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Tips for a Dog Hike – Fun Outdoor Adventure

dog hike We’re sure your best friend would love to go on a dog hike. All dogs, even urban dogs, enjoy some fun in the sun and new adventures. Here are some great tips:

1. Check in advance to ensure the trail or park allows dogs

Not all trails or parks are dog friendly so definitely check in advance.

2. Make sure your dog can handle the exercise

Hiking is more strenuous than walking, especially since the terrain is uneven. Make sure your dog’s fitness matches the distance and level of hike you’re planning to take. Otherwise, you might end up carrying your dog half way through the hike.

small dog hikeSome factors you’ll want to consider is their age and overall health. Dogs that are in shape and over 40 lbs generally are well adapted for hiking. Smaller dogs can be good hikers too, but they do need to take a lot more steps to cover the same piece of ground, and they cannot stretch as far up or down a rock, so they may need a lift where a larger dog would not. If you’re not sure, start with an easy, flat hike that’s not too long.

3. Bring the right gear for your pooch
Summit Backpack

Summit Backpack

  • If you have a strong, fit dog and you want him to share the load and get him to wear a dog backpack.
  • If the hike you’re considering does not have much shade and you have a dog that could easily sunburn, bring some sunscreen made for dogs.
  • If your dog overheats, consider using a dog cooling vest.
  • Remember to bring water not just for yourself, but also for your dog. Check out our recommended travel water bottles.
  • We believe it’s also good to bring some treats for your dog. It’s a great way to get their attention and they might need some nourishment if it’s a strenuous hike – just as you would bring trail mix for yourself.
4. Follow Dog Hike Etiquette
  • Clean up after your dog just as you would after yourself, using the Leave No Trace principles.
  • Give dog-less hikers the right of way. When you meet others on the trail, put your dog on a leash.
  • Do not allow your dog to disturb plants or wildlife.
  • Keep your dog on the trail.

Dog Beds

Of course your dog loves to sleep and nap – so having a great dog bed is a must have item!

We’ve hand picked these top quality, well designed beds for your dog.
Often the below styles are available in other colors, fabrics &/or sizes.

Everything is linked for easy purchase:


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Halloween Dog Costumes

It’s that time of year to get ready for Halloween! We’ve curated a great selection of Halloween dog costumes for parades, parties, or just having fun.  We’re thankful our dogs put up with us for putting them in costumes at this time of year and they enjoy a fun outing meeting loads of other dogs (who also put up with their parents’ Halloween craziness). It’s all in good fun!

Check out some of these cute & funny costumes:

Halloween Dog Hot Dog Costume Halloween Dog Red Football Jersey Dog Costume Halloween Dog Pirate Dog Costume
Wonder Woman dog tuxedo
Crayola Blue Dog Costume The Pope Dog Costume Pumpkin Dog Costume

 

Super cute Animal Planet Halloween Costumes for Fido!

You can even dress your pup up as a shark not only for Halloween, but also for Shark Week! Check out all of the very cute Animal Planet Halloween Costumes:

Lion Dog Costume - animal planet halloweenWooly Mammoth - animal planet halloweenZebra Dog CostumeTriceratops Dog CostumeRaptor Dog CostumeButterfly Dog Costume542a081c158abAnimal Planet Peacock Dog CostumeBat Dog CostumeAnimal Planet Stegosaurus Dog costumeHammerhead Shark Dog Costumeanimal planet

Top Dog Water Fountains

It’s important your dog gets enough water. If your dog isn’t drinking enough, a dog water fountain might put him more in the mood. Not to mention, it’s quite relaxing to hear the flow of water not just for your dog, but for you too.

Here are our Top Dog Water Fountains:

All linked for easy shopping

drinkwell dog water fountain Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
We wanted to start off this list with a top rated, classic favorite, the Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain. With its 5-inch falling stream of water the fountain continually aerates the water and encourages your dog to drink more. A charcoal filter also removes bad tastes and odors giving your dog a very appealing way to stay hydrated.
PetSafe Multi-Tier Dog Fountain
The Multi-Tier Dog Water Fountain provides your dog with 100 ounces of fresh, filtered water. The free-falling stream aerates his water, and an activated carbon filter removes bad tastes and odors, helping your dog stay hydrated and healthy.
Drinkwell Red Dog Water Fountain Drinkwell Red Stoneware Pagoda Fountain
One of the most stylish dog water fountains we’ve seen. It’s a beautiful red ceramic design and will look great in your home. Please note, it’s for small dogs. The upper and lower dishes provide two drinking areas for pets, and the dual free-falling streams aerate the water for freshness, which encourages your dog to drink more.
Dogit Dog Water Fountain Hagen Dogit Design Fresh and Clear Dog Drinking Fountain
The Dogit Fresh & Clear Drinking Fountain provides your dog with a continuous source of fresh-tasting, filtered water that will encourage your dog to drink more water. This BPA free dog water fountain is designed with multi-stage filtration that collects debris, food, hair and sediment. The fountain is elevated to provide a better drinking position–ideal for larger breeds.
naturespa 2 NatureSPA Premium UV Pet Fountain
For the dog that deserves the latest in technology, UV natureSPA Fountain is a state of the art, modern pet fountain. Designed for smaller dogs, the water fountain offers Ultra Violet water filtration, a low water shut-off and a blue LED light for nighttime visibility. Water flows at a set rate through UV chamber to maintain the UV cleaning power reducing micro-organisms and bacteria and resulting in high quality clean, clear water.