Gear For Dogs
Dan A. Nelson
March 27, 2012
Filed under Misc. Camping Gear
Stunt Puppy Dry Collar
It seems that no matter the environment, active dogs find ways to get wet. Wet dogs mean wet collars, and standard nylon webbing tends to grow smelly bacteria after a few days of dampness. The dog-loving designers at Stunt Puppy eliminated the stink-factor by coating the webbing of these collars with thin, malleable urethane. This creates a light, comfortable collar that is fully waterproof and odor-resistant. The leash ring has also been moved to the top of the collar, opposite the release buckle, so when the buckle settles under the dog’s neck, the D-ring attachment point is positioned at the back of the neck for easy access. $20.99. Stunt Puppy, 888-265-5006, www.stuntpuppy.com.
Ruffwear Singletrak Pack
The days of freeloading trail dogs have ended. The Ruffwear Singletrak Pack proves just big enough for day hiking dogs to carry their own trail snacks and water. The Singletrak, available in three sizes, sports five points of adjustment for a perfect fit on just about any pup. The pack’s harness system includes padded sternum, chest and abdomen straps for a secure, comfortable fit. The pack comes complete with two half-liter Platypus-brand soft water bottles, which fit easily into the largest of the pockets on each side. The smaller pocket can be used for snacks or small first aid kits. $89.95. Ruff Wear, 888-783-3932, www.ruffwear.com.
OllyDog Lapper Bowl
Sure, any old butter tub can be pressed into service as a camp doggie bowl. A good collapsible camp bowl, though, can do double duty as its compact design allows it to be stashed in a car seat pocket (or even a jacket pocket for use on walks/hikes) for ready access during travel. OllyDog’s Lapper Bowl folds into a flat 5-inch by 3.5-inch package, but unfolds into a large 7.5-inch by 5-inch watertight rectangular bowl when your pup needs a drink. The Lapper comes in a variety of colors and patterns, too. $12. OllyDog, 510-540-7192, www.ollydog.com.
Ruffwear Portage Float Coat
When your camping plans include watersports, there’s a simple rule to live by: If you will be wearing a personal flotation device (PFD), then your dog should, too. The Portage Float Coat, available in six sizes, fits securely about your dog without hindering swimming movements. The Coat includes a stout webbing handle so you can assist dogs back into boats or up onto docks if they go into the drink. The coat provides flotation for even the largest dogs (the largest size fits dogs with chest girths up to 48 inches). $49.95. Ruffwear, 888-783-3932, www.ruffwear.com.
D-fa Dog Moon-Walker Jacket
Whether wandering campground loops, forest roads or community streets, camp dogs frequently share space with motor vehicles and other walkers. After dark, that means those other campers may not see the dog, and that can be a disaster. The Moon-Walker jacket from D-fa Dog solves that problem by make your dog highly reflective, and therefore easy to see in the dark. The lightweight shell, made from Schoeller Reflex materials, not only provides great visibility in low-light conditions, but it sheds light rain and snow. Available in five sizes, we found the jacket fit a wide range of dogs – from poodles to Bernese mountain dogs – with freedom of movement. $79.95. D-fa Dog, www.d-fa.com.
Mountainsmith K-9 Bed
Hard-charging campers who play all day need a comfy place to crash, whether they run on two legs or four. Dog campers will appreciate the deep 5-inch cushion of the Mountainsmith K-9 Bed. Built with a soft twill top cover and tear-resistant bottom, the 3-foot diameter hexagonal bed allows dogs to curl up or stretch out. Synthetic insulation means dogs will stay warm and comfortable even if the bed gets wet. Weighing a mere two pounds, the K-9 Bed can be packed into a 8-inch by 15-inch stuff sack for easy storage. $60. Mountainsmith, 800-551-5889, www.mountainsmith.com.