Throughout the year, we test tons of great dog gear on our adventures throughout the South: outdoor-worthy leashes, collars, toys, camping beds, backpacks, dog cooling vests, and harnesses. And we’ve wrapped our favorites into our 2018 Outdoor Gift Guide to make gift giving easy for the outdoor-loving dogs on your list. Find the perfect gifts for dogs – or treat your own canine buddy with some new gear!
Looking for a great hike with your four-footed hiking buddy? Check out our favorite dog-friendly trails near Atlanta and Georgia’s best hikes for dogs for some of our favorite canine-worthy hikes in the South.
Ruffwear Slackline Leash
This durable, adjustable-length leash features a swivel clip to help prevent tangles, and a adjustable-length handle that can be clipped to our waist for hands-free holding. The Slackline’s handle is well-padded: it makes handling a high-energy, squirrel-crazy puppy like Jake much more manageable. Great color variety, too!
KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN
4Knines Luxury Cargo Liner
Jake loves to join us on every adventure, but usually manages to brings wet fur, mud, and trail grit along as well. The 4Knines Luxury Cargo Liner is the perfect way to keep our SUV in presentable condition. The liner is soft, comfortable, and easy to clean – and it folds up neatly for quick, compact storage when Jake isn’t tagging along. It’s quilted and nicely padded, too, to offer a comfy ride on bumpy gravel forest roads. A no-slip backing and buckling straps helps keep it securely in place, and a fold-out flap helps prevent bumper scratches when Jake is jumping in and out of the car.
Ruff and Tumble
Ruffwear Top Rope Collar
This is, hands down, the best collar we’ve used. It’s super durable and well made, with an easy-clasp metal leash attachment. And we love the Top Rope’s thoughtful design details, like the rubber tag silencer and reflective trim. It’s survived hundreds of miles on the trail, hundreds of swims in rivers and lakes, dozens of dunks in mud puddles, and it’s still looking prime and pristine. It’s one exceptional collar.
Ruffwear Jet Stream Cooling Vest
Jake, our black lab, loves to hit the trail as much as we do, but he’s quick to overheat during our hot southern summer adventures. The Ruffwear Jet Stream provides a light weight spandex top panel that shades Jake’s back, and a sponge-like chest panel that wets down to cool his core through evaporation. It’s a new, lighter-weight version of our other favorite, the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler, for adventures that don’t require the Swamp Cooler’s super-cooling.
TurboPUP Trail Bars
Jake’s review: YUM. Our review: keeping your dog fueled on-trail is a cinch with these grain-free dog energy bars that are made in Oregon and sourced from human-quality ingredients. Forget the messy bags of kibble: these packaged bars are mess-free (and apparently delicious, too!).
WARM & TOASTY
Kurgo Loft Dog Jacket
Jake loves a wintertime adventure – but gusty winds and snowy trails can leave him shivering. He absolutely loves his Loft Jacket from Kurgo! It keeps him toasty warm and on the move. The jacket is made of high quality waterproof Microtomic ripstop nylon, with a Polytech fill, and is machine washable for easy clean-up. Adventure pup approved!
Dog Cooling Jacket
Ruffwear Swamp Cooler
Jake, our Labrador Retriever pup, loves nothing more the trail! But he struggles with the heat and humidity of our Georgia summers. We used the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler this summer, and were blown away by the results. The Swamp Cooler is a jacket that acts like a giant sponge; when wet, it keeps him cool, thanks to water evaporation. The light color of the vest also reflects the sun’s heat, which is especially great for a dog with black fur.
Kurgo Tossing Disc
Jake is four, but still has endless puppy energy – and LOVES a good game of frisbee. The Tossing Discs from Kurgo are made of tough material that holds up well to Jake’s abuse, and the bright colors make them easy to find in the yard.
RUN WITH THE PACK
Kurgo Springback Lite Dog Leash
Jake loves a morning run as much as we do! The Kurgo Springback Lite running leash is a great way for us both to enjoy our morning routine. The leash is ultra light, and has just the right amount of stretch to avoid jerking (SQUIRREL!!!) during our run.
Ruffwear Bivy Pet Bowl
After testing a number of portable dog water bowls, we’ve found our favorite. Ruffwear’s Bivy Bowl is extremely lightweight, durable, and packs small to quench Jake’s thirst wherever our adventures take us. And the coated-canvas construction dries quickly, perfect for a re-stash in our packs after a quick drink.
Flowfold Trailmate Dog Leash
We’re huge fans of reclaimed and recycled materials – and when we found out the Trailmate Dog Leash was made from reclaimed scraps of safety rope, we were full-on sold. This sturdy 5’ leash keeps Jake, our adventure pup, securely under control while we’re out chasing adventures.
Zuke’s Mini Naturals Dog Treats
There’s just something about these mini treats that make Jake go crazy. Maybe it’s the smell, maybe it’s the taste… whatever it is, we’ll take his word for it! They’re wheat, corn and soy free – and at only 3.5 calories per treat, we can give him a few without worry.
HYDRATION ON THE GO
Kurgo Gourd Water Bottle and Bowl
The all-in-one Kurgo Gourd Water Bottle and Bowl make staying hydrated on the trail easy. The bowl detaches from the bottom of bottle quickly and easily for a mid-hike water break – and the hard-shell design helps prevent spills.
Ruffwear Track Jacket
This brightly colored, lightweight dog jacket provides extra visibility in low-light situations. It’s great for early morning runs – and great for hikes in the wilderness during hunting season, too. And the Track Jacket’s athletic fit covers well, but gives plenty of room for motion – great for a pup on the go.
Ruffwear Urban Sprawl Bed
Six inches of lofty comfort stuff the inside of this plush dog bed that’s equally at home in our bedroom, at a campsite and in our office. Jake loves the adjustable comfort of the Urban Sprawl, from firm to soft with a flip of the bed. We love the built-in carrying handle that makes transportation a cinch, and the bed’s removable cover that makes cleanup easy.
Running with the Pack
Ruffwear Singletrak Pack
Forget the bulky packs that make tight trails a difficult pass: Ruffwear’s Singletrak dog hydration pack is low-profile, allowing Jake to squeeze through tight spaces without trouble. And tough, durable canvas construction has held up flawlessly to Jake’s rambunctious romps on trail.
WHO’S READY FOR A SWIM?
Kurgo Skipping Stones
A fun take on fetch in the water! Jake is quite the water dog – and will swim for hours. These durable, rubber, stone-shaped toys are a fun alternative to a tennis ball – and provide hours of skipping fun at the lake.
Let them choose!
REI Gift Card
What’s not to love about an REI gift card?! With a huge selection of top outdoor brands, envy-worthy gear and a staff of outdoor-loving experts, it’s like an outdoor gear paradise. Not sure what to gift this year? Let them decide!