Outdoor Dog Gear Buying Guide

Written by: Andy Downs

Exploring the great outdoors is a healthy and enjoyable way to spend some quality time with your pup. But before you head out on your next adventure, it's important to pack the right outdoor dog gear. In this guide, we'll provide some practical tips for choosing functional, hardwearing outdoor dog gear that will keep your canine companion safe.

Some of the most popular and functional types of outdoor dog gear include harnesses, collars, backpacks, boots, water bottles and collapsible bowls, raincoats, cooling vests, and lifejackets. In the next section of this article, we'll take a closer look at each of these items.

Harnesses

A harness is a great option for pet owners who are looking for an alternative to a traditional collar. They are designed to distribute weight evenly across your dog's body, reducing strain on the neck and back. Harnesses also feature adjustable straps and easy-to-use buckles so they can be easily put on and taken off.

They are many different designs of harnesses to choose from, but we recommend choosing a harness that's comfortable, lightweight, durable, and easy to adjust. It's also a good idea to pick a harness that's brightly colored with reflective strips. When selecting a harness, make sure to measure your dog and check the manufacturer's sizing guide to ensure the perfect fit.

The Arcadia Trail Lightweight Harness is an excellent option for any dog owner who's looking for a lightweight, durable, and functional harness. It features front and back D-ring leash attachment points, high-visibility reflective piping, and a strong grab handle for convenience and safety. The well-made harness is also water-resistant and easy to clean.

Collars

A collar is a simple item of outdoor dog gear that helps you guide your dog and keep them close to you. A good collar should be brightly colored, durable, water-resistant, and easy to clean. You may also want to choose a reflective or LED collar for increased visibility at night.

Be careful not to pull too hard while using a collar because it's possible to injure your dog's neck. It's also important to choose a collar that's the correct size for your dog. The Arcadia Trail Waterproof Collar is made of high-visibility nylon webbing with a plastic non-porous coating. The stink-free collar does absorb water or attract bacteria that cause bad smells. It also features lightweight aluminum hardware, including a buckle, D-ring, and O-ring.

Backpacks

Backpacks for dogs are designed to carry outdoor essentials, including sunblock, treats, and a first aid kit. When using a dog backpack, please make sure not to let your dog carry more than 25% of their weight.

Backpacks are similar to harnesses, but they feature adjustable storage spaces. Some backpacks come complete with spaces for water bottles and small pockets for treats and toys. A good backpack should be strong, sturdy, and comfortable. It should also be fully adjustable with easy-to-use buckles.

When choosing a backpack, make sure it has ample storage space, a handle, and a sturdy leash ring. It's also a good idea to choose a backpack that's brightly colored and reflective for high visibility. Refer to the manufacturer's size and weight recommendations to decide on the best fit for your dog.

The Arcadia Trail Expandable Backpack Harness is lightweight and comfortable with two zippered, expandable saddlebags. It fits your dog securely while offering plenty of room to store treats, waste bags, a first aid kit, and more. The backpack is made from water-repellent fabric and breathable mesh. It also features an easy leash attachment point and built-in waste bag dispenser for dogs on the go.

Boots

You keep your feet protected outdoors, so why not do the same for your dog? Boots are perfect for dogs that hike, run, bike, and explore with their owners. They can be worn year-round, but are especially useful in extreme temperatures.

Boots are designed to protect your dog's paws from hot or cold surfaces, twigs, thorns, broken glass, and even crawling insects. Dog boots are not just fashion items, they are designed with lightweight, breathable fabrics that are comfortable enough to be worn all day long. Many dog boots also feature quick-drying, water-resistant material, durable rubber soles, and straps that help keep the boots firmly in place.

Arcadia Trail Warm Weather Boots  protect your dog's paws from hot surfaces and terrain. The boots combine safety and comfort, with breathable mesh, non-skid bottoms, adjustable straps, and reflective trim. Ruffwear Grip Trex Boots are also perfect for outdoor adventures. They feature a sturdy and durable Vibram non-marking outsole and reflective trim to ensure visibility in low light.

Water Bottles & Collapsible Bowls

A water bottle and collapsible bowl are essential items for any outdoor trip. Choose a water bottle and bowl that are portable, lightweight, and made from safe, non-toxic materials. Water bottles and bowls should also be easy to clean, easy to dry (to prevent mold growth), well designed, and lightweight. If your dog is an aggressive chewer, you might want to avoid silicone bowls.

The Arcadia Trail Collapsible Bowl is available in 8 oz or 16 oz sizes. It can be used for both water and food, and is lightweight and easy to clean. The Arcadia Trail 2-in-1 water bottle with bowl is also an excellent option. It has a 27 oz capacity that can hold enough water for a long journey, and is designed to prevent spills or leaks. The bottle is made from durable stainless steel, while the flip bowl is made from silicone.

Raincoats

Make sure you're prepared for bad weather by packing a raincoat for your dog. Raincoats help prevent your dog's fur from becoming wet and muddy while you're exploring the great outdoors. There are a wide variety of designs to choose from, and many raincoats include handy features such as detachable hoods and a reflective trim.

A good raincoat should be lightweight, water and abrasion-resistant, highly visible, and adjustable. Check the manufacturer's size chart to help you decide on the perfect fit for your dog. The Arcadia Trail High Visibility Raincoat is made with waterproof and ripstop material. It comes with a built-in name tag and storage bag, and is available in 6 sizes to fit most dogs.

Cooling Vests

Cooling vests are perfect for hikes, road trips, and short strolls during the hot summer. They are designed to protect your dog against heat stress and are especially helpful for thick-coated dogs. Cooling vests make use of an evaporative process – most vests feature a 3-layer cooling system; a comfortable inner layer that pulls surface heat away from the skin, a middle layer that holds water, and a wicking outer layer that facilitates evaporation. 

So, how do cooling vests work? Simply wet the vest with water and place it on your dog. As the vest heats up in the sun, the water evaporates creating a cooling effect. Look for a vest that's lightweight, breathable, well designed, and durable. A good cooling vest should also feature a sturdy leash attachment point. The Arcadia Trail Cooling Vest comes in 6 sizes, with a storage bag and a built-in name tag. It also offers visibility at night with a reflective trim and webbing.

Life Jackets

A life jacket is a floatation device that's indispensable for boating, kayaking, or paddling trips. Irrespective of whether your dog is a good swimmer or not, it makes sense to invest in a life jacket.

A good life jacket will help keep your dog afloat and make them visible in case of an emergency. Life jackets for dogs are similar to those designed for humans. In addition, they feature sturdy handles which make it easy for you to safely pull your dog out of the water. Some life jackets even have a leash ring so you can exercise control over your dog. You also get adjustable straps for securing the life jacket to your dog, and quick-snap buckles that make it quick and easy to strap on and slip off the jacket.

A good life jacket should be lightweight, comfortable, durable, and made from abrasion-resistant materials. It should also be highly visible, even in dim light. Always check the manufacturer's size and weight recommendations when choosing a life jacket for your pup.

The Arcadia Trail High Visibility Red Life Jacket is a must-have for the active water dog. The bright fluorescent collar and reflective trim offer visibility day or night. The jacket features two layers of foam for maximum buoyancy. It's made from durable ripstop material, with woven fabrics that are resistant to tearing or ripping. The well-designed life jacket also features a sturdy leash attachment point and rescue handle.

We hope you enjoyed our outdoor dog gear buying guide. Please make sure to stay safe and have fun while enjoying the outdoors with your dog. And don't forget to pack essential items, such as bug repellent, sunscreen, and water.

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