The 10 Best Outdoor Dog Breeds - Backpacker

The 10 Best Outdoor Dog Breeds

These pups love the trail just as much as you do.
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With the right training, these incredible outdoor dog breeds make for some of the best adventure pups out there. But just remember—every dog is only as good as its human.

Raise Your Perfect Outdoor Dog

The first step to finding your perfect outdoor companion is, well, finding him or her. The ASPCA or your local shelter is the best place to start looking for your new outdoor dog.

Next up: training your pup. Start with basic skills, like sit, stay, and heel. Consistency is important; you may find it helpful to work with a professional trainer to shore up your outdoor dog's skills. (A simple clicker may help you train your dog.)

When you're in the wilderness, your outdoor dog's safety and health is your responsibility. Learn basic canine first aid and carry a dog-specific kit (or one that works for both of you, like the Adventure Medical Kits Adventure Dog Series Me & My Dog First Aid Kit, $50) so you'll be ready to deal with any paw injuries, splinters, or bites that your pup may encounter.

Dog won't stop pulling? Consider switching from a collar to a harness for your walks. The Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness is a good, all-purpose model to start with.