Best Biking Accessories 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.

Getting started biking with your dog? It’s a great way to give your dog some real exercise! Summer is the perfect time to go out road biking or mountain biking with your dog. This week we cover biking accessories for dogs. We give you the best all-around bike accessories for dogs so you can get started off on the right paw.

If you are new to biking, be sure to read our article for tips on how to get started biking with your dog.

Start on smaller distances if biking with your dog and gradually move to longer distances over time. Your dog needs time to build up his paw pads so they don’t get worn out. They also need to develop the endurance and stamina to keep up with you on a longer ride.
 

If you are just getting started biking with your dog, here are a few other articles you should read:

  • How To Bike With Your Dog Read Now
  • How To Train Your Dog To Run With You Read Now
  • Top 10 Bike Trails That Allow Dogs (with links to trip planning guides and listings) Read Now

Products Covered: Bike Attachment, Bike Leash, Dog Bike Trailer, Dog Cooling Vest, Dog Cooling Harness, Dog Harness, Water Storage Bag, Water Bladder, Water Filter, Dog Bowl

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BIKE ATTACHMENTS & LEASHES

 

We recommend that you keep a controlled distance between your dog and your bike so that your dog does not run into your bike as you ride. This is usually accomplished with a proper bike attachment with a solid arm that is then then tied to a short, flexible leash attached to your dog.

Never hand carry a flexible leash of any kind as the leash can get wound up in your bike or it can cause you to lose control of your bike risking injury to both you and your dog.

Most bike attachments connect to your bike near your seat or towards the rear wheel. A great feature to look for is the ability for left and right side attachment to your bike. You also want some sort of shock absorber so you feel less of an impact every time your dog pulls.

Keep in mind that you may need to go on a wider trail with a bike attachment to maintain a safe distance and to provide a comfortable experience for you and your dog. If you have a small dog, we highly recommend using a padded harness instead of a collar with the bike attachment.
 

Bike Tow Leash Bicycle Attachment

The Bike Tow Leash Bicycle Attachment* is consistently rated as one of the best bike attachments for dogs. Most consumers love how durable this bike attachment is. It’s also highly effective in preventing the bike from tipping if your dog pulls away.

The Bike Tow Leash features a hard, bent arm that can be mounted to the rear wheel from the left or right side without any special tools. There’s a flexible joint between the arm and bike that gives your dog greater mobility when running.

The bike attachment can be used with any bike, mobility scooter, trike, or wheelchair. You can also use the bike attachment using a dog coupler* to run with two dogs.

 

The Bike Tow Leash is the only bike attachment to get a coveted 5 star rating by the American Pet Association. The APA stated that the bike tow leash was the “safest bike leash” they had ever seen. The 5 Star rating is awarded on products that are high quality, humane and safe to pets and people. Businesses that receive this rating practice good business ethics and continually seek ongoing feedback about their product.

One drawback of this bike attachments is the high price. The MSRP is $146, which is 2-3 times the price of many other bike attachments. However, users praise the durability of the Bike Tow Leash and long lasting use. Additionally, the extra safety the Bike Tow Leash affords will pay for itself over and over as the price difference is less than one vet or ER visit. If you are an avid bike rider, you are getting your money’s worth by investing in this bike attachment.

Dog owners rave about the product. Our favorite review is from Scott in Texas who commented that their dog bolted after a deer 10 yards away and he was still able to maintain perfect control of his bike. That’s saying something. We are happy no harm came to human, dog, and deer!

WHY WE LOVE: This bike attachment is so easy to use. We love how much movement (and “freedom”) your dog has to run with your bike while remaining in a safe, controlled distance from the bike.

Take me to the Bike Tow Leash Bicycle Attachment* now.
 

Walky Dog Bike Leash

The Walky Dog Bike Leash* has a straight arm that attaches to your bike just below your seat. There’s a strong paracord leash inside and springs that provide a great shock absorbing system. You can remove springs to adjust how much shock absorption you need based on how strong your dog pulls.

The Walky Dog can be used on either the left and right side of the bike without using any special tools. This bike attachment is very durable. The leash can handle pulls up to 550 pounds! There’s a really nice quick release feature to detach the bike attachment from your bike. The MSRP of this bike attachment is about $59 – a great price!

With the Walky Dog, your dog will actually remain running at the side of your bike. Some noted that you get a smaller distance between your dog and the bike with the Walky Dog, so you’ll need to factor in how much room your dog needs to get a comfortable running stance in. You can adjust the tension and length of the bike attachment by adjusting the number of inside springs.

If you want a lower attachment where your dog runs to the side of your rear wheel, Walky Dog sells a Low Rider Bike Attachment*. You may have to adjust the springs and inside leash to suit your dog. You want to make sure that your dog runs below the placement of the bike attachment to ensure safety.

WHY WE LOVE: We just love the quick release feature to this bike attachment. No need to bring a separate leash. Just release the bike attachment and use it as a short leash.

Take me to the Walky Dog Bike Leash* now.


DOG BIKE TRAILER

 

If you have a small dog or senior dog, consider getting a dog bike trailer for them so that they can come along with you on your next bike ride. They won’t be getting exercise in, but will still love getting out on a ride with you!
 

DoggyRide Mini Dog Bike Trailer

The DoggyRide Mini Dog Bike Trailer* is the perfect trailer for a small dog up to 55 pounds who can’t enjoy running alongside your bike. The trailer is very lightweight to give you a break from hauling a heavy load! The turning radius of the trailer is also smoother and tighter than other trailers.

This bike trailer features a strong, breathable mesh opening and superior, padded floor to help minimize a bumpy ride. A rain cover is included on the trailer. Safety leash connections are located inside the trailer. A sunroof is accessible from the top if your dog just wants to poke his head out and look around. Storing the trailer is easy with a quick release of a pin.

For a lightweight trailer, the frame and materials used on this bike trailer are still top notch. The company even places a warranty on fabric for 1 year and frame for 5 years. If you want to use the bike trailer as a stroller, you can purchase a separate stroller converter kit*. Many purchase the separate pad* to give their dog a more comfortable ride.

WHY WE LOVE: If we can’t run with our small dog, then this is the perfect option to let them see and really enjoy a ride. We also don’t want to the trailer to weigh us down!

Take me to the DoggyRide Mini Dog Bike Trailer* now.
 

Burley Tail Wagon

Although one of the most expensive dog bike trailers on the market, the Burley Tail Wagon* is also one of the very best. This trailer was made for the small to large dog up to 75 pounds.

The Burley Tail Wagon has 4 sides of breathable mesh, an integrated rain cover, and attachments to secure your dog inside the trailer. The design of the wagon allows your dog to sit comfortably. They can even stick their head out of the trailer if you roll up the cover. The trailer folds down very easily for storage. A removable floor makes it easy to clean the trailer.

A handlebar and parking brake is included with the trailer. However, to double the trailer as a stroller, you will need to purchase a separate stroller kit. Burley has both a 1 Wheel Stroller* or 2 Wheel Stroller* kit.

WHY WE LOVE: We love how easy this is to clean. It’s just impossible to avoid muddy paws with a dog! It’s easy to see the trailer lasting for years and giving your dog the most comfortable ride each time.

Take me to the Burley Tail Wagon* now.


DOG BIKE HARNESSES & COOLING VESTS

 

Hurtta Cooling Harness

The Hurtta Cooling Harness doubles as a cooling vest and harness. The vest works by dipping it in water and wringing it out. It’s easy to tell when the vest becomes dry as the color changes slightly.

The harness features breathable mesh fabric that extend from the chest to the belly. There is even a detachable water pouch that you can fill with cold water located at the dog’s chest to maximize cooling power where your dog needs it most. An adjustable collar and chest strap allow for the greatest fit for your dog. Leashes can be attached to a sturdy O ring attachment at the top of the vest.

WHY WE LOVE: We really love the full integration of harness and cooling vest in one. This makes is so much easier to put on your dog without any fuss or further adjustments. The O ring and adjustment straps also allow for better mobility and fit for your running dog. And separate water pouch that you can store in the fridge – well, we just have to try it out!

Take me to the Hurtta Cooling Harness now.
 

Ruffwear Front Range Harness & Jet Stream Cooling Vest

The Ruffwear Front Range Harness* is a great all-around harness for any active dog. It features foam padded straps and 4 points of adjustment for a great fit on any dog. It’s the best option for running with a bike attachment, but you’ll want to attach the leash to the top of the harness rather than the front. Ruffwear does make other harnesses that can be used to help your dogs over obstacles, but most bikers won’t need that on the trail. Hate having flying tags clink together as your dog runs? This harness has a place to hide those id tags!

Need a cooling vest that fits with your harness? Consider the Ruffwear Jet Stream Cooling Vest*which fits under the Front Range Harness and gives a bit more mobility and less bulk than the Ruffwear SwampCooler.

The Jet Stream cooling vest works to pull heat from the dog and works by applying water on the vest and wringing it out. Full coverage of the UPF 50+ vest provides the most shade and cooling effect for your dog. It can be worn of course, without the harness for off leash play. The vest will stay cool for perhaps an hour which is more than enough time for your dog to run as you bike! You will need to get a more exact fit with the cooling vest as it doesn’t have adjustable straps. If your dog has a larger chest, you may want to stick with the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler.

WHY WE LOVE: Dogs get hot running and we love the combination of using the cooling vest with harness while still leaving the option to have a separate harness for the rest of the year.

Take me to the Ruffwear Front Range Harness* or Ruffwear Jet Stream Cooling Vest* now.


WATER BOTTLES, BLADDERS, AND BOWLS

 

Water is the most important thing you can bring with you on a bike ride with your dog. While biking, you want to carry as minimal as you can and as compact as you can. That means no loose clothing and items hanging off your bag or bike. You can probably leave the dog backpack at home too.

We recommend getting one storage container to provide enough water for both you and your dog. While you can always carry your preferred bottle on your bike as you ride, you’ll need to stop anyway to give frequent water breaks to your dog. We like carrying a small, snug backpack and bringing extra water in a collapsible container. Don’t forget a lightweight dog bowl!

How much water you and your dog need depends a lot on how much energy you are exerting, how much you sweat, activity level, and outside temperature. You’ll get a better sense of how much you and your dog needs on a bike ride by going out more.
 

Hydrapak Seeker

The collapsible Hydrapak Seeker* is a lightweight, durable and compact water storage bag that’s made of abrasion resistant material. It’s also 100% BPA & PVC Free. The storage bag is designed for both hot water up to 140 degrees farenheit and freezing cold water. You can also freeze the entire storage bag to use as an ice pack.

This storage bag is a great option for backpackers, hikers, and bikers. There’s a strap attachment option. The storage bag comes in 2 colors and 3 sizes – 2 liter, 3 liter, and 4 liter.Bags are fully collapsible to fit into a 4x4in storage bag making this highly versatile even as a backup water source. Measurements are included on the side so you always know how much water you have left.

The Hydrapak Seeker is compatible with the Katadyn Befree Filter* or other 42mm bottle filter if you plan to source water from area streams and water sources. Read more about it from our top picks for water filters.

WHY WE LOVE: It’s made for both cold and hot water, a plus for winter activities! We also love that it’s compatible with the Katadyn water filter. You can’t go wrong going with a larger bag as it’s highly collapsible and still ultra-light.

Take me to the Hydrapak Seeker* now.
 

Freemove Hydration Pack Water Bladder & Cooler Bag

If you are able to ride long distances with your dog, consider the Freemove Hydration Pack Water Bladder & Cooler Bag* This water bladder is perfect for a hot summer bike ride. It holds 2 liters of water and made of durable TPU fabric and BPA free. A cooler bag fits on the outside of your water bladder keeping your water cool. The mouthpiece features a valve to switch the water on and off. This helps prevent leaking.

Very reasonably priced at only $19.85 MSRP, it’s a great option for bikers that need more water they can carry with them easily. Freemove offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee so there’s no risk to buying.

WHY WE LOVE: Who doesn’t want cool water on a bike ride? Ahhhh. And you don’t have to carry separate attachments anywhere. J

Take me to the Freemove Hydration Pack water Bladder & Cooler Bag* now.

Don’t have a backpack for your water bladder? Here’s one*.
 

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?

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

 


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Best Hiking Water Filters For You & Your Dog (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 looked at water filters and bottles that you can use for your dog. These fit easily in their dog backpack or in yours. Water filters are great if you are going on a multi-day hike or backpacking with a lot of reliable water sources.

We cover three main hiking water filters and purification systems that we consider the best for hikers. Each system comes with a few additional options to consider that may be suitable for your particular needs. We think these systems suit our readers the best. They are easy to use, portable, and highly functional.

To learn more about travel water bowls and bottles that may complement your water filtration system, read our article Best Travel Water Bowls and Bottles For Dogs.

Need to know how much water to bring for your dog? Read our article, How Much Water Should I Bring For My Dog Hiking? to learn more.

Products Covered: Hiking Water Filter, Portable UV Water Purifier, Water Bottle

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BACKPACKING WATER FILTERS

 

Katadyn Befree Water Filtration System

The Ketadyn Befree 1.0L Water Filtration System* features a water filter inside a flexible and collapsible water bottle. It’s the perfect individual portable water filter for you and our dog. It can serve for a day hike or backup water supply source for a weekend backpacking trip. The whole thing is 2.3 ounces in weight, which is great if you just want to go out running, biking, or backpacking and weight is important to you. It’s also nice to take with you when traveling overseas.

Since the filter is already inside the bottle, all you need to do is fill up your bottle and drink as you normally would. There’s no need to wait for all the water to get filtered. This system has a wider mouth making it easier to fill. The flow rate on the system is 2 liters per minute which is one of the fastest on the market. The filter removes 99.9% of bacteria, giardia, and cryptosporidium exceeding EPA standards. Filters last for 1,000 liters of water. To clean the filter, just swish it in fresh, clean water.

This water filtration system also comes in two other sizes; a smaller 0.6L (20 oz)* and a larger 3.0L (101 oz)*. The small system can fit in any dog backpack. The larger system can be shared between you and your dog. The MSRP of each system are as follows: 1) 0.6L at $39.95 2) 1.0L at $44.95 and 3) 3.0L at $59.95.

If you don’t want to leave the filter on, you can cap it with a standard bottle cap which is useful if just storing water in your dog’s bag. When filled, you can see water through the bottle. A little water is all that is necessary to make the bottle stand up.

 

WHY WE LOVE: It’s just so portable and there is very little extra training or extra parts to carry. Everything is self-contained.

Take me to the Ketadyn Befree 1.0L Water Filtration System* now.
Or the 0.6L* or 3.0L* version.

 

SteriPen

Don’t like the slow process of filtering water or transferring to a bottle? Consider getting the SteriPen, an ultraviolet light water purifier. While pricier than standard water filter systems, the extra cost is well worth if you intend to use it a lot. It will last you through about 8,000 liters of water.

All SteriPens are backed by a three-year warranty. They work with a wide variety of bottle sizes so can be more versatile than water filter systems.

One of the best aspects of the SteriPen is that it’s just so easy to use! All you have to do is to fill up a small-mouth water bottle (like from a Smartwater bottle) and stick the SteriPen in the bottle. And it takes about 90 seconds to do so for 1 liter (or 32 ounces) of water! That’s pretty fast. Don’t worry, the SteriPen lets you know when your water is ready to drink so you don’t have to guess.

The UV-C light emitted by the SteriPen treats more than 99.9% of microorganisms, including Giardia, bacteria, viruses and protozoa Protozoa, bacteria, and viruses. In fact, the Water Quality Association awarded the SteriPen with a Gold Seal for water safety and effectiveness.

One downside is that the SteriPen only works with water that is already pretty clear and sediment free. It’s also possible to get contaminated water on the outside of your bottle, but you just need to wipe these down before you drink. For some models you do have to carry extra batteries or a power source. You don’t need these with water filters.

SteriPens are probably the best system to use in the winter. They are fast and can be used with wide mouth bottles that don’t freeze as easily as small mouth bottles. Just make sure you don’t use Alkaline batteries which contain liquid inside that can freeze.

There are a few varieties of the SteriPen. We think the SteriPen Adventurer Opti and SteriPen Classic 3 are the best options for frequent and multi-day hikers. We provide some more information on each model below. If you are looking for a USB rechargeable option consider the SteriPen Ultra or ultra-light SteriPen Freedom.

SteriPen Classic 3 with Pre-Filter

The SteriPen Classic 3* is the upgraded version of the original SteriPen. It treats water and comes with a removable twist-off lamp cover and prefilter to separate out debris from your water.

Their SteriPen Classic 3 can be used with 4 AA alkaline batteries, not included, to treat up to 50 liters of water. If you use a lithium battery it will treat up to 150 liters of water. A NiMH battery will treat up to 200 liters of water. According to SteriPen, each battery set will last about 80 treatments.

This model is only 2.9 ounces – that’s pretty light! The SteriPen Classic 3 also fits bottles with a minimum diameter of 22mm. The MSRP is $69.95. Remember, batteries are not included with this model and will actually bring the total weight to 6.3 ounces.

WHY WE LOVE: We think this model is suitable for most hikers. We also like the inclusion of the filter. It’s just so easy to use and you can continue to use your favorite bottle or use on multiple bottles with ease.

Take me to the SteriPen Classic 3 with Pre-Filter* now.

SteriPen Adventurer Opti

The SteriPen Adventurer Opti* is a higher end model of the SteriPen built specifically for use in mountain and river water sources. It won the several awards and can be used even if you are off the power grid for a few days. The SteriPen Adventurer Opti has a water sensor that can also be used as a flashlight. This model does not come with a prefilter.

The battery source on this SteriPen is different than other models. It actually uses CR123 rechargeable batteries which will last you up to 50 liters of water. According to SteriPen, each battery set will last about 30 treatments. While this is a shorter life than batteries of the SteriPen Classic 3, it’s still a long enough time for most people.

If you plan on doing a lot of mountain hiking or adventuring through remote areas of the world this is the best SteriPen for you. The low weight may appeal the most with backpackers. It weighs about 3.8 ounces with included batteries. The SteriPen Adventurer Opti works in bottles with a minimum opening of 35mm. The MSRP is $89.95.

WHY WE LOVE: This is a better option for the ultra-adventurer – those that love to travel and trek off the beaten path. Get peace of mind knowing you are drinking safe water anywhere.</em

Take me to the SteriPen Adventurer Opti* now.

The Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System

The Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System* has a Sawyer Point One water filter with a cap you can drink directly from or use with other bottles to clean water to 0.1 microns. The system comes with a reusable pouch bottle (up to 3) and a syringe for cleaning the filter. Total weight for the system is 3 ounces.

A great aspect of this system is its lower price point. You can purchase a a filter, syringe, and 3 pouch for $39.99 on Amazon.com. That’s a great value and as a bonus, you don’t need to change the filter. Sawyer claims that the filter can last for up to 1 million gallons.

While this system isn’t as fast as the other two Ketadayn Befree Water Filtration System or the SteriPen, it’s still pretty fast with a flow rate of 1/2 liter per minute. It’s also a better system if you are trying to filter a large quantity of water for more than one person. You can use the Sawyer Squeeze with a variety of small mouth soda-sized bottles and hydration packs.

 

WHY WE LOVE: A great value! This is the filter to get if you are going backpacking with someone else. Share the load and bring one filter for all.

Take me to the Sawyer Squeeze Filtration System* now.


WATER FILTER ACCESSORIES & MORE

 

Stay safe out there on the trail and it’s always worse to bring too little water than too much!!

If you use a hydration bladder and purchase either the Sawyer Squeeze, Sawyer Mini, or Katadyn Water Filtration System, consider purchasing the Sawyer “Fast Fill Kit”* to help you fill up your water bladder. This is currently 50% off on Amazon as of May 2018! A great deal if you use the Ketadyn Befree Water Filtration System.

 

No matter what water filter and purification system you end up going with, always bring a backup. A great backup option is to carry water purification tablets. Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets*. These are so small that you’ll forget about these until you need it most. Keep them in your first aid kit so you always have them handy.

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Hiking & Backpacking Trail Food For Dogs

Hiking & Backpacking Trail Food For Dogs

Food on the trail? It’s important to take food for your dog if you are going on long hike. You need to replenish your dog’s energy and strength. Extra protein is great for your dog.

There are several trail food options for your dog if you are out doing a day hike or multi-day, backpacking trip. We give you an overview of each option.

You’ll need to try different options to see what works for you and your dog. It’s also important to try things on a shorter hike before going on a long one. You don’t want to be surprised if your dog has an adverse reaction to what he eats.


HOW MUCH FOOD DOES YOUR DOG NEED?

 

We are not veterinarians or food nutritionists, so we don’t provide specific recommendations and amounts of food required for your dog. Every dog has different nutritional needs, so please consult your vet.

Find out from your own vet how many calories your dog needs on a daily basis and while hiking. Use the information your vet provides as a baseline and adjust from there. You can mix and match any treats and food so long as it totals up to your total calorie goal.

If your dog is very active, he will need more food. A good rule of thumb is to give about 25% more kibble than your dog’s normal meal for hiking, however, for a lengthy backpacking trip your dog may need 50%-100% more food. It all really depends on how much you hike and in what conditions. Use your best judgement by observing your dog on shorter hikes over time. Keep your vet in the loop so they can best advise you further.

Erin Tuveson’s dog, No Shame, needed about twice the amount of calories per day while hiking the Appalachian Trail! That’s a lot more than most people think is enough for their dog.


HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOUR DOG NEEDS FOOD?

 

A sure sign to tell if your dog needs more food is if he becomes sluggish, if you can feel his ribs, or if he loses weight over time. Unfortunately, It takes time, close observation and experimentation with food to tell for sure. Keep a journal of how long and difficult your hike is and how much you are feeding your dog. Start with shorter hikes and apply whatever you learn to longer hikes.

Consult your vet at all times. They may give you recommendations on better dog foods to meet your dog’s nutritional and caloric needs. Dandruff or scratching, dry coat, loose stool, stomach problems and repeated refusal to eat food are all indications that it’s time to change your dog’s food.

If you are trying a new brand of food or treat, give your dog a little at a time to try. Mix in old food with new food. Over time, gradually increase how much new food you put in until you transition over completely off your dog’s old food. Give your dog a little bit of a treat and wait at least half a day before giving him more.


IS YOUR DOG STILL HUNGRY?

 

As long as your dog is at his idea weight over time he should be fine. That should be your gage for how much you need to feed your dog – not a longing puppy dog stare to get your food! You may want to break up your dog’s meals up into more frequent dog meals. This is helpful if your dog has a tendency anyway to gulp down his food all at once too fast.

If you are heading out on the trail in the morning, bring your dog’s food with you and give him a little at a time while out on the trail. Going out with a full stomach can lead to stomach aches and uncomfortable hike anyway.

Don’t forget that drinking water is just as important as giving your dog the right amount of food. Read our article How Much Water for Hiking & Backpacking With Your Dog? to learn more about carrying and drinking water with your dog on a multi-day hiking or backpacking trip.


ENERGY BARS & TREATS

 

If you run and hike with your dog on the trail, energy bars are perfect. You really don’t want to carry so much bulk while you are moving around a lot. Many energy bars can actually be supplemented as an entire meal for your dog. They can be broken up into smaller pieces as well.

Steer clear of store bought dog biscuits and regular treats. These don’t provide nearly as much nutritional value as energy bars.

Read our article Best Energy Bars For Dogs to find specific food recommendations for your trail dog.

Sometimes your dog still wants a tasty morsel. You can always bring along a few! At least you’ll have room for it if you carry energy bars with you.


KIBBLE

 

For a short day hike, bring along some extra kibble (just your dog’s normal fare) as a snack. Start with about 1/3 the daily amount of your dog’s daily intake of dry kibble.

For a very long hike, you will want to feed your dog a meat-based kibble that provides more calories, protein, and less grain.

Ideally, you want to find the right type of kibble that doesn’t end up with you carrying so much extra weight and bulk. Many specialty dog store carry better brands of kibble.

You could also consider feeding your dog puppy kibble which often comes with more calories and nutritional content then adult kibble or adding in supplements such as peanut butter or oil to your dog’s food.


FREEZE DRIED FOOD

 

If you normally feed your dog raw food, this may be the best alternative to bring while on a multi-day hike. In the freeze-drying process, food is not cooked and still looks like what it does with water inside. Read the ingredients of the food that you buy to make sure that there are no artificial additives. Make sure it also has a AAFCO statement which states that food is “complete and balanced.”

Dogs loves the taste of freeze-dried food, so they can be used as a tasty treat.
Freeze dried meats are expensive, but could mean carrying up to a half less kibble and a lot less weight. Freeze dried foods generally contain better ingredients and made directly from raw foods. Cooked foods often have depleted nutrients.

Freeze dried food can be given without adding water, but some brands suggest that you add water to rehydrate the food.


DEHYDRATED FOOD

 

Dehydrated food is processed by cooking at very low heat until water evaporates.

It takes 2-3 times longer to rehydrate dehydrated food than freeze-dried food. Once dehydrated food is hydrated, it can grow 3-5 times in size.

Like freeze dried food, dehydrated food can be expensive. You also need to wait to have boiled water before you can heat up the food, and then some additional time for the food to cool. Add that to food you need to cook yourself and your dog will be begging for something to eat. To tie him over, give him a bone or treat while you prepare the food.

It’s probably best for you to carry the dehydrated food if your dog loves to romp around in the water. If the food gets wet, your dog will have to eat it or it will spoil.

 

Well there you have it! There’s quite a lot of dog food options. Choosing the right kind of food depends greatly on your dog’s preferences, dog’s nutritional needs, how much you want to carry with you, and activity level.

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How Much Water Should I Bring For My Dog Hiking?

Dogs need water while hiking, especially in hot weather. How much water you bring depends on where you go, what you do, and how long you hike. You can either carry bottled water with you or give your dog filtered water.

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CLEAN WATER SOURCES

 

Don’t let your dog drink from a stream unless you treat it properly. Like humans, dogs are susceptible to water contaminants. Drinking salty water may lead to diarrhea and vomiting.

You’ll have to check with the area for known, reliable sources of water. If you are not sure about reliable water sources, bring your own water to be on the safe side. It also helps to store drinking water in your car for after your hike or for emergencies.


HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD YOU BRING?

 

As a general rule for a moderate 2 hour hike, plan to bring 32 oz. of water (16 oz per hour) for yourself and more for your dog. Considering that a dog needs about an ounce of water per pound weight per 2 hours, a 30 pound dog would need about the same amount as you. It never hurts to bring more water than you need, especially in hot or dry weather. Offer water to your dog frequently and let him take small sips

Every person and dog will differ in water needs. Use our guideline as a baseline, but it’s important to get a good estimate on how much you and your dog really need by going on a series of short hikes. Record how much water you and your dog consume every hour and under what conditions. By the time you go on a long hike or backpacking trip, you’ll have a good estimate for how much water you really need for you and your dog.

Be sure to read our articles regarding our top picks for water filters and water bottles that are suitable to use with your dog. Most will even fit in your dog’s backpack and can be shared with you. Or, you can always buy your dog his own filter or bottle!


HEALTH TIPS

 

We are not veterinarians or food nutritionists. We do provide some general tips that may apply universally, but every human and dog has different nutritional needs. Please consult your doctor and vet for information that pertains specifically to you and your dog.

Remember that dogs may actually ingest water if they are playing in water. Make sure play time is kept at about 15-30 minutes. Your dog may actually ingest a lot of water if they retrieve balls or sticks in the water. One way to reduce the amount of water your dog ingests during play is to toss him a flat toy instead a round toy which forces your dog to open their mouth more.

If your dog likes to play with the water hose, don’t spray water directly in your dog’s mouth. This can force your dog to guzzle up too much water.

Dehydration

It’s easy to tell if you are thirsty, but if your dog is not drinking enough water consistently on hikes, it could lead to diseases and serious health problems down the road. If your dog is sick or has a fever, he may also refuse to drink.

Signs of dehydration in dogs:

  • Pale, Dry Gums
  • Excessive Panting
  • Lethargy
  • Sunken Eyes
  • Loose Neck Skin That Doesn’t Retract Quickly After You Pinch It

 

Talk to your vet right away if your dog is dehydrated. You could wrap your dog up in a wet towel on your way to the vet. Consult your vet about giving your dog more water, as this could actually make him vomit.

Humans exhibit similar signs of dehydration as dogs. But a great indicator is dizziness, dry mouth, and sweating. You’ll also have darker urine if you are not drinking enough water.

Severe dehydration will result in low blood pressure, fever, delirium, and even loss of consciousness.

Water Intoxication

While you are out on the trail, don’t gulp down too much water all at once or this could lead to water intoxication, or when there’s too much water in the body and salt levels in your blood get dangerously and sometimes fatally low. One sure way to avoid water intoxication is to take small sips frequently instead of ingesting a lot of water all at once. Remember water play, as we mentioned above, can also make your dog ingest more water.

Signs for water intoxication for dogs:

  • Lethargy
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Dilated Pupils or Glazed Eyes
  • Pale Gums
  • Drooling
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Seizing
  • Loss of Consciousness

 

If your dog has lost consciousness or is seizing call your vet immediately!

For humans, a sign of water intoxication is headaches, confusion, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. If you are experiencing leg cramping and have been sweating a lot, try adding salt in your water or eat something salty.

Marathon runners often carry salt packets with them. You could also take sports drinks, gels, or gummies that have electrolytes.

If you like gummy bears try Clif Shot Blocks*! They come in many different flavors and are compact enough to take with you on a run or outdoors. They also don’t taste grainy or sticky like other energy supplements. Each cube gives you a little boost of energy!

 

If you need to learn more about water intoxication in humans, Dr. Axe has a great article where you can learn more. One important tip they mention is that the risk of water intoxication increase is someone drinks more than  1.5 liters of water (over 50 ounces of water) in an hour.

Don’t give salt or electrolytes to your dog, without consulting your vet! Dogs don’t sweat out salt like us humans, but cool themselves off instead by panting and drinking water.


GETTING YOUR DOG TO DRINK MORE WATER

 

Water is important for everyone. If your dog is not drinking enough water on a consistent basis, check with your vet to rule out any diseases or maladies with your dog. These can be serious if not addressed.

Some tips to get your dog to drink more water:

    • Give your dog a reason to drink! Do some exercise and play with your dog.
    • Give your dog water every 15 minutes. Perhaps your constant nagging will remind him to drink!
    • Add chicken, beef, or bone broth to your dog’s water.
    • Always change out your dog’s water so it’s fresh and clean of bacteria or debris. Don’t forget to wash your dog bowl and get rid of any leftover residue and minerals.
    • Train your dog to drink water. You can say “drink” or “water” and give him treats and/or praise every time he takes a sip.
    • Sometimes dogs will try to drink less water if they can’t go outside to do their business. Take them out more to pee.
    • Elevate your bowl. This is a better option for large dogs so they don’t have to stoop down to drink.
    • Try changing dog bowls. Sometimes dogs just don’t like the container they are drinking from. We don’t have an exact answer to this. But it might work! Some dogs are just pickier than others.
  • Buy a water fountain. Your dog may just to drink from a running water source.

A great choice is the Dogit Design Fresh & Clear Pet Fountain*. It’s on sale now at Amazon as of May 2018!

Don’t forget to buy extra filters* that go with it, currently an Add-On item at 45% off. This is a really great deal so we couldn’t help but share! Better take advantage of it now!

 

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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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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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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.

Take me to the Kurgo Collaps A Bowl* now.

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.

Take me to the Outward Hound Port A Bowl* now.


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?

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.


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.

Take me to the Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl* now.

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.

Take me to the Heininger Waterboy* now.

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.

Take me to the ZoeZ Do Water Bowl* now.


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.

Take me to the Playtpus Platy 2.0 Bottle* now.

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.

Take me to the Baiji Bottle* now.

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!

Take me to the H2O4K9 Dog Water Bottle* now.

 


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The Best Dog Tech Gadgets 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 decided to cover some of latest and must-have technology gadgets made for our furry friends! We tend to love the products that give us our dogs smart, active play and products that make sure we keeping our dogs healthy while simplifying our lives.

Products Covered: Smart Collar, Food & Exercise Tracking, Treat Dispensers, Dog Monitors, Potty Trainer, Smart Toys

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WAGZ SMART DOG COLLAR

 

We really love the concept of this dog collar. It’s the perfect collar for the Pawtivity Pup. You can go hiking, running, and biking with your dog off-leash and get the assurance that your dog will be within a set boundary around you at all times. GPS, health, and activity monitor make this collar even better. By the way, the collar is completely waterproof!

Dog collars with geo-fence capabilities have been around a long time, but what makes this collar unique is the ability to use your mobile app to draw your own customized containment area anywhere, not just in your own backyard. This makes the product truly mobile and versatile.

When you are out for a run or hiking in the winter, it helps to know if your dog is too hot or cold. The collar comes with a temperature and environmental alert that tells you if you your dog’s ambient temperature is high or low.

 

What is still left to be proven is just how good GPS tracking is on this device and if the gentle vibration and ultrasonic sensor is enough to deter a dog from crossing a certain boundary. We are also unsure how an added 1 pound of weight for the collar may work for a small or medium sized dog.

The product was released May 30, 2018, but still on pre-order. Wagz makes many other connected home devices for dogs, including an automatic feeder. The collar works with other Wagz and Black & Decker pet products. The product can be ordered for $349 and comes with plan options for extra storage and video streaming.

WHY WE LOVE: Have your dog on an invisible leash and hands free while you hike, run, and bike. This all-in-one device is perfect to track your best workout buddy’s health and whereabouts better than you can.

Take me to the Wagz Smart Dog Collar now.


ACTIJOY PET TRACKING SYSTEM

 

According to a study by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 53.9% of dogs are overweight. A lot of dog owners don’t actually know that their pets are overweight. Our vet can tell us how much food your dog needs based largely on weight, however, they can’t factor in exercise accurately to tell you much you may need to modify your dog’s diet. So, it’s pretty easy to overfeed your dog.

Actijoy creates an integrated pet tracking system that helps you give the right amount of food to your dog so they don’t become overweight. The pet tracking system includes a waterproof health and activity monitor, a food and water bowl, and finally a mobile application.

 

Actijoy products are currently on pre-order and available Spring 2018. We are curious to see how well the activity tracker measures different types of activity from a dog.

WHY WE LOVE: This is one of the first products we have seen that really tries to give us feedback into how much we need to feed our dogs. It also motivates us to get out and get active with our dogs! Of course we love that!

Take me to the Actijoy Pet Tracking System now.


CLEVER PET

 

We love smart play for our dogs and CleverPet* really fits the bill. Dogs need to work for their reward and use their heads! Clever Pet is a smart toy and treat dispenser. Your dog has to solve puzzles by pawing three buttons that light up. When they get the puzzle correct, the device opens revealing a tasty treat.

We love that puzzles get progressively harder so your dog keeps getting challenged and is not fed too many treats! You can see how your dog does throughout the day from your phone and how many treats they got.

Clever Pet is available to purchase on their website for $249 for a refurbished unit. New units are currently out of stock and cost about $300. We hope the company comes out with an upgrade version soon!

 

WHY WE LOVE: Dogs need a healthy balance of mental stimulation and physical exercise. Clever Pet gives them smart play so they don’t decide to take their frustration out on your sofa.

Take me to the Clever Pet* now or order the Refurbished Version.


TRAIN ‘N PRAISE POTTY TRAINING SYSTEM

 

Having a hard time training your puppy to go potty on his pee pad? PetSafe* has come up with a solution that will train and reward your dog every time he pees on his pad.

You can reinforce other training with your dog by using the treat dispenser with a remote. If your dog needs to know to go to his place or to his bed, you can place the treat dispenser near his designated place or sleeping area.

In order for this system to work, your dog does need to be food motivated. Some dogs are motivated more by play, so may not response as well to treats.

 

WHY WE LOVE: Ever walk home from work only to find pee and poop rubbed in on your furniture and carpets? Ugh. If you have to use a pee pad, at least your puppy can learn to go in the right spot!

Take me to Train ‘N Praise Potty Training System* now.


PET CUBE

 

PetCube* is an interactive pet camera that lets you interact with your dog when you are not home. You can quickly check up on your pet, hear and talk to your dog, give them a treat, and take photos of them from your phone.

Even when you aren’t checking in on your pet, you can get alerts if something is wrong based on sound and motion alerts. Now, you shouldn’t use the Pet Cube for meals, but the container does fit up to 2 lbs of treats so plenty to last a long time.

The PetCube comes with 1080 HD video and night vision along with a 138° wide angle view. You can also zoom up close to see your dog. Multiple cameras can be purchased and placed in different rooms.

 

The jacket does come at a hefty price tag of $495 (not a typo) if you’ve got some spare change! We just want to know if it comes with a hood or matching boots. Perhaps something to look for in the future.

WHY WE LOVE: Ok it’s Big Brother with good intent. Now we can love our dogs when we are not there. We already hate leaving them at home! Who doesn’t love flinging a treat (from your phone!) to your dog?

Take me to the Pet Cube* now.


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10 Best Camping Gadgets And Gear 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.

It’s the start of the camping season so we decided to take this week to learn about dog-worthy camping gear and accessories for you and your dog!

Products Covered: Cooling Pad, Compact Dog Tool, Collapsible Dog Bowl, Dog Hitching System, Portable Paw Washers, All-Weather Jacket, Raincoat, Dog Sleeping Bag, Dog Night Collar.

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GREEN PET SHOP COOLING PET PAD

 

Instead of letting your dog dig himself a hole in the ground to lay in and getting dirt all over your camping gear, give him his own cooling mat!

This Cooling Pet Pad* doesn’t use electricity or water! It includes a patented, pressure-activated, non-toxic gel formula that will cool your pet down in hot weather.

The pad stays cool for about 3 hours, but 15-20 minutes of non-use will recharge the pad. It’s great for camping and road trips.

WHY WE LOVE: A cooling product that doesn’t mess with water or electricity?! Easy. And we know a happy dog is a good dog. Use it and take it anywhere!

Take me to the Cooling Pet Pad* now.


NITE IZE DOOHICKEY PET TOOL

 

Nite Ize comes out with some fancy tools for all-around outdoor use. This DoohicKey Pet Tool* is truly ingenious combining a nail file, tick remover, burr comb, and bottle opener all on a carabiner clip.

Never lose the tool as it clips easily on to your dog’s leash, your keys, or backpack. As an awesome bonus, the tool is backed by Nite Ize’s Worry-Free Guarantee.

WHY WE LOVE: We need lightweight, all-purpose tools. The less we carry the better and this fits the bill perfectly. Never lose a tiny tick remover again.

Take me to the Nite Ize DoohicKey Pet Tool* now.
 


RUFFWEAR BIVY COLLAPSIBLE DOG 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.

An often overlooked feature is the reflective trim giving you an easier time to find your dog’s bowl in the dark.

One downside is the high price, but you really do get what you pay for.

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? One bowl to rule them all.

Take me to the Ruffwear Bivy Bowl* now.


RUFFWEAR KNOT-A-HITCH DOG-HITCHING SYSTEM

 

Does your dog’s leash get dirty and tangled at the campsite? Our dogs just want to roam around as freely as they can, but we all need to keep our dogs safe too!

Here’s a great compromise solution from Ruffwear. The Knot-A-Hitch* is the perfect item to take camping. It’s almost a must-have essential in our opinion.

To use the Knot-A-Hitch, just secure the included 36 foot rope between two trees or posts. Then, attach your dog’s leash to the carabiner link on the rope. Tensioning system and materials are similar to those of a rock-climber for ultra-durability and function.

 

Check out Ruffwear’s website for more information or to get first dibs on the system when it’s back in stock! We are going to be watching out for this for our own camping needs!

WHY WE LOVE: No more leash tangles and doggy gets a new leash on life! And we don’t spend gobs of our time trying to clean our dog’s leash and hands afterwards.

Take me to Ruffwear Knot-a-Hitch System* now.


MOLOSSER AEGIS ALL-WEATHER DOG JACKET

 

This is the luxury of luxury when it comes to dog jackets. It’s the perfect all-season, all-weather coat for the true adventurer. We just had to give it a great ooh and ahh!

Molosser’s award winning Aegis All-Weather Dog Jacket does it all. It keeps your dog warm and dry. It’s extremely lightweight, 100% waterproof (including zipper and seams), windproof, breathable, thermal regulating, and 360° reflective.

Getting a great fit with this coat is easy. The basic size comes in XXS to XL, but an adjustable chest and underside-body gusset allows for a more customized fit for your dog. The neck and leg openings are also adjustable. The coat also allows for room for your active dog to move.

 

The jacket does come at a hefty price tag of $495 (not a typo) if you’ve got some spare change! We just want to know if it comes with a hood or matching boots. Perhaps something to look for in the future.

WHY WE LOVE: This coat does kick doggy butt. We really do dream of the perfect coat for all seasons and weather and this seems to be a very good one.

Take me to the Aegis All-Weather Dog Jacket 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.


PUPMATE PAW CLEANER WITH SILICONE PET GROOMING BRUSH

 

Spring is a muddy time! Every adventure outing brings back a dirty dog (and human!).

We found a paw cleaner* that’s portable and waterless! It’s great for when you are actually outside without access to water – or you don’t want to give up your own precious water.

Since this paw cleaner doesn’t use water, we really appreciate that you don’t get a soppy leg back to dry as you do with other paw cleaners.

A silicone pet grooming brush helps scrub off any mud that is caked between or on your dog’s paw pads. When you are done scrubbing your dog’s paws, just wipe up.

The product does come with a rose scent shampoo, which some may not prefer. However, the scent has got to beat out that odorous wet dog smell from permeating into the interior fabric of your car! Ingredients in the wash are all natural, hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and 100% non-toxic. The shampoo is great for getting rid of harmful, toxic substances that may be lingering on your furry friend’s paws due to winter salt and de-icers on the ground.

The only down-side to this paw cleaner is if your dog is muddy all over. We are unsure how it works to shampoo out mud from fur. If your dog is that muddy, no paw cleaner may help. You’ll just have to give your dog a bath!

WHY WE LOVE: No more muddy car seats and dirty paws all over your sleeping bag and hammock! No need to go out of your way to find water or give up yours. Less cleanup in the long run. Safe paws. Portable on hikes.

Take me to the Pupmate Paw Cleaner* now.


DEXAS PETWARE MUDBUSTER

 

For those that think water will do a better job cleaning your dog’s paws, try the Dexas Petware Mudbuster*.

The nice thing about this paw cleaner is that it’s fast to use on an antsy dog that just won’t sit still. Just pop the paw in and out a few times, dry and you’re done!

Bristles are extremely easy to clean and remove. They are also gentle enough for paws. Product sizes are available for petite, medium, and large paws.

The downside to this product is that you do need quite a lot water to clean all paws. It’s an item you probably just want to leave in the car as the container is rather large. Water won’t get off all residue created from winter salt and deicers, but you could perhaps add some shampoo to the water. Beware of many knock-off versions that may not clean as well as the Dexas product.

WHY WE LOVE: A very fast, rough cleanup job that gets the paws and a portion of the legs at one go. If your dog has muddy paws, he’s going to have muddy legs.

Take me to the Dexas Petware Mudbuster* now.


BARKER BAG

 

The Barker Bag is a lightweight dog sleeping bag that zips to the side of your own sleeping bag. It also works by attaching to two sleeping bags. Your dog stays warm, keeps your feet warm, and has his own sleeping bag. The Barker Bag was featured on Kickstarter in 2014. Learn about the product from the founder!

 

There are different size options as well as the option to purchase 2 dog sleeping bags that work on one sleeping bag.

Prices are on the high end, but if you go camping a lot in cooler weather you won’t be thinking twice.

WHY WE LOVE: Have a dog that always wants to get in and out of the sleeping bag leaving you cold and awake from drafts? Keep your own sleeping without losing out on the benefit of that doggy snuggle warmth.

Take me to the Barker Bag now.


NITE IZE NITEHOWL LED DOG LIGHT COLLAR

 

Make it easier to attend to your dog at night by putting a bright LED Dog Light Collar* on him that turns on and off as needed. The collar can be used in the rain.

Each collar can be sized to create a custom fit from 12” to 27”. The product uses alkaline batteries so there’s no re-charging involved. It’s easy to store a battery as a backup, but you’ll be surprised how long the collar will last.

As always, Nite Ize provides their Worry-Free Guarantee so getting this collar is a no-brainer.

WHY WE LOVE: No need to change collars and you use it when you need it. Batteries are easy to change and long-lasting. Weather-proof. Highly visible.

Take me to the Nite Ize LED Dog Light Collar* Now.


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