or love fishing for salmon and trout, head over to the Lake Koocanusa area near Libby Dam. Large watercraft and sailing is allowed in the area. There are also campgrounds around the lake.

We hear there are morel mushrooms (non-toxic) in the area – but make sure your dog doesn’t eat a ton of them! Regular mushrooms are toxic to dogs. Some dogs love to hunt morel mushrooms, but you’ll need a permit to collect them.

For winter, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing with your dog or consider cutting down your own christmas tree.


 

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The Top 24 Best Hiking Dogs By Category

Are you considering getting a dog that can go hiking with you? We give you a rundown of the most active dogs that also make a good hiking buddies!

We grouped dogs into categories that should help you find the best type of hiking dog that matches your lifestyle and hiking preferences.

This guide should help you narrow down which hiking dog to get.

Have kids? Get a dog for active families. Do a lot of backcountry hiking? You’ll need a dog that is reliable off-leash and can adventure with you off the beaten path. Go on a lot of challenging, rough terrain, want a smaller companion, or live in a cold area? We have dog recommendations for you too.

Here is our list for the best hiking and trail dogs.

Choose a dog that matches your own hiking preferences. How long do you hike and at what level? In what weather and terrain conditions? With whom?


FOR ACTIVE FAMILIES

 

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers love to be with a family and are great with kids. They will be happiest walking with the family and in an area where they can play near the water. Golden retrievers have strong retrieval instincts, so bring along a toy for them to fetch on your outing. These dogs are obedient and have great agility. Retrievers are prone to hip dysplasia when they get older which will severely limit how much they can hike.

Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs were bred as a farm dog in Switzerland. They are large and gentle dogs that need a lot of space to roam. As a mountain dog, they are comfortable on rough rocky terrain but hikes should be shorter. Otherwise, take frequent breaks as these dogs may not have high endurance. The Bernese Mountain Dog loves to be social and make friends so they are great in an area with a lot of families and smaller children. Lessen your load by giving them a pack to carry. They can carry a lot!

Brittany Spaniel

Brittany Spaniels are actually one of the smallest bred hunting dogs, so they are a great off-leash dog that love to work with humans. Socialized Brittany Spaniels are well mannered even with strangers, kids and other dogs. These dogs don’t need a commanding owner. Just guide them along and they’ll be eager to follow you wherever you go. Don’t confuse compliance with being mellow. Brittany Spaniels need exercise and are very athletic. Otherwise, they are prone to separation anxiety and hyperactivity. They can keep up with you and your active family easily, even on a run.

Dalmation

Dalmations have superb endurance. They used to protect horses that pulled stagecoaches, so they make great biking companions who can keep up with you for a long distance. You’ll need to take a Dalmation out pretty regularly, otherwise they will become destructive. This is probably not the dog for a first time owner as they need a firm hand. Dalmations can be stubborn without proper guidance and exercise. At the same time, these dogs can be very loving and playful to their family members.

Weimaraner

Weimaraners are another affectionate dog who is great for the active family. They are a great companion dog for short or long walks in any type of terrain. A short coat makes them easy to care for on the trail. It’s easy to train these dogs, but they do need an owner that can be committed to training them and giving them attention. They also need constant exercise. Otherwise, Weimaraners can become stubborn and disobedient.


ADD WATER PLEASE

 

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers love to swim in water. They make a great companion for any family with young kids that likes to camp and hike. They will be anyone’s best pal since. Labs are friendly towards anyone, even strangers, and other dogs. It’s no wonder that these dogs are consistently rated one of America’s most popular dogs. Labradors do need constant exercise, or will become overweight. Like golden retrievers, they are prone to hip dysplasia so that may limit how much hiking they can do in senior years.

Portuguese Water Dog

The Portuguese Water Dog actually has webbed feet, so they make great swimmers that love to play in the water. They are tireless in any outdoor adventure and great off-leash on a long walk as they like to be near their owner. Portuguese Water Dogs need constant exercise or can become independent and strong-willed. Those with allergies should consider this dog as they are hypoallergenic with a curly to wavy coat.

Poodle

Poodles are extremely smart, obedient dogs that can do well off-leash on a long hike. They are highly trainable, loyal, and just love to play. Being sociable, poodles are highly tolerant with kids. Compared to the Portuguese Water Dog, Poodles are leggier, graceful and have tight, curly hair. Poodles do need constant companionship or attention, otherwise become prone to separation anxiety. They also bark a lot to demand attention, so perhaps not the best dog for standard campsites or in the backcountry.


SMALL AND COMPACT

 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is a small to medium sized dog that just loves to play, a perfect fit for an active owner with kids. Corgis are natural herders and bark a lot. You will do well on a long, flat trail as these dogs have short leg but can keep up with you. Corgis can hike a 5-6 miles with you without a problem, but will have to build up their endurance for day-long hikes.

Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terriers are one of the most lively, high-strung dogs out there. Bred to hunt foxes, they are fast on a run and can tear it up on the trail. They are also jokesters and will always make you laugh. Jack Russells are highly trainable so they are good as a trick dog and will do well in sports such a flyball or agility. These dogs need constant activity and love to chew, bark, and chase so they need an owner who can keep up with that. These dogs are great for those that like to run or bike on the trail where they always need to keep up with you. Otherwise, they need to be on leash as they have high prey drive. Early socialization is key to reduce aggression towards other dogs.

Patterdale Terrier

Since Carmella is honorary pup of Pawtivity, we couldn’t help but not list the Patterdale Terrier! Patterdales are very active, smart, and strong willed dogs that are fiercely loyal and affectionate to their family. They love to smell and explore, so need an owner who loves the outdoors or has a large field to play in. Patterdales have high prey drive and were bred to hunt foxes, rabbits and rats. They are best kept hiking on leash. Unlike Jack Russells, Patterdales don’t bark much which make them a great companion camping or backcountry hiking. Early socialization and training is key as Patterdales can be intense and perceived as aggressive to other dogs.

Dachshund

Daschunds are a little dog with big personality. They have high stamina and can go a long distance despite their short, muscular legs. This loyal dog loves to play with his family and do everything with them. If something is amiss they will alert you with a loud bark. Watch out if your Daschund is off-leash as they love to sniff around. It’s part of their breed instincts for sniffing out badgers. Just make sure they are not poking their noses in the wrong place! Daschunds are prone to disk problems so it may not do so well on stairs or steep climbs.

Norwegian Lundehund

The Norwegian Lundehund was bred to hunt puffin eggs and live puffins on cliffs, so they are a small dog that is nimble and surefooted on their paws. Having six toes on each paw helps! Take this dog on a mountain hike and they will be at ease navigating rocky terrain. They will also love swimming in a mountain stream. You may want to keep them on leash while on a hike as these dogs are curious by nature and love to explore small passageways. Early socialization will help reduce shyness.

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BACKCOUNTRY HIKERS

 

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are known for being service dogs to the police and military. They are highly trainable and excel at obedience. A trained German Shepherd would be a great dog to take with you for some off leash hiking or backpacking. They are also protective when needed and can navigate through rough terrain. You’ll find a loyal sidekick with this dog, but without adequate exercise and attention you’ll have one destructive pup instead.

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is an extremely intelligent and easy to train dog. They are agile and make a great hiking partner for long hikes in tough terrain. You won’t ever find yourself having to carry or motivate an Australian Shepherd as these dogs are always ready to go. These dogs are devoted to their owner and you won’t have to worry about them straying too far. They will bark to alert you of any pending danger and protect their family. Bring a brush on your walk since debris is likely to get in their fur.

German Shorthaired Pointer

The German Shorthaired Pointer is known for having a great nose. They were trained to find and retrieve waterfowl. German Shorthaired Pointers are highly trainable and sure footed for rough terrain. They have a flat water-resistant coat that helps the regular temperature and repel dirt. Webbed feet make them great swimmers. Don’t worry about losing track of this dog. He will likely find you and hates being away from people. German Shorthaired Pointers can be reserved with strangers and will bark if they come across anyone or anything unfamiliar to them.


CAN HANDLE THE HEAT

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback was bred to hunt lions in Africa, so they are naturally comfortable in hot temperatures and have high endurance to get through a lot. If you live in a hot area or a desert area, this dog will be comfortable adventuring by your side. Rhodesian Ridgebacks have very high prey drive, so probably not a dog to leave off-leash. They are affectionate with their family, but can be guarded with strangers. You’ll need to give them firm, consistent training and early socialization.

Vizsla

The Vizsla is known to be a fast dog that can run long distances. Their short, thin coat make them a great dog for hot weather. They never like to stray too far from their owner, so are a great off-leash companion as well. Vizslas are gentle and affectionate but always ready to go. Don’t get a Vizsla if you will be away a lot and can’t give them at least 2 hours of daily exercise. They are prone to separation anxiety and can become destructive.

Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is the largest of the terrier family. Their coats are wiry. When temperatures rise, just strip down their coats. These dogs are smart, easy to train and outgoing. They are also playful which make them such a fun dog to have around on any adventure, especially with kids. The Airedale Terrier is an independent dog, so you’ll have to provide consistent training and playtime.


COLD WINTER TROOPERS

 

Siberian Husky

Known for dog sled racing, Siberian Huskies were made to run and hike in the snow. Their warm double coat protects them from the cold. Combined with endurance, power, and speed these dogs will challenge you in any winter outing. Siberian Huskies are very friendly dogs with a pack mentality so make sure you include them in family gatherings. These dogs are not the easiest to train, so not a great candidate for a first time dog owner. You’ll want to keep your dog on leash.

Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute also has a double coat that protects them from the cold. They are much larger and stronger than a Siberian Husky, but have the same friendly demeanor. Good training is a must with this dog as they can be stubborn, independent and hard to control due to their size. If you live in a cold area, this dog will feel right at home.


THE ALL-AROUND HIKING BUDDY

 

Border Collie

There is little wonder why you see Border Collie excel in so many dog sports, including agility and disc dog. They are one of the most intelligent dog breeds which make them very trainable. They also follow directions well and have a good tireless and positive temperament. Border Collies don’t have high prey drive so this makes them better for off leash outdoor activities. These dogs are active, so owners need to be able to commit to giving them enough exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy.

Australian Cattle Dog

Another all-around adventurer is the Australian Cattle Dog, also known as the Queensland, Blue, or Red Heeler. These dogs are great for backpackers and 14er hikers as they can navigate through any terrain. They also are a loyal companions that will make you smile while on the trail. Being highly trainable, they are reliable off leash and will take direction from you easily.

Mixed Breed

You know your dog best. Mixed dogs often have the best traits from multiple breeds. Sometimes, shelter dogs become the most loyal and loving companion as they truly appreciate the bond they have with their owner.


Let us know what type of dog you end up choosing! What hiking adventures do you go on?

 

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The Best Lightweight & Compact Hiking Gear (2018) – Product Picks

We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.

This week we are covering the most lightweight and compact gear for hiking, backpacking, outdoor travel, camping, running, and biking for you and your dog. We love finding the best all-season and multi-use items because it just means carrying less. We also always keep a dog owner’s perspective when choosing gear. Love to our furry friends!

Products Covered: Trekking Poles, Coats, Survival Gear, Trowel, Dog Bowl, Towel, Pet Tool, Pen, Notebook

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HIKING / TREKKING POLES

 

We looked at lightweight poles for a moderate 3 season hiker. If you are going hiking in rough terrain or mountainous regions, we suggest getting a pole that is stronger and heavier.

Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Pole

The Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Pole* is a lightweight (10 ounces per pair!) trekking pole made of aluminum and has a very comfortable, non-slip foam grip.

There’s a new Z-Pole rapid deployment system that makes it easy to collapse into 3 folds and extend the pole. The pole stays durable with stiffer joints. The rubber tip at the end can be removed or changed.

The pole comes in 4 different sizes (100cm, 110cm, 120cm, and 130cm). Most hikers should be able to find a size that works for them.

WHY WE LOVE: These are ultra-light, compact poles suitable for the typical hiker. It’s a great all-around use for daily hikes.

Take me to the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Trekking Pole* now.

 

Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

Montem is a pretty new manufacturer, but they’ve put out some darn good poles! The Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Pole* is one of their most popular products.

The trekking pole is made of an aluminum shaft that is adjustable (24” – 53” or 60.96 cm – 134.62 cm) and collapsible. A flick-lock system keeps your poles from sliding when open. Mud baskets and rubber tips are interchangeable.

These aren’t the most lightweight at 19.2 ounces per pair, but it’s a great buy at about $50 for a solid and sturdy trekking pole.

WHY WE LOVE: We really love the comfortable cork grips – you won’t want to let go. The poles are similar to more expensive versions but at a great price.

Take me to the Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Pole* now.

 

High Trek Premium Ultralight Trekking Poles

 

The High Trek Ultralight Trekking Poles* is another solid buy considering it’s value price at about $30 and durability. Poles are made from aluminum and weigh 17.4 ounces.

Poles are fully adjustable to 26” – 53” or 66cm – 135cm using an easy twist-lock mechanism that won’t slip while in use.

Mud / snow feet are included on the poles. Grips are made of EVA so can absorb sweat.

WHY WE LOVE: This is a great pole for the beginner, casual hiker. You can’t really beat the price vs value on this.

Take me to the High Trek Premium Ultralight Trekking Poles* now.

 


COATS

 

There are a lot of coats out there for different seasons. We looked at some all-in-one or all-season coats that could be used as a great layering piece for colder weather.

Baubax Travel Jacket

The Baubax Travel Jacket was featured on Kickstarter The World’s Best TRAVEL JACKET with 25 Features | BAUBAX 2.0 as the world’s best travel jacket with 15-25 features and raising over $11.5 million!

This coat is at least worth a look! There are different versions of the jacket from a sweatshirt, windbreaker, bomber jacket, to blazer. Some of the more popular versions of Baubax 1.0 are the sweatshirt for men* and the bomber jacket for women*.

The 15 features on Baubax 1.0 include a drinking pocket, sunglass pocket, microfiber cloth, telescopic pen, gloves, eye mask, neck pillow, earphone holders, phone pocket, passport pocket, stylus, blanket pocket, charger pocket, hand warming pockets, and a tablet pocket. Our favorite feature by far is the neck pillow. It’s integrated into the jacket and can be taken out and inflated in 2 seconds! We also love all the different pockets where you can organize and store all your small hiking items easily and without taking off your backpack.
Now on Indiegogo is Baubax 2.0 with 25 different features! Preorder this now on Indiegogo.

These jackets come with these additional features: bottle pocket, apple pencil pocket, whistle, keychain, bottle opener, secret pocket, footrest (yes!), earplugs, airpod pocket, and airpod straps. Those are even better features for hiking trip! You may not even need to carry a backpack! Make your dog carry the rest of the stuff while you go without a backpack.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s hard not to love this jacket! You can really hold so much stuff without the need to carry an extra backpack weighing down on your shoulders. This is perfect for a day hike. We definitely recommend the Baubax 2.0 jackets.

Take me to the Baubax 2.0* now.

RC Packable Dog Rain Poncho

This simple jacket packs down into a little pouch making it one of the most portable dog raincoats available. The company stands by their products and will repair or replace the coat for the life of your pet.

The RC Packable Dog Rain Poncho* comes in a variety of colors and patterns. There’s also a hood and D-ring hole. Sizes range from XXS to XXXL so it’s hard to find a coat that won’t fit your dog! An adjustable velcro waist band gives your dog a more custom fit.

The coat is not the most durable around, nor the warmest, but it’s a great buy for any rainy emergency given it’s low price and versatility. It may not work as well in the wind as other coats. If you have an off-leash or active dog who likes to go in the brush, you may need a more snug, secure fit.

WHY WE LOVE: Ultra-ultra portable. It fits in your pocket. The cutest “Rubber Ducky” print around that screams rainy weather. You always need a backup emergency solution without the added bulk.

Take me to the RC Packable Dog Rain Poncho* now.


USEFUL NECESSITIES

 

When it comes to a weekend backpacking trip, small items that might seem light add up considerably to weigh down your pack. We found some ultra-light necessities for the trail that can help lessen your load.

VSSL Units

There are several varieties of VSSL units, but the one that caught our eye was the VSSL Supplies Essential Camping Gear* version. The VSSL unit is a flashlight canister that holds smaller boxes of survival gear and gadgets.

The VSSL unit is compact at only 9 inches by 2 inches and only 1 lb and 4 ounces. The unit itself has a flashlight and compass. Items within include: fishing gear, quick start fire, wire hand saw, water purification tablets, mirror, trail markers, whistle, open cans, rope, first aid, razor blade, and candle.

Purchase the VSSL Supplies* can also customize your own VSSL Unit with other components. https://www.vsslgear.com/ The company does come out with other versions of the VSSL unit, including a glass lined flask.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s such a great combination of survival gear in a compact and easy to store canister.

Take me to the VSSL Supplies Essential Camping Gear* now.

Vargo Titanium Dig Dig Tool

 

The Vargo Tool* can be used as trowel and tent stake. It’s perfect for areas that have a leave not trace policy for you and your dog!

At a thin 8 inches long and mere 1.25 ounces you’ll barely even notice it in your bag.

This titanium trowel has serrated edges that can cut through hard dirt and roots as well as the strength to last through some heavy digging. This won’t bend under pressure. Rolled edges at the top make it comfortable to dig.

WHY WE LOVE: No need to bring doggy poop bags on the trail. Be more economical by getting an ultra-light trowel to hide away his and your business.

Take me to the Vargo Titanium Dig Dig Tool* now.

Packtowel Personal

The Packtowel Personal* is a light, durable, and body size. I’s made of microfiber and can absorb 4 times it’s weight in water. It dries 70% faster than cotton towel. The towel has polygeine odor control so stays fresh longer.

 

While we do like the large size of the Packtowel Personal, there is a PackTowel Nano*available but at a smaller size of 19″x19″. It’s the lightest camp towel at 0.9 ounces.

The PackTowel Nano can absorb up to 2 times it’s weight in water and dry 90% faster than cotton towel. There’s even an included carabiner clip and storage bag.

WHY WE LOVE: Sometimes it just helps to dip your towel in the stream and cool off your neck. These towel are so minimal and quick-drying so won’t weigh down your pack. We like both the Personal and Nano sizes and would consider getting both.

Take me to the Packtowel Personal* or Packtowel Nano* now.


DOG BOWLS

 

Rad Dog Collapsible Pocket Bowl

Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* is probably the smallest, foldable dog bowl we have seen on the market – it fits in the palm of your hand! The bowl is also waterproof and extremely lightweight at less than 1 ounce. The bowl can carry up to 16 ounces of water. We think backpackers, runners, and bikers would love this bowl for their dogs!

While super small, it doesn’t have the most stable base. It’s also pretty easy to lose and not visible for evening or night camping use. You may just have to hold it up for your dog to drink or eat.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s so minimal and best for those that want to carry as little as possible. Who wants to run or bike with a bulky bowl in their pocket or flapping against their bag?

Take me to the Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* now.

Tuff Mutt Canvas Dog Bowl

Tuff Mutt’s Canvas Dog Bowl* is another great pocket bowl. It’s folds into the size of a cell phone and can hold up to 48 ounces of water.

The bowl is ultra-durable and made out of canvas with a waterproof lining. It also dries and wipes up for easy cleaning. There’s a reflective trim for evening use of the bowl. A portable carrying case comes with the dog bowl for easy storage in your bag or your dog’s backpack.

Tuff Mutt covers this bowl with their lifetime warranty.

WHY WE LOVE: This is the perfect portable option for large dogs or multiple dogs. We also love it for camping.

Take me to the Tuff Mutt Canvas Dog Bowl* now.


 

PEN AND PAPER

 

Sometimes we just need pen and paper with us while we are outdoors. It’s a great way to jot down trail map details, daily journal, and other useful travel information. Use it to play a game of hangman or tic-tac-toe with your friend while you are taking a break!

Fisher 400B Space Pen

The Fisher Space Pen* is a ball point pen works at any angle, under water, under zero gravity, and in temperatures from -30F to 250F. You can even write with it upside down if you wish!

The design of the pen is one to marvel about. The casing is made of chrome and brass which make the pen very, very strong.

It’s also tiny to store into any little pocket, but not too tiny that it’s too hard to write with.

WHY WE LOVE: We can now lay in our hammocks, kick up our feet, and write something!! No more need to make circles on paper to get your pen to work.

Take me to the Fisher Space Pen* now.
Rite in the Rain Notebook

The Rite In the Rain* top-spiral 3″ x 5″ notebook does what it says – allows you to write in the rain! What a great item to take with you on a backpacking trip!

Pages repel water, sweat, grease, and mud. No more journal notes lost to the rain.

The notebook works with either a normal #2 pencil or the all-weather Fisher Space Pen*. The top-spiral won’t get smashed like other notebooks. It’s made of an impact-resistant Wire-O binding.

WHY WE LOVE: Never lose your travel notes again! It’s a small, portable notebook that’s perfect for your backpacking and hiking needs.

 

Take me to the Rite In the Rain Notebook* now.

 


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Top Hiking Boots For Dogs (2018) – Pawtivity Picks

We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.

Dog Boots provide the best protection for your dog’s paws. Not all boots are the same. Dog boot design varies based on terrain use, weather and health needs. 

We are still on the lookout for the perfect all-weather boot (we are picky), however, the boots and accessories listed below are some of our favorite all-weather options.

Products Covered: Dog Boot, Paw Wax, Paw Cleaner

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Need a rundown of what basic features to look for in a boot? Read: How To Choose The Right Boot For Your Dog Any Season.

 


HURTTA OUTBACK DOG BOOTS

 

Hurtta Outback Dog Boots* are made from a “Houndtex” fabric that is similar to the Gore-Tex waterproof membrane found on our own hiking boots. The fabric give the booth weatherproofing features that’s breathable.

While some say the fabric isn’t completely waterproof it is at leash highly water resistant.

We love the traction this boot provides for serious hiking and the slim, light nature of the boot design. The boot also stays snug on the foot with velcro fasteners.

Reflectors on the boot give added safety. A bonus for these boots is that they are easy to put on.

WHY WE LOVE: We love the slim design and how easy these are to put on your dog. The traction on the boot looks like it’s made for rough terrain.

Take me to the Hurtta Outback Dog Boots* now.


ULTRA PAWS DURABLE DOG BOOT

 

The Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boot* is a great all-season boot, and in fact the most popular, best-selling boot offered by Ultra Paws.

The boot provides great traction and protection in both hot and cold weather. Velcro straps and and additional foam padding provide a snug, no-slip fit that is comfortable.

While we would prefer waterproof fabric, this boot does come with a very thick water resistant fabric. Just don’t let your dog wade through any streams in or deep, wet snow in the winter!

This isn’t the best option for a mountaineering dog, but for most people it’s a boot that does what it’s made for.

WHY WE LOVE: This is a great boot for everyday hiking. 

Take me to the Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boot* now.


RUFFWEAR GRIP TREX

 

The Ruffwear – Grip Trex, All-Terrain Paw Wear for Dogs* is a stylish all-season dog boot is a great option for everyday activity.

Traction on these boots is superb, but maybe not so much as on the Hurtta Outback. Still, they are a solid shoe for running and hiking in wet or rough terrain.

The upper fabric is breathable, but still very thick and durable. The boot is also well made, so it holds up to serious weather use.

This shoe may not be the best if your dog has dew claws.

Add Ruffwear Bark’n Boot Liners* to the boot for some extra comfort and secure fit.

WHY WE LOVE: Another boot with great traction, we actually love the design of these shoes. They are made for dogs with personality!

Take me to the Ruffwear – Grip Trex, All-Terrain Paw Wear for Dogs* now.


MUSHER’S SECRET

 

Even if your dog has boots, it’s still good to get your dog some paw wax, such as Musher’s Secret* that can be used on a daily basis to condition your dog’s feet in the summer and winter if your dogs paw pads are dry or chapped. Don’t worry, Musher’s Secret is ok for dogs to lick!

WHY WE LOVE: A lot of dogs just can’t do the boot thing. So we love this alternative. The wax can be used year-round and it’s so easy to apply. 
Take me to Musher’s Secret* now.

 


DEXAS PETWARE MUDBUSTER PORTABLE DOG PAW CLEANER

 

 

Dexas Petware Mudbuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner* is a great paw cleaner that you can leave in the car to clean your dog’s paws after a hike.

Just fill with water and insert your dog’s paw in the cup. Follow up by drying the paw. No more chemicals and nasty debris to dirty up your car!

There are other cleaners that are leak proof but we don’t think that this is entirely necessary and it’s a more expensive option.

WHY WE LOVE: This is a great accessory to clean up the muddiest of paws after a fun adventure hike. Better than soiled car seats my friend! 

Take me to Dexas Petware Mudbuster Portable Dog Paw Cleaner* now.

 

Going out into wet weather? Look also at our list additional first aid items to prevent and treat blisters, read: Tips for Hiking In The Rain: Staying Dry to Paw / Foot Care.

 

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Tips For Hiking In The Rain: Staying Dry to Paw / Foot Care

Hiking in the rain can be glorious. It’s nature’s way of cleansing itself and bring new life and beauty to the world. Just the sound of the rain in a quiet forest can bring on a sense of tranquility. Don’t miss out on a great hiking trip just because of a little rain.

Hiking in the rain, however, can turn for the worse if you are unprepared. We give you some basic tips and recommendations for the best rain gear for you and your dog in the event of a downpour.

We also give you a list of items that you can put together to create your own paw / foot care kit to treat blisters, one of the most common injuries caused by walking in wet weather and conditions.
 

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BEFORE YOU GO

 

The most important thing to do if it starts raining is to stay dry. If you and your dog are wet, you are more at risk to develop hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia is a condition where your body temperature becomes dangerously low. You are at risk if your body temperature dips below 95 F degrees. Symptoms of hypothermia include; shivering, slow breathing, lethargy, confusion, and worse loss of consciousness.

Check the weather report before you go hiking. If thunderstorms are expected, it’s best to stay home. In extremely wet weather, it may be necessary to also check for road closures where you are going and plan accordingly to where you would park your car and what hiking trail you choose to take. You may also want to opt for a shorter hike on a rainy day and avoid crossing streams.


 

PACK A PORTABLE PONCHO OR SURVIVAL BLANKET

 

At the very least, you should always pack a portable poncho or waterproof emergency survival blanket in your first aid kit. These are extremely lightweight and low-cost items that can be used as a temporary blanket to keep you warm or as a shelter if you need to wait out a short, unexpected rainfall and you don’t have the right coat with you.

Many all-in-one first aid kits* already come with these items, so you don’t have to buy them separately and you get everything else you need for an emergency.


BRING A WATERPROOF OUTER LAYER OR RAINCOAT

 

To keep warm in wet weather, think about wearing a base layer, middle layer, and outer layer. An outer layer is important in keeping rain and wetness out. Side venting on your coat helps to keep you dry from your own sweat created by heating up too much inside your coat.

Your dog will benefit from a waterproof coat to keep him warm. We like a coat that covers the belly and that has easy access to your dog’s collar or harness. For just a waterproof shell, we love the Hurtta Torrent Coat*.  It provides great coverage for your dog, allows for mobility, and is easy to put on fast.


PACK AN ADDITIONAL FLEECE JACKET

 

You can always wear a fleece jacket on its own or as an insulating layer underneath your windbreaker. For a lighter non-winter use fleece, we recommend the Arc’teryx Fortrez Hoody For Men* or For Women*. At only 13.6 ounces it’s a great lightweight jacket to stuff in your bag when not in use. It also features a snug scubahood allowing you to put on a helmet or another hood over. There’s an integrated balaclava that can be hidden into the jacket for extra warmth. The surface of the Arc’teryx jacket has abrasion resistant properties that also sheds moisture so your jacket doesn’t look old and balled up while keeping your warm. Pockets can be opened for air as they have a mesh lining. This is a great jacket for active types.

For your dog, consider getting the Ruffwear Fernie Sweater* as a great technical fleece insulating layer under a separate waterproof shell. The sweater is lightweight and snug on your dog. A quick drying, breathable version is the Ruffwear Climate Changer* that may be more suitable for spring and fall weather. You can of course consider a coat with an insulating layer built in, but we like the versatility of having a separate insulating layer from the outer coat.


KEEP YOUR BACKPACK ITEMS DRY WITH A RAINCOVER OR DRYSACK

 

Many hiking backpacks used by backpackers come with a raincover. If you have a regular backpack, you can purchase an inexpensive raincover that can slip over your backpack. Raincovers are sized usually to fit a certain size backpack based on capacity as measured in liters. If you have a large backpack (that’s stuffed well) consider the Joy Walker Raincover*. Otherwise, the Ayamaya Raincover* does a great job on smaller or less stuffed bags simply because it has an elastic strap with clip for a more secure fit around your bag.

For extra protection, consider a drysack* for electronic gear and other items that may be damaged or perishable if wet. A cheap alternative to a drysack is a ziplock bag, but this may not keep items dry if submerged under water. Drysacks are relatively inexpensive and last a long time. They do a good job keeping items dry in the rain. Drysacks are great to be used as a packing cube. Just stuff your lose items and clothing inside so everything in your bag is packed well, easy to access, and always dry. If you are doing water sports, you may have to consider a drysack bag* that is more durable, but much heavier to carry.


BRING EXTRA WOOL SOCKS JUST IN CASE

 

If you find yourself with wet socks and feet, change into dry, thin wool socks. Walking in wet socks may lead to blistering and a painful hiking experience. The best socks are wool because they let your foot breath, regulate your temperature well, don’t smell as bad if you have sweaty feet, can block out water, and are fast drying. Also great are polyester socks. Avoid cotton or socks that are too thick as they absorb water and are hard to dry. Don’t forget to dry out your wet socks! A great quick-drying sock is the Smartwool Outdoor Light Socks*.

If you do walk in wet socks, it would be beneficial for you to have a quick drying boot that won’t trap in wetness and allow socks to dry more. It’s still a good idea to just switch socks altogether and let your wet ones dry by attaching them to your bag. If your shoes are not too breathable, consider adding a breathable waterproof sock like the Rocky Goretex Waterproof Socks* on top of your dry ones.

If you are hiking in really wet weather, consider getting some gaiters that can help prevent rain from seeping into your shoes. Although not waterproof, you could consider getting a pair of Dirty Girl Gaiters for non-winter hiking and running. They help keep debris out of your shoes that can make walking painful. Gaiters are probably best for winter or if you are doing some backcountry trails or are going through wet grass and brush. Hiking in the winter may require you to get warmer socks and longer, waterproof gaiters* depending on what conditions you hike in.


HAVE BACKUP WARMTH

 

If you do ever find yourself in a situation where you have to stop and rest or seek a warm shelter, it’s always good to have a waterproof fire starter* with you.

Emergency Tinder* also comes in handy to get a fire started. If you are planning to go camping in the rain, read our article How To Camp In The Rain With Your Dog for more tips including how to start a fire in the rain.


PACK THE RIGHT PAW / FOOT CARE KIT

 

If you do get wet feet, you will want to stop and dry them off. Here is a list of items that you may want to consider bringing with you on a longer hiking trip or to use when you get home.

  • Sports Tape (Leukotape P*) – Effective in preventing blisters while hiking with a strong non-stretcy hold, even when your foot is wet. It’s also very versatile and can be torn.
  • Blister Prevention Cream / Balm – These can help prevent blisters on your feet by reducing friction and rubbing which causes blisters. You can also apply to a flat bandage. Hike Goo* is a great cream to use. You could also use Vaseline, Bonnie’s Balm or Bag Balm. Depending on what cream you use, you may want to consider a sock liner if the product you use soils your sock or is greasy.
  • Musher’s Secret* – This breathable paw wax is for your dog and helps condition and protect your dog’s paws from hot pavement, rough terrain, salt and chemicals, ice, sand, and snow balling between your dog’s paws.
  • Needle – Use to drain large unbroken blisters that are painful. (Don’t remove skin.)
  • Alcohol Wipes – To clean needles and blisters and prevent infection.
  • Antibiotic Ointment – Apply for faster healing. Don’t forget to bring one for your dog too.
  • Non-Stick Gauze Pad – Helps soak up any liquid from open or popped blisters.
  • Moleskin – This can be cut to fit around any existing blister and on top of the blister to provide added protection. You can also stick moleskin to sports tape to treat a blister with skin still intact. This acts basically as a custom bandaid that stays in place.
  • Self-Adhering Bandage Wrap – This will help keep your gauze in place and is flexible. They can also be used on your dog without sticking to their fur.
  • Hydrocolliodal Blister Plasters or Bandages – These second skin bandaids are great for open blister wounds, are waterproof, and can be left on for days and designed to do so. There are many version on the market but we think Band-Aid’s Hydro-Seal* are easy to use and carry.
  • Pawz Rubber Boots* – While your dog doesn’t have to use these for hiking, they do prove useful if your dog has a paw injury. Just treat the paw underneath and throw on the rubber boots to keep the bandage dry.
  • Sandals – Wear sandals or flip flops to let your blister dry out if you can and reduce pressure on the wound.

 

For more on cold weather paw protection read our article: Winter Paw Care and Treatment For The Outdoor Dog.


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Best Travel Water Bowls and Bottles For Dogs (2018) – Pawtivity Picks

We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.

This week we are covering portable travel water bowls for outdoor use. We are always on the hunt for something light and compact that’s easy to carry while we are out on an adventure with our dogs. Bowls must be durable, spill-proof, fast drying, easy to clean, and leak-proof for frequent use.

There are a few different types of portable water bowls and bottles. We break down these different types into the following categories: collapsible water bowls, pocket water bowls, no spill water bowls, and water bottles / pouches.

Products Covered: Collapsible Water Bowl, Foldable Water Bowl, Pocket Water Bowl, No Spill Water Bowl, Water Bottles, Water Pouch

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COLLAPSIBLE WATER BOWLS

 

Collapsible water bowls are the most popular form of travel bowls because they are so easy to use and dry. You also don’t have to carry around a separate water bottle just for your dog, but you will need to carry around a larger supply of water. Here are some of our favorite collapsible water bowls.

Ruffwear Bivy Bowl

Ruffwear is a reputable manufacturer of quality, long-lasting and durable dog products. The Bivy Bowl* really lives up to the company’s reputation.

At just 2.96 ounces, you really can’t ask for another bowl to take with you when you are out on the go. The collapsible nature of the bowl makes it ultra-portable. Even more impressve is the fact the this bowl can hold 1.8 liters or about 60 ounces of water.

There’s a clip on the bowl to attach it to your bag to dry and store. The bottom of the bowl has no-slip rubber. An often overlooked feature is the reflective trim giving you an easier time to find your dog’s bowl in the dark.

One downside to the bowl is the high price. You also can’t pop the bowl into the dishwasher or washer to sanitize it. Ruffwear recommends that you hand wash the bowl instead.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s just one bowl for all your outdoor needs. Do you really want to carry around a clunky heavy bowl or have multiple bowls around? Durable, ultra-portable, and works for multiple dogs. One bowl to rule them all.

Take me to the Ruffwear Bivy Bowl* now.

Kurgo Collaps A Bowl

The Kurgo Collaps A Bowl* is made out of food-grade BPA free silicone. There’s a clip on the bowl that you can use to clip on to your bag. You can also fold and roll the bowl up easily to put into your dog’s backpack. Cleaning is easy with this bowl as you can sanitize the bowl in the dishwasher.

There’s a lot of silicone bowls on the market, but we love the design of this bowl the best and how much you can fill in the bowl. The bowl can carry 24 ounces of water, more than many other silicone bowls. Lips at the side of the bowl also make it easier to carry without getting your fingers wet or dirty.

Kurgo backs up their products with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects so you get the reassurance that you are getting a quality, well-made product to last.

WHY WE LOVE: Lightweight and collapsible. There’s no need to air-dry this bowl. It’s so easy to wash and dry. It’s best for frequent use out on the trail.

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Outward Hound Port A Bowl

The Outward Hound Port A Bowl* is a low cost, basic collapsible dog bowl that folds flat onto itself. It also dries fast.

The bowl comes in two sizes. The small can hold up to 24 ounces while the large can hold up to 48 ounces. There is an integrated elastic loop on the bowl, but you’ll have to add your own clip if you want to attach it to something.

Many users have mentioned that the bowl is not very leakproof and gets damp quickly. This isn’t usually a problem for those that use the bowl just for a quick water break.

WHY WE LOVE: For the price, it’s still a great portable option that can be stuffed into your dog’ backpack or your own.

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POCKET WATER BOWLS

 

Pocket water bowls are great for those that want to carry as little as possible. They are ultra- portable and perfect for those that can’t carry around a heavy load with them. These are bowls designed for backpackers, runners, bikers, and those who are constantly on the move. Here are a few great pocket bowl finds.

Rad Dog Collaspible Pocket Bowl

Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* is probably the smallest, foldable dog bowl we have seen on the market – it fits in the palm of your hand! The bowl is also waterproof and extremely lightweight at less than 1 ounce. The bowl can carry up to 16 ounces of water. We think backpackers, runners, and bikers would love this bowl for their dogs!

While super small, it doesn’t have the most stable base. It’s also pretty easy to lose and not visible for evening or night camping use. You may just have to hold it up for your dog to drink or eat.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s so minimal and best for those that want to carry as little as possible. Who wants to run or bike with a bulky bowl in their pocket or flapping against their bag?

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Tuff Mutt Canvas Dog Bowl

Tuff Mutt’s Canvas Dog Bowl* is another great pocket bowl. It’s folds into the size of a cell phone and can hold up to 48 ounces of water.

The bowl is ultra-durable and made out of canvas with a waterproof lining. It also dries and wipes up for easy cleaning. There’s a reflective trim for evening use of the bowl. A portable carrying case comes with the dog bowl for easy storage in your bag or your dog’s backpack.

Tuff Mutt covers this bowl with their lifetime warranty.

WHY WE LOVE: This is the perfect portable option for large dogs or multiple dogs. We also love it for camping.

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NO SPILL WATER BOWLS

 

No spill water bowls are great for dogs that get water all over the place, for dog sports, use in the car, and for camping. How many times have you put a water bowl down only to get knocked over by your dog or your dog’s leash every time he walks past? Here are a few no spill water bowls that we love.

Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl

Although this isn’t a completely spill proof water bowl, the Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl* does have a water bowl and food bowl that is connected together so it’s harder for your dog to tip over. It’s also very portable, folding and zipping up into the size of a cd case.

This bowl holds about 37 ounces of water and 47 ounces of food, so it’s a great choice for a long hiking trip or for camping use. The fabric is made of reflective 3M for high visibility.

The only downside is that this bowl is harder to wash after use. It’s also not meant to hold standing water for perhaps more than a few hours, so it may not be the best to use on a long road trip.

A nice feature that we would like to see on the bowl is a cinch top that can be used to hold food as well as expandable sides that can still zip up to a larger size.

WHY WE LOVE: We would still take this with us camping in a heartbeat. It’s perfect for mealtime and is great to stuff into your backpack without it snagging or getting caught on anything else.

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Heininger Waterboy

The Heininger WaterBoy* isn’t compact by any means, but it’s still a great bowl to use in a moving car, boat or on a camping trip.

The bowl carries up to 3 quarts (96 ounces) of water and is BPA Free.

The bowl lays flat, but fresh water flows into the bowl when your dog drinks.

Some users have claimed that the product is not spill-proof when tipped completely over. Others have had problems getting water to flow into the bowl if not filled up at least halfway and so recommend the product for smaller dogs.

WHY WE LOVE: We would love to take this camping with us just to avoid having repeated spilled water from using an open water bowl. It’s also great for long road trips.

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ZoeZ Dog Water Bowl

The ZoeZ Dog Water Bowl* is a spill proof bowl that also keeps water clean and debris-free.

The dog bowl features a cover with a hole in the center that when pressed, reveals water for your dog to drink. The bowl can hold 33.8 ounce of water and can be taken apart for easy washing in the dishwasher.

It may require some human intervention to bring in some water into the dog bowl as you have to press the cover to reveal water.

You may have to train your dog to use the bowl properly. The bowl can actually limit how much your dog drinks at a time, so it may not be suitable for very large dogs.

WHY WE LOVE: This is a great bowl if you have a dog that slurps a lot of water at a time and spills water everywhere. We also like that it can help keep water clean when used outside.

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WATER BOTTLES / POUCHES

 

If you are running or biking with your dog, you may want to bring as little as possible. It may make more sense for you to get a water bottle that can be used for both you and your dog, instead of two separate bottles.

Water pouches are the best if you want something slim to put in your own backpack or your dog’s backpack. They also make great secondary water sources that you can use to fill your main water bottle, then fold up for compact storage.

Platypus Platy 2.0L Bottle

The Platypus Platy 2 Liter Bottle* is a lightweight and flexible water bottle that can carry 2 liters or 70 ounces of water. It can fit in most dog backpacks.

The bottle weighs only 1.3 ounces and is BPA-free, BPS-free, and phthalate-free. Food-grade polyethylene liners prevents water from tasting like plastic.

The bottle can be rolled up when empty and can stand up when filled.

Keep in mind that this bottle does not come with insulation, so water may freeze in very cold weather. Some have minimized freezing by pouring boiled water into the bottle. The bottle is also not as durable as regular water bottles and won’t last nearly as long.

WHY WE LOVE: This is a great option for a dog backpack simply because it helps keep bulk to a minimum and make things lighter for your dog to carry. We like that we won’t get plastic tasting water.

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Baiji Bottle

If you want a bottle that’s a bit more durable, consider the Baiji Bottle* which holds 20 ounces of water.

This bottle is made of food grade silicone, BPA-free, and completely rollable or foldable when empty.

A clip on the bottle is useful for attaching to your bag.

We wish this bottle could carry more water, but it’s slim enough to carry two in our bags without a problem.

Each order on Amazon comes with 2 bottles.

WHY WE LOVE: No more plastic bottles or heavy bottles. If you like the feel of a bottle, but want something light and collapsible this is a great option for any travel use.

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H2O4K9 Dog Water Bottle

Want to get a bottle just for your dog and avoid carrying around an extra bowl? Consider the H2O49 Dog Water Bottle* made of food grade stainless steel and BPA-free plastic lid.

The main feature on this bottle is its twist top lid which can be used as a dog bowl for a quick drink. The bottle holds 25 ounces of water and is completely leak-proof.

A clip loop is included, but you’ll have to attach your own clip to it. The bottle is dishwasher safe.

Even though this bottle is steel, it’s not insulated so it won’t keep water cold.

WHY WE LOVE: Well, the dogs just love lapping water from the lid and many prefer it to bowls that are placed on the ground. Dog approved – how can we argue with that? It’s also very pretty!

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How To Camp With Your Dog In The Rain

Love camping in the rain? We don’t know many that do! But, it’s hard to avoid an occasional rainfall if you are out camping, especially during the springtime.

Don’t let a little rain keep you away from your camping trip. We give you some tips on how to camp in the rain with your dog. If lightning and severe flash floods or thunderstorms are in the forecast, it may be best to stay home and go camping another day.

Dogs probably won’t mind a little rain, but you’ll want to at least seek shelter for him so that he doesn’t get wet, cold, and worse, develop hypothermia.


WHERE TO CAMP

 

Many campgrounds have designated areas where you may camp, away from flood zones. Always set up camp at higher ground or outside a flood zone area. When in doubt, ask the park ranger for information on where to camp or go to an established campground.

You will also want to camp away from tall trees in case there is lightning during a thunderstorm.


WHAT YOU NEED FOR RAIN

 

For Your Tent:

Waterproof Ground Cover – There’s water in the ground, so without a waterproof ground cover you will feel the damp coldness of the ground as you sleep. Add rain and you are in for a sleeples night. Waterproof ground covers or waterproof tarps are a low cost investment that will keep you and your dog dry. Lay it under your tent.

Rain Cover – Rain covers usually come with any tent you purchase and easy to put on.

Tent Stakes – Use extra tent stakes or stronger tent stakes to keep your tent and rain cover in place.

Mattress Pad / Air Mattress – A pad or mattress will give you comfortable protection from the cold ground. It will also give you more restful sleep with all the pitter patter of the rain on your tent and howling of wind.

Bivy Bag – Use a lightweight bivy bag to get additional protection from the rain and cold. A bivy bag acts like a cocoon that goes around you and your sleeping bag. Bivy bags are a favorite among backpackers and may be used in place of a tent. If you need more rain protection, you could always put up an weatherproof emergency tarp or poncho tarp to shield yourself more from the rain. Always consider your overall added weight if you are backpacking and choose the best option for you.
For Camp:

Tarp & Rope or Paracord – It’s always nice to eat in a dry area. If you have a large group of campers, you really don’t want everyone to huddle up in their own tent to eat. Put up some rope and tarp above your picnic table so you can eat together.

Flashlights and LED lights – Don’t step into a big puddle of water and mud at night. Bring your flashlight so you can see where you are going!

Comfort Food & Foil – Make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, hot toddy (alcoholic drink), tea, beer, or coffee and warm yourself next to the campfire. Comfort food always makes you feel better! Use foil to wrap items in so they stay dry. You can also use a portable camping stove and cook under cover.

Waterproof Lighter / Waterproof Tinder – If you want to have a small campfire use a waterproof lighter and tinder to get your fire started. Make your fire in an area shielded from wind. You’ll need to get a small fire started first with dry kindling before putting on a larger piece of wood. You can also find large pieces of dead, dry wood under trees. Make sure you peel of the outer wet bark to get to the dry wood so you can at least get the wood burning.
For Personal Use:

Battery Pack – Although we all love mother nature, sometimes it’s nice to just relax in your tent and watch a movie all snuggled up next to your pup and loved one. Bring a battery pack to get more use out of your phone or tablet!

Dry Sack – Dry sacks or wet bags should be a staple for any outdoor adventurer. They will help keep your valuables and electronic devices dry.

Backpack Rain Cover – Some hiking backpacks already have a built-in rain cover, but if you don’t have one bring one. They are super lightweight and slip over your backpack to keep everything dry

Clothing Layers – It’s always a good idea to wear a base layer and pack in some extra layers of clothing. Three layers of clothing will do better than one bulky sweater. If you get hot, just peel off a layer. Wool and synthetic fabrics do the best to keep you warm and dry. Your top layer should be a waterproof coat or raincoat.

Rain Gear – Invest in an all-weather, lightweight raincoat that is waterproof for you and your dog. This coat gives you the most versatility for any weather condition you may encounter. For your legs you can use rain pants or gaiters. Don’t forget to bring extra wool socks or waterproof socks!

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How To Take Your Dog Camping – The Right Way!

Dogs love being outdoors and being with you! So, find a dog friendly campsite and get out with your dog! We give you the essential tips for camping with your dog the right (fun) way!

Most dog-friendly campgrounds that allow dogs require them to be on leash at all times. The campsite is for relaxing, socializing, and bonding.

Still, dogs need to explore, see and smell things. Make sure you plan some great outdoor activities to make your camping trip with your dog even more exciting. We give you some activity suggestions below so keep reading!


BEFORE YOU GO CAMPING

 

Vet Approval For Camping – Get a checkup to make sure your dog is ok to go camping with you. Ask your vet for appropriate conditions for your dog and special medication your dog may need. Make sure your vaccinations and dog licenses are up-to-date.

Basic Training – Any outdoor dog needs to know these basic commands and skills: stay, leave it, come/touch (recall), sit, and to follow your pace. Training and obedience make it so much easier to communicate with your dog and to get him to do what you need him to do.

Car Travel – Most, if not all, campers drive to their destination. Make sure your dog can travel for long distances. It may take many short, local trips in a car before your dog can take a longer road trip. Dogs need to be harnessed or in a crate while they are in a moving car. Bring something for your dog to chew or play with and a mat or seat cover for your dog to lie on. If your dog throws up by chance, it’ll be easier to clean up! Always keep plastic bags, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer for clean-up jobs and waste.


CHOOSE THE RIGHT DOG-FRIENDLY CAMPSITE

 

 

There are so many dog-friendly campsites to choose from that offer different activities, scenery, and experiences. If you are new to camping, we suggest reserving a campground at recreation.gov, reserveamerica.com or a similar site. Many established campgrounds have bathrooms and running water to make your experience more comfortable. Among the choices for campgrounds are beach camping, desert camping, wilderness camping, backcountry camping, car camping, RV camping, cabin camping, backcountry camping, and even glamping with pets. Although many national parks and national monuments do not allow dogs on trails, they often will allow them in campgrounds.

Always keep in mind your dog’s temperament when you choose a campsite. If your dog is a barker or is aggressive to other dogs, get a remote location miles away from other campers or go car / RV camping because no one wants to be woken up in the middle of the night. If your dog wants to chase after every squirrel or wildlife animal, choose a location that won’t have a lot of wildlife or go RV camping where your dog won’t be able to charge after anything moving.

Another consideration when choosing a campsite is what wildlife is in the area. Dogs can actually attract wildlife, and even bears. That’s why some areas don’t allow dogs at all. The desert has many unfamiliar animals and insects so if your dog has poor recall and obedience off-leash, you may want to keep them on leash and their nose out of dark corners.

Backcountry camping involves setting up camp often without running water or bathrooms. You are often far from immediate help and civilization. It’s important to have enough survival skills and knowledge in case you come up against bad weather, sickness, injury, or unforeseen circumstances.

Pawtivity can help you choose the right dog friendly campground for you and your dog. We will give you everything you need to know or point you in the right direction to make your trip with your dog easy and fun. Use the search banner on our homepage to find a camping location close to where you live.


CAMPING GEAR TO BRING – PRINTABLE CHECKLIST

 

Checklist are always easy. We have a basic checklist that you can use to go on a weekend camping trip with Your dog. The list is made specifically for standard wilderness camping. Special gear and other equipment may be needed if you go backcountry camping, beach camping, desert camping, or car/RV camping.

Download Our Dog Camping Checklist

 


DOG APPROVED OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

 

Don’t just plan a camping trip to sit by the campfire all day and then sleep in your tent at night! Plan some fun activities to do outside of the campsite. Your activities will be limited by what is offered or available in the location you choose. Below are a few activities that you can consider.

Hiking / Backpacking – This is always a favorite for dogs. Go on a short day hike with your dog or plan a long weekend backpacking trip hiking from campsite to campsite with your dog. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy nature up close away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you want to use a backpack on your dog, wait until they are a year old and work up to the amount of weight you want them to carry. Dogs can carry about 25% of their weight.

Geocaching / Scavenger Hunt – Another fun activity that involves going on the trails is geocaching. It might be a fun way for your dog to sniff out any hidden treasures. If you are with kids and dog, you might want to do a nature scavenger hunt.

Biking / Trail Running – Get in a morning workout by biking or trail running with your dog. Many parks offer trails suited to mountain biking, road biking, or running. When in doubt, ask your ranger to see what trails are allowed for specific bikes.

Water Sports / Water Fun / Beach – Most dogs love playing in water, so it’s a great idea to find a campsite near a lake or river. You can go rafting, kayaking, snorkeling, tubing, swimming, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, or even visit a tidepool. Many campgrounds offer equipment rentals or you can often find a local outfitter that offers water sport tours and rentals. Some campgrounds offer dog friendly beach access where you can spend the day with your dog or go camping right on the beach. Pay attention to signs that mention water safety. To be safe, bring your own drinkable water for you and your dog.

Boating / Fishing – Several campgrounds offer fishing options, but you most likely will need a license. Boat and canoe rentals are often available nearby. Remember that not all dogs will immediately like being on a boat. Don’t get out in the water only to find out your dog just wants to go ashore. Don’t forget to put a life vest or lifejacket on your dog!

Other Activities – Find a nearby field and play a game of ultimate frisbee followed by a few tosses to your dog. You can also play a soccer or flag football game with your fellow campers.


DOG APPROVED CAMPSITE ACTIVITIES

 

Snuggling In A Hammock – Your dog loves to snooze during the daytime. We do too! Find a location between two trees to put up a hammock where you and your dog can snuggle or watch the stars together.

Campsite S’mores – Let’s face it. Man likes fire. We like roasting marshmallows on sticks and sitting around the campfire. Make your dog a s’more (without the chocolate) of melted marshmallow sandwiched between two layers of graham crackers. They’ll lick their lips for more.

Campfire Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – If you don’t own a cast iron pie iron, get one! They are wonderful for roasting grilled cheese sandwiches in the campfire. Add some bacon or ham. Don’t forget to share with your dog!

Play Musical Instruments – Camping is really all about socializing and having fun with the people around you. Bring your guitar and other instruments and play some tunes! Your dog will just enjoy being with everyone and may even start signing his own tune.

Tug of War – Dogs love to play tug, so why not get all your campers involved and play a giant game of tug! Give an incentive for winning the game; losers have to wash dishes after dinner.


TIPS FOR CAMPING WITH YOUR DOG

 

Leash Your Dog – Most campsites will require your dog to be on leash at all times. A few campsites even restrict leashes to be tied around trees so you may have to tie your dog on a picnic bench or stake in the ground. Bring lots of chew toys and treats to keep your dog occupied when you are busy.

Stay Organized So You Can Spend More Time Having Fun – While camping can be a lot of fun, you do have to spend some time packing food up and putting them in a bear box or in your car. Don’t put anything in your tent – wildlife will sniff it out and may even try to enter your tent to see what you have. It’s a good idea to keep your camping gear and food organized so setup and cleanup is a breeze. Look at our camping checklist for tips on how to organize your camping items.

Bring Your Own Water – Even if the campsite you go to has drinkable water we always recommend bringing your own drinkable and portable water with enough for you and your dog. Not all water sources are clean. A good rule of thumb is to bring 32 ounces for every 2 hours of moderate exercise for yourself. Your dog will need about an ounce of water per pound of weight. Water needs will vary based on individual, activity level, and environmental factors.

Check Your Dogs For Ticks – Your dog will likely roam the brush around your campsite and attract ticks. It’s a good idea to bring a tick remover with you and check for ticks periodically. Don’t forget to give a good rubdown and check between the toes and in the ears before bed!

Set Up Your Tent On A Flat, Clear Surface – Before you set up that tent, pick a site that’s free from twigs and rocks or you may be waking up with a sore back! Choose a flat location or sleep with your head at the uphill. You should also set your tent away from wind and campfire smoke. Generally, you should layout your campsite so you are 200 feet away from a water source or from trails. Your tent, food storage, cooking and bathroom should also be about 100-200 feet away from each other. The park may have additional guidelines on how far away to set up camp based on historical flood patterns from known rivers, streams and lakes.

Use a Ground Cover Under Your Sleeping Bag – It’s preferable to use a waterproof ground cover, otherwise you will get cold and damp as you sleep. Don’t forget to provide ground cover for your dog too!

Control Your Dog At All Times – Keep in mind that dogs may actually attract bears. This is usually if a bear becomes curious about the dog or if the dog annoys them in some way. If you see a bear, keep your dog close to you and farthest away from the bear. Calmly and slowly back away. Prevent your dog from giving chase or challenging another animal without very good reason. Dogs that chase bears may be chased back to the campsite where the bear may attack you instead. Stay clear of raccoons that scavenge the campsite at night – they can be surprisingly viscous. Occupy your dog with treats, toys and your attention!

Follow Area Rules on Fires – Some areas have strict rules on campfires so make sure you understand what is required and where you can set up a campfire. Conditions may vary based on time of year.

Pack up your Food – Bears and wildlife will be attracted to any food that you have. Either pack all your food in your car, put them in a bear box or hang up your food in a bear bag 15 feet high. There’s a method to handing your food properly which we don’t cover here.


Camp & Trail Etiquette

 

Clean Up After Your Dog – Many areas follow a “Leave No Trace” policy, meaning you have to pick up or bury your dog’s poop. If you bury your dog’s poop, make sure you do so at least 200 feet away from a water source.

Off Leash or Leash – Even though your dog may be “good” not all dogs are. You need to respect the boundaries of other dogs and people as you pass them. Some people are afraid of dogs, even friendly ones. You never know how someone will react to a dog. Your “good” dog may get caught off guard and react poorly to confrontations or become more guarded seeing someone approach you who is not calm. Have great recall and training skills for your dog. Ultimately you are responsible for your dog, but regulations are posted for the welfare of everyone.
We hope that gives you enough information to go on that first weekend camping trip with your dog! Camping with your dog can be a lot of fun with the right preparation and information.

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