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Outdoor Dog Gear

Starring the Dogs of BACKPACKER
A lot of gear comes through the BACKPACKER offices, and it isn't all for people. Here, five solid doggie products tested by three super hard-core pets...and one who pretends. Plus, a bonus reader photo!
  • <b>Ruff Wear Hydro Plane:</b> One of the best toys we've ever given Mango! It's durable (no rips or tears in months), easy to see and find, even in water and snow, and great for fetch or tug of war. $19.95,
  • <b>Nite Ize Spotlit L.E.D Collar Lite:</b> Worried you won't find your dog when he wants to play night fetch? Take a cue from <i>Lobo</i> and check out this light that attaches to the collar, so you can track your furry friend. $6.99,
  • <b>Ruff Wear Doubleback Harness:</b> It's about time a doubleback harness came out for dogs. The straps are easy to adjust and cinch tight--Clyde, all squirmy 80 pounds of him, was safe crossing rapids in Boulder Canyon. $124.95, 4 sizes,
  • <b>Guyot Designs Squishy Pet Bowl:</b> Super packable, easy to clean, and durable (Mango tried to eat hers). But hard to move once filled with water (thanks to soft silicone) and a bit heavier than other models. $9.95-$19.95, 4 sizes,
  • <b>Doggles:</b> Facing a tough off-road wagon ride like Sherbert here? Get doggles. $19.25, 5 sizes,
  • <b>Bonus:</b> BACKPACKER reader Ryan sent in this picture of his six-year-old Springer Spaniel, Otis, who just loves to strap on a pack and go go go.
<b>Ruff Wear Hydro Plane:</b> One of the best toys we've ever given Mango! It's durable (no rips or tears in months), easy to see and find, even in water and snow, and great for fetch or tug of war. $19.95,
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Ruff Wear Hydro Plane: One of the best toys we've ever given Mango! It's durable (no rips or tears in months), easy to see and find, even in water and snow, and great for fetch or tug of war. $19.95,


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Interesting that dog booties are not at all listed. I've occasionally seen dogs with these on, but I don't know how long they stay on and how many are currently lost somewhere in the woods.
— Anonymous

What kind of dog is Lobo? He's adorable.
— Stephen

I have a dog backpack that seems to work well but the last time I took my dog, a 60 pound German Shepard / Chow mix, by the second day he was slowing down and I noticed the insides of both front legs were rubbed raw. It was the first time we went on a multi day together so I never noticed this happening before. I am not sure if I had too much in his pack ( one liter water bottle on one side, dog food, treats, ball, collapsable bowl on the other ) or if I just didn't adjust his pack properly. It came with practically no instructions, other than a diagram so you know which strap is intended for what. To me it's also hard to tell if I tightened it enough because he is just a big thick furball, so I wondered if it was moving around on him too much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
— T.J.

I just bought my dog some hiking booties. you must put them very tight around his feet or else he tries to kick them off. but after a couple days of wearing them around our house he got used to them. im a little worried about rubbing his ankles raw, maybe they have dog socks too??
— Ty K

With maybe a few exceptions like maybe hiking in a hot sand desert at mid day, or hiking across broken volcanic terrain. I cannot imagine any situation that would require dog boots. Seems just something cute for people to throw down money for at the outfitter...

I have the Ruff Wear Palisades dog pack and it works wonderfully for my two 75 lb husky shepherds. Just make sure the loads are even and its properly adjusted to prevent any shifting that can lead to chafing. To respond to the dog bootie comment, Ruff Wear also makes dog boot liners.
— Hannah R.

Dog booties are essential when a dog cuts a paw on a hike and you need to keep the bandage free of dirt for the two weeks until it heals.
— friend

I cannot find a good pack to fit my 130lb. Alaskan Malamute for a 5 day hike. Any suggestions?
— Blair


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