I’m Thinking of Biking with my Dog, So Now What? – Part 2 / Gear

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Now that we’ve covered some of the basis of biking with your dog, let’s look at what equipment you will need to keep both you and your dog safe.  Before you begin, please make sure your dog is in good physical shape. They will be running for a prolonged period of time, so any small health issues can become bigger issues very quickly.  If you’re at all unsure if your dog can handle the stress, please check with your vet before you start biking with your dog.  Also, if your dog is under the age of 1, you really don’t want to put a lot of pressure on your dog’s muscular and skeletal system, as it’s still developing.  You can start teaching them to be comfortable next to a bike, and start teaching commands, but try and avoid having them run until they are over a year old.

OK, so now you’re ready to start, you’ll need to make sure you have the right equipment to keep both of your safe. So let’s dig in to the basics.

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What do you Need to Bring When Camping with a Dog?

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UPDATED: May 2018

I go camping with my dog, Sierra, multiple times every year, and each time it’s a new adventure.  I know she has as much fun, if not more, than we do when taking a trip to explore the great outdoors.  In my opinion, if you can bring your 4-legged friend along for the adventure, it makes the whole experience better for everyone involved.  If you’ve been thinking about taking your dog camping, try it out! Just make sure you are prepared.  Before you head outdoors, you’ll need to make sure you, and your dog, are prepared with the right equipment.  Planning starts before you even book the camping trip. When looking for a place to camp, it’s important to verify your dog is allowed in the campground.  The worst way to start a trip is to get to the campsite only to be turned away because you have your dog with you. Most National and State parks will allow dogs, but have different restrictions, always check before you plan a trip.  Once you get your trip booked, it’s time to start gathering everything you’ll need to make sure you dog stays safe and comfortable during your trip. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the essential gear that I’ve used while camping. Every trip is different(weather, terrain, length of trip, etc) so this is not an all inclusive list, but it’s a great starting point for the basics for most camping adventures.

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What Gear Should you Bring While Hiking with a Dog?

Updated May 2018

I wanted to do a quick write-up on all of the gear that Sierra, our dog, currently uses when we go on our hiking trips.  Just like you have probably heard about being prepared yourself before going out into nature, it’s just as important for your dog to be prepared as well.  This is not an all-inclusive list of everything you will need while hiking, because each hike is unique and requires different equipment based on length, terrain, weather, and much more.  However, everything on this list has been a huge help for us, and will hopefully give you some ideas on what to look for, so you too can be prepared before you go outdoors with your dog. Continue reading →