The Ultimate Guide To Backpacking, Hiking & Camping With Your Dog

When we adopted our dog, Sally, we knew she’d be the perfect hiking companion. As we prepared for some outdoor trips with her, we researched all the latest dog backpacking gear to have with us, and here are the top picks for each category. Being prepared with the best dog camping gear makes backpacking with dogs an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Best Dog Water Bottle: Portable Drinking Without The Mess

You’re out for a walk and take a break to give your dog some water. You’re probably one of two people. If you’re the first person, you uncap your shared water, attempt to form a bowl with your hands and try to get him to drink as much of it as possible before it all drips through the cracks. If you’re the second person, you’re lugging around a bowl with you, pour some water into it, and she drinks about half of it resulting in you tossing the remainder. An easier alternative would be to bring your dog its own water bottle with a bowl built in. Your dog will drink more water and less will go on the ground. No wasted water, no mess, and no extra bowl needed.

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Gentle Leader vs Easy Walk Harness: Which Will Help Your Dog Walk Better?

Two dogs with Gentle Leader and Easy Walk Harness (caption: Gentle Leader vs Easy Walk Harness Review)

Does your dog have issues pulling on the leash, barking excessively, or lunging and jumping while walking? Not every dog is a perfect Lassie. So a training leash is a helpful tool to tame your pup’s anxiety and aggression. Two popular options to help are reviewed here. But which is better: gentle leader vs easy walk harness? Find out which might help your dog.

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Best Retractable Dog Leash (Top Picks By Type)

Dog on retractable leash with owner (caption: Best retractable dog leashes)

Retractable leashes give your dog freedom and flexibility. If you have a yappy dog, you can keep them on a short leash. But if you are at a park and want to let your dog run wild, you can give them more slack. There are a variety of options and features to consider when shopping for retractable leashes. We share what you think about when purchasing a leash and find the best fit for you and your dog (or dogs).

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Best Dog Goggles: Do Dogs Need Glasses?

Dog wearing goggles (caption: Best Dog Goggles)

Believe it or not, sunglasses and goggles are a popular accessory for dogs. But does your dog really need glasses? Are they just a waste of money? Glasses for dogs do more than merely bring out the hipster in your dog. They can help their eye health and vision. Learn more about this functional fashion statement and prescription glasses for dogs.

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Martingale Collar vs Choke Collar

Martingale Collar

Martingale collars are designed specifically for dogs with heads that are smaller than their necks. These collars gently tighten against the dog’s neck if they pull, back up or spin. It is typically worn by greyhounds, whippets, Italian greyhounds, salukis, borzoi and wolfhounds.

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Is A Citronella Dog Collar A Safer Alternative To Electric Shock?

Citronella Dog Collar (caption: Citronella Collars for dogs)

Citronella dog collars have been gaining in popularity ever since studies were released showing the negative psychological effects of electric shock collars on dogs. Furthermore, studies by the Animal Behavior Clinic at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine suggest that citronella dog collars are even more effective than electric shock collars. The question we ask once again, however, is how humane, if at all, are these citronella dog collars?

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Best Dog Shoes For Hot Pavement: How Hot Is Too Hot For Dog Paws?

Closeup of dog paw wearing booties (Caption: Best Dog Shoes for Hot Pavement)

These boots are made for walkin’ — and for protection when your dog’s paws could blister in the sun. Yes, it’s true: dogs can scorch their paw pads from the hot ground on a sweltering summer day. Read our reviews of the best dog shoes for hot pavement to learn how to protect your dog’s paws and how you can test the temperature of the pavement yourself to ensure your dog’s safety.

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