Outdoor Gear for Your Dog

Outdoor Gear for Your Dog

Make sure your pup is ready for his belay with the Ruffwear DoubleBack Harness. With this handy piece of equipment, dogs can reach new heights (literally) with increased safety, comfort and convenience. The harness is strength rated up to 2,000 pounds. It has padded belly support and an adjustable frame and leg loops  for the best possible fit.

Try your hand at canicross or skijoring and get your leash-shy dog some exercise with the Skijor Dog Belt. The bungee side straps mean you'll have a smooth ride and the foam padding helps your dog stay comfortable. After a day on the trails, you can simply toss the belt into the washer and dryer.


The Springer Dog Exerciser will help you make the transition from jogging to biking with your pet. It was previously difficult (and dangerous) to attach your dog to your bike. However, Springer came up  with a few key features to make your ride both safe and fun. Because the Exercise automatically adjusts to your dog, you can keep your hands on the handlebars at all times, and a safety release makes sure you won't get crash when your companion stops to sniff a bush on the opposite side of a telephone pole.

If you're planning to put in long, fast miles, the DoggyRide trailer will help you bring your pet along. The frame, made out of aluminum alloy, is eight pounds lighter than other models and can hold a dog that weighs up to 100 pounds. The Trailer includes a kickstand for additional stability for loading. With a back door for water, a comfortable headrest and a front layer designed to keep out rain and dust, your dog will stay comfy.

With this handy piece of equipment, your dog won’t have to wait for you on shore. Surfah Dog is the only dog-specific surf brand created by a professional surfer and surfboard manufacturer. The board comes in several bright colors and its safety features include spongy construction and rubber fins. A strategically placed handle will help you pull your pup through the surf or help your dog bring the board back to the beach. These boards are popular with Puppy Prodigies, who use them for their SURFice Dog Initiative. The life jacket featured in this photo is from Dogs Nite Out.

So your pup now has her very own surfboard and you two are ready to hit the waves together, except... the water’s chilly. You’ve got your wetsuit, and now she’s got hers thanks to the Doggie Glove by Monkey Daze. This snug neoprene suit mimics its people counterpart (taking the tail region into account) with four sleeves and a zipper to keep your pal warm. Sizes range from XXS for your tiny terrier to XXL for dogs up to 45 pounds. Dock Dogs can help you suit up your larger pets with their SkyPilot wetsuit.

Even the strongest swimmer needs a life vest when paddling downriver, and the same goes for dogs. Ruffwear makes the K-9 Float Coat so your canine companion can safely curl up in your canoe or perch at the bow of your paddleboard. The life jacket has a handle for easy rescue and a profile that allows for a natural “doggie paddle.”

Doggles are just what they sound like, and they’re not just for fashion. Whether taking your pal on a dusty trail or out into the snow, these will keep debris and UV rays out of her eyes. They’re no joke either: military dogs used them in Iraq and canines with eye injuries may benefit from the extra protection.

Why pay a pet-sitter to feed and walk your dog while you’re on a multi-day backcountry excursion? Dogs love the outdoors as much as you do, so bring them along and don’t worry about the extra weight. Ruffwear’s Palisades Pack lets them carry up to two liters of water and has pockets for other things you might want to bring along, like treats or a collapsible water bowl.

Ranging in size from 9 to 21 pounds, the HoundHouse Portable Dog Kennel isn’t the lightest addition to your pack, but it will give your buddy somewhere comfortable to sleep outside of your already cramped tent. This collapsible weatherproof dog house is raised off the ground to allow airflow and prevent fleas from breeding, and the largest model can hold up to 170 pounds of pure hound.