From packs to paw-wear, gear makes outback easier on pets

Some products to help you enjoy your hike with your four-legged buddy:

  • Doggie Packs: Lets your dog carry its own supplies. Packs come in different sizes for virtually any dog and can carry water, food, first-aid kit or waste. "We usually recommend that dogs not carry more than about 20 percent of their body weight," says Paul Reinshagen of REI. "Any more than that and they won't want to go."

  • Doggie boots: Mittenlike coverings with Velcro bands to protect your dogs paws form hot or rough surfaces. "Arizona is notorious for rocky and rugged terrain," Reinshagen says. "And burned pads are common injuries here."

  • Collapsible water bowl: Some dogs don't like to drink out of bottles. 

  • Pet Tracker: A battery powered, flashing red light that snaps on the dog's collar. An eye catching signal to help locate your dog at night.

  • Floatation devices: Sure, dogs can swim, but it can be a long way to shore from the middle of some lakes.

  • Other products include doggie power bars, collapsible Frisbees and hands-free leashes. Jamie DeBenedetto of the Canine Hiking Club of Arizona suggests that hikers carry a first-aid kit for their dogs, including a comb or pliers for cactus-spine removal and an adhesive bandage for wrapping wounds. Sunblock can protect the noses of some dogs.


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