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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 Cooling Vests – Great for Summer

It’s hot this summer and it doesn’t hurt to have a variety of ways to cool down your pooch. If you’re out for longer walks or taking a hike, it’s great to use a dog cooling vest.

How does it work?

Typically you dip in water (preferably cold water), wring dry and it helps to cool down your dog. Remember, most of your dog’s sweat glands are located around its paw pads. Dogs don’t really have sweat glands on on their torsos, so the cooling vest brings that cooling action like sweat would for humans. If the cooling vest is dipped in cold water, all the better.

Here are 2 great Dog Cooling Vest options:

All linked for easy shopping

ruffwear swamp cooler Ruffwear “Swamp Cooler” Cooling Vest for Dogs
The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler uses natural evaporative cooling to keep your dog cool. Soak it in cold water, wring it out, and fasten around your dog. Evaporative cooling exchanges the dog’s heat as water evaporates from the coat’s reservoir. It’s light color is designed to reflect heat from the sun.
Hurtta Dog Cooling Vest
Dip in cold water – wring dry – cool down! Cools and gives your dog a feeling of comfort on hot days. Protects the heart region and chest, vital for circulation. This cooling vest has double the absorption capacity in comparison with terry cloth coats.

 

EzyDog – Award Winning Active Dog Products

EzyDog Cujo

The Cujo Leash

We fell in love with EzyDog when we saw their leashes. From just looking at their products, you can see that they build their dog products based on sports technology!

We also love that they incorporated zero shock technology into their leashes as we’ve all experienced that horrible jerk at the spotting of a squirrel. EzyDog also has come up with some other great leash variations from the coupler (2 dogs on one leash) to the multi-function vario.
We got the opportunity to interview EzyDog to get more of an inside look of their company and inspirations:

Tell us about EzyDog and how the company got started.

Brothers, Phil and Luke Hatcher, from Australia originally started out in the water sports industry. At the same time, John Hatcher (not related) was working for a major water-ski manufacturer in the USA. Sharing the same last name in the same small industry eventually got them introduced. Phil, Luke and John’s experience in this industry and love of dogs sparked the idea to combine the best of both worlds, which inspired the original shock absorbing leash – the Cujo.

EzyDog Neo Collar

EzyDog Neo Collar

They saw that materials from the water sports world work well for the dog market. For instance, neoprene is a very durable material that does not absorb oils so it does not get stinky like a typical nylon collar. The Cujo leash was the first product to be introduced to the pet industry and started what would eventually become EzyDog.

EzyDog officially began about 10 years ago and has developed into a highly technical, full line of dog products that focus on function, durability and unique designs. The focus has been to enhance the outdoor experience with our dogs.

EzyDog Convert Harness

Convert Harness

Tell us more about the materials used to make EzyDog products?

We make our own webbing, which allows us to more closely monitor the consistency and quality. We end up with a webbing that is super soft and extremely strong and durable. We use materials such as Neoprene for padded comfort, easy to clean and absorbs less stink than traditional materials. We also use EVA to form to the dog’s body for truly a custom fit. These “outside the box materials” make a superior product.

Summit Backpack

Summit Backpack

What are your most popular products?

Our Chest Plate and Quick Fit Harnesses along with our shock absorbing leashes are really popular. The combination of these with your pup can truly transform your walking/running experience. Our DFD (Doggy Floatation Device) and Summit Backpack continue to be popular as well. We attribute these items popularity with the ease of use and the problem solving features these items provide.

Road Runner Leash

Road Runner Leash

Tell us about the Road Runner leash.

The Road Runner Leash is out and we’re are very excited about this leash. It incorporates our Zero Shock Technology, reflective trim for night-time safety and the hands-free adjustments make it perfect for running with you dog. Our proprietary webbing ensures a super soft leash that is just plain comfortable.

Zero Shock Leash

Zero Shock Leash

Some people might assume your products are only for large &/or tough dogs ?

While our active look may appear to cater to the medium and larger breeds, we actually make products for all shapes and sizes of dogs. The Sparky, as well as, our Lite range of leashes, use clips and webbing widths more appropriate for the smaller dogs.

EzyDog Vario Leash

EzyDog Vario Leash

This is also true of our collars and harnesses. We even have a Micro line of Life Vests. The Sparky weighs 3.9 oz while the Cujo (40 inch) weighs 6.0 oz. We do offer our Soft Trainer Leash, Vario 4 and Vario 6 leashes, as well as, couplers available in the Lite versions. Sometimes the little guys are the hardest to control and they need our products most!

A Frisbee Your Dog Will Love!

Soft bite floppy disc dog frisbee

Soft bite floppy disc dog frisbee in action!

The Soft Bite Floppy Disc dog frisbee is by far one of the most fun toys we got for our dog. It comes in different sizes so you can get the right size for your dog. Here’s why we love it:

  • It’s light, flexible and perfect for traveling.
  • It’s durable and ideal for playing fetch.
  • It floats! Yep – perfect for the pool. Dries out quickly.
  • We’ve used it as a quick water bowl. If you’re on a walk outside and need to give your dog a quick drink of water it comes in handy.
  • Our dog loves it!
dog frisbee

Lucky loves her frisbee!

Last summer, our dogsized fan, Lucky, was looking for some tough dog toys and we recommended the Soft Bite Floppy. It ended up being her favorite toy of the bunch! She’s tough on dog toys and the Soft Bite Floppy passed the test. Here’s an updated photo of Lucky with her favorite new toy, the Soft Bite Floppy dog frisbee!

What’s your dogs favorite toy? Let us know!