5 essential hiking gear for dogs

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1. First-Aid Kit

Organizations like the Red Cross are a resource for dog owners, providing checklists, and selling first-aid kits and training materials. Aside from those items, be sure to remember to include important paperwork, including a copy of medical records, vaccination records, and emergency phone numbers.

2. Food, Water And Water Container

Being on the trail all day requires you to provide more food and water than your dog typically consumes. You need to be watchful and offer water often, especially on hot days. If the nose is dry, then you’re under-hydrating your dog.

3. Safety light

Safety light will help you keep tabs on your dog after sunset and during nighttime potty breaks.

4. Booties

They offer protection from sharp rocks, thorns and snow. In addition, feet covers can protect your gear (sleeping pads, tent and sleeping bag) if the dog sleeps in your tent. Before your hike you’ll need to allot time for your dog to get used to wearing booties.

5. Leash, Harness And Dog Waste Bags

A waist-attached leash is a great option to consider. It’s more secure and less cumbersome than a handheld model. Remember picking up your dog’s waste is the rule, so take plenty of bags.

Source: REI

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