Top 7 Essentials for Hiking With Your Dog

Top 7 Essentials for Hiking With Your Dog

Katie Katie
6 minute read

With summer just around the corner, many of us will be taking our dogs to the great outdoors. From exploring new places, taking in the fresh air and maintaining your general health, hiking with your dog is an excellent way to keep fit.

Your dog will also feel the benefit from a hike with their best friend! Not only is hiking physically and mentally stimulating for your dog, it also helps keep your dog in tip top shape. Hiking is one of the best ways for dogs to build muscle mass, combat obesity and prevent joint problems.

A well-prepared hiker knows that before hitting the trail, you must prepare all the essentials that will keep you safe, and it's equally important to ensure your pooch is safe! From specialised Ruffwear gear, to the everyday necessities, below are our top 7 essentials for a successful hike with your dog.

1. Water Bowl - Collaps-a-bowl by Kurgo

Ensure that you bring along a bottle of water and an easy-to-carry water bowl. Dogs are prone to dehydration in the hotter weather, and so it is important they have consistent access to water. The ideal bowl should be easy to pack and lightweight.

For on the trail, we would recommend the Kurgo Collaps-a-bowl. This award-winning bowl is available in a range of colours, at an affordable price! The Collaps-a-bowl holds 710ml of water when popped out, but it can also pack down flat to only 2.6cm high. This makes it easy to store and carry on the trail, and it even comes with a clip to attach to a hiking belt or dog saddlebag.

Kurgo - Collaps-a-bowl

Kurgo - Collaps-a-bowl

£9.99

Just pack it, pop it, and pour This dog bowl is so compact, versatile, and indispensable, it gets not only a name that's a pun, but also a generous helping of alliteration. It's won numerous awards (none of them for… read more

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2. A Designated Hiking Leash - Hitch Hiker Leash by Ruffwear

Hands-free dog leads are perfect for hikes, keeping your hands free on the trail for support and balance. It can also help with scaling a particular steep hill!
Ideally, your hiking leash will also be extendable. This allows your dog to roam in safe areas, while also keeping them under control. This also allows you to bring them in closer near hazardous areas, such as cliffsides or rivers.

The perfect blend of these two qualities in a hiking lead is the Hitch Hiker by Ruffwear. Made with kernmantle climbing rope, this lead is extra durable and well suited to the trail. It's extendable up to 12 feet, allowing your pooch to roam freely in open spaces. The Hitch Hiker can be used hands-free, hand held or can even be secured to a post for those much-needed breaks! For easy transport, the Hitch Hiker packs down into a bag. 

Ensure you still bring along a spare lead - anything can happen on the trail, and your dog's safety comes first!

Ruffwear - Hitch Hiker Leash *New for 22*

Ruffwear - Hitch Hiker Leash *New for 22*

£67.45

Stay in control whilst allowing your dog an excellent range of movement with Ruffwear’s Hitch Hiker Leash Made from a blend of durable, reflective, and supple kernmantle rope that provides a strong grip and a comfortable walking experience for both… read more

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3. Poo Bags - Scented or Unscented Poop Bags by Earth Rated

As a dog parent, I'm sure you don't go for a walk without arming yourself with poop bags - it's important to remember to bring a supply of poop bags out on your hike too! Dog poop is high in nitrogen and phosphorus, which can have the opposite effect of fertiliser, and it can take up to a year to fully break down. You don't want to ruin that scenic route you love so much, do you?

The Poop Bags by Earth Rated are 100% leak-proof, preventing any nasty accidents. They are designed to block the smell, ensuring you don't smell of poop until you find the nearest bin! The poop bags are also available in a lavender scent, disguising the smell. These are some of the most environmentally-friendly poop bags on the market, being made with EPI additive technology to help break them down.

Earth Rated - Poop Bags (120 or 315 - Scented or Unscented Options)

Earth Rated - Poop Bags (120 or 315 - Scented or Unscented Options)

£5.99

Earth Rated dog waste bags are made with EPI additive technology which helps them break down 100% Leak-Proof Guarantee leaves a 0% chance you’ll experience any dreaded poop-to-hand contact. These extra-thick bags can hold any size poop securely and are… read more

4. Dog Saddlebag - Palisades Pack by Ruffwear

For dogs who are well-used to the trail, completing a hike wearing a dog saddlebag is a great workout and can help build muscle. Additionally, for breeds who love a job to do, wearing a dog saddlebag can help them focus and provide mental stimulation. For puppies or senior dogs, even an empty saddlebag will make them feel they're doing a job for you!

If you plan on hiking a great distance, the Ruffwear Palisades pack is the perfect choice. It's the largest Ruffwear pack, and is designed especially for thru-hikes and multi-day trips. It features roomy, radial cut saddlebags and a cross-load compression system, allowing your pup to carry a load comfortably.

Ruffwear - Approach Pack *New for 22*

Ruffwear - Approach Pack *New for 22*

£107.95

The Approach Pack is an everyday dog pack with excellent performance, fit, and functionality It provides dogs with the ability to efficiently carry a load, generating instant four-legged motivation to explore. The integrated harness enhances fit, pack stability, and overall… read more

5. Canine First Aid - First Aid Bag by Kerbl

As a seasoned hiker, you know that minor injuries are all too common on the trail. The same goes for your dog. Rough terrain can be tough on your dog's paws, and insects like ticks are always a possibility. 

The Kerbl First Aid Bag comes with all your pup's first aid essentials. This handy kit contains 5 plaster strips for any minor cuts, and tick tweezers for extracting any unwanted passengers. 

6. Treats - Busy Day Bar by Edgard Cooper

Don't forget to pack some tasty treats for your pooch. We would recommend picking something nutritious, offering them to your dog regularly. It's ideal to feed your pooch small amounts at a time, to prevent any discomfort or injury caused by a full stomach.

The Edgard & Cooper Busy Bars are bite-sized and designed for adventures. Packed with energy-rich protein and grain-free, these handy treats are lightweight and don't take up much room in a satchel or saddlebag.

Edgard Cooper - Dog On The Go Bar Duck and Chicken 25g

Edgard Cooper - Dog On The Go Bar Duck and Chicken 25g

£1.49

Edgard Cooper, grain-free busy day bar with duck, chicken, broccoli, peas & carrot - 25g … read more

7. Toys - Pacific Ring & Loop by Ruffwear

Picture this - you reach the top of that particularly steep hill, you're exhausted and down for the count for the next 30 minutes (or so), but somehow your furry friend is still full of boundless energy! That's why it's important to pack a lightweight toy to keep your pup entertained on that much needed snack break.

Ruffwear's Pacific Ring and Pacific Loop toys are perfect for on-the-trail playtime. Both toys are built for rigorous play and interactive by design, being able to be used for tugging or fetch games. The Ring can be folded up for easy storage, and both toys are lightweight for carrying. 

Ruffwear - Pacific Loop

Ruffwear - Pacific Loop

£26.05

For handlers of avalanche rescue dogs, the Pacific Loop is a tool that motivates and rewards canines in training and at work Two grab handles keep hands clear of eager mouths and the strong tug pad, making for a rewarding… read more

Ruffwear - Pacific Ring

Ruffwear - Pacific Ring

£26.05

For dogs whose love language is play, the Pacific Ring speaks volumes Its versatile design engages a range of play styles – especially zealous fetchers and tuggers. Interactive by design, the Pacific Ring’s high-tenacity rope establishes a tug-worthy build and a flexible,… read more

 

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