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The 5 Best Gifts for Dog Owners of 2020

Help your friends prepare their pooches for the trail with these standout products.

Cool gear isn’t just for humans. Kit your four-legged hiking companions out with these products that will get their tails wagging on the trail and at home.

Vapur Ez Lick Portable Dog Water Bottle — $20

Vapur Ez Lick Portable Dog Water Bottle

Don’t want to mess with a portable water bowl? This foldable bottle has a rolling ball at its wide mouth that allows pups to hydrate without hassle. The bottle stands up on its own when full and easily packs away when empty. Bonus: It’s dishwasher-safe. Buy now at Vapur

Adventure Medical Kits ADS Trail Dog First Aid Kit — $25

Adventure Medical Kits ADS Trail Dog First Aid Kit

Dogs can suffer a knock on the trail, just like humans can. (They complain a lot less, though.) This comprehensive kit will let you help your pooch out with everything from sore paws to thorns stuck in fur. It even comes with a guide book to help you navigate pet first aid. Buy now at REI

Lifekey Fetch Pet Tags — $25

Lifekey Fetch Pet Tags

Implanting a chip in your dog is an expensive safeguard against losing it, but these comparatively affordable ID tags deliver instant GPS location information through a companion app. The tags also have scannable details like vet contact info, vaccinations, and other medical data. They’re made from silicone, are quiet and scratch-resistant, and don’t need batteries or charging. Buy now at Lifekey

Rumpl x Loki Travel Dog Bed — $249 to $299

Rumpl x Loki Travel Dog Bed

Dog beds often don’t make the packing list because they’re too bulky and cumbersome for travel. However, this one is plenty portable thanks to a self-inflating air mattress insert on one side that adds 2 inches of cushion. The antimicrobial and washable cover is reversible, with fleece on one side and polyester on the other to repel hair and muddy paws. The underside of the stuffable blanket is also waterproof and durable for use on rough ground. Buy now at REI

Kurgo Tailgate Dumpster — $20

Kurgo Tailgate Dumpster

A classic sight: Your dog, having neglected to go earlier, bolts from the car and immediately poops at the trailhead, with no trash can in sight. Being prepared with a baggie is one thing, but this mini silicone dumpster attaches to your car’s tailgate for an easy storage solution until you get home. Dual magnets adhere to metal surfaces, and a magnetic closure keeps the lid secure. Buy now on Amazon