Outdoors

There are so many ways to have fun in the sun with your pet. Ways to explore the great outdoors while keeping your pet protected.

Small dog in yard (Caption: Wireless dog fences)

Best Wireless Dog Fences: Put Up Boundaries

Let your dog run free without the expense and trouble of putting up a fence in your yard. Wireless dog fences are an excellent alternative, especially if you don’t want the hassle of digging up your yard to bury in-ground wires.

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Best Dog Ball Launcher: Ball Thrower, Ball Shooter, Automatic & More

Dogs love playing fetch. But sometimes, it can get a bit boring to throw a ball over and over. The good news is that a dog ball launcher can help you enhance the game of fetch for your pup and save your arm. Whether you’re looking for something to help you throw further or a device that can automatically throw for you, there is something for everyone.

Person uses spray to prevent insect and tick bites of pet on hiking (Caption: Best Mosquito Repellent For Dogs)

Best Mosquito Repellent For Dogs: Topical, Spray, Collar, Supplements & More

If you think mosquitos are only a slight bother for your dog when you’re outside, think again. Mosquito bites can present a serious, life-threatening health problem for your pup inside as well as outdoors. That’s why it’s so important to protect your furry friend with mosquito repellent. See which pet-safe products we recommend, DIY repellents, and what’s not safe for pups.

Woman camping with dog and backpack (caption: Guide to backpacking, hiking, and camping with dogs)

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.

Small white dog being walked on trail by owners (Caption: Trail Etiquette for dogs and pet owners)

Trail Etiquette For Pet Owners

Dog owners can spend close to 300 minutes each week walking their dogs — that’s nearly five hours of outdoor activity. Many pet owners choose to walk their dogs on public trails, introducing their dogs to wildlife, fresh air, and even other dogs. When dogs — and people — come into contact with each other …

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Brown and white dog laying on a dog bed outside smiling with human lounging on patio furniture reading a book in the background (Caption: Best Outdoor Dog Bed)

Best Outdoor Dog Beds: Canopy, Mat, Heated, Cooling & More

All dogs need a cozy place to rest, and most pups don’t spend all their time inside. They should have a comfy place to chill out, whether they’re inside or out. An outdoor dog bed is an excellent place to curl up. However, finding the right one might be more complicated than you think. Our experts sort out some options to help you decide what might be right for you.

Earth Rated Dog Waste Bags (Caption: Best Pooper Scoopers)

Best Pooper Scooper & Poop Bags: Stop Straining Your Back

Poop piling up in your yard? No one wants to get stuck with that “doody” of picking up the mess. You don’t have to worry and bend over backward (literally) to scoop the poop. There are other tools you can use besides your hands to clean up this mess. Keep reading our review of the best pooper scooper to get the scoop.

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Best Dog Houses For All Kinds Of Weather

Don’t find yourself in the dog house because you’re not giving your dog adequate shelter. If your pup spends a lot of time outside, he needs protection from rain, wind, snow, and sun. A sturdy, high-quality dog house can offer a place to stay safe from all the elements. See which ones we recommend for all kinds of situations.

Dog eating weeds on patio pavers (caption: Best Pet-Safe Weed Killer)

Best Pet-Safe Weed Killer: Dog-Friendly, Homemade & Natural Options

Weeds are quite possibly the most annoying thing in your yard, especially in the warmer months. They make their way through cracks in the driveway, find their way into flower beds, grow proudly in the garden, and sprout just about everywhere imaginable. If you have kids or pets around, you probably don’t want to spray your yard with harmful chemicals. Your best “organic” line of defense against weeds is pulling them out manually or using mulch or ground cover to keep on top of them at the start of the spring season (this may vary or be all year round, depending on your location). But for those hard-to-reach spots or persistent weeds, we bring you the best natural weed killers, including pre-made products and organic weed control recipes.

Dog with snow on face (Caption: How Cold Is Too Cold For A Dog?)

How Cold Is Too Cold For A Dog?

Many people think that dogs and cats are better protected from the cold because of their fur, but that’s not the case. Our furry companions are just as susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite as we are, so you need to keep them safe inside once temperatures drop. But what temperature is too cold for dogs? And when you inevitably have to take them out to potty (and for exercise), what’s the best way to protect them?

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