The Summer's Best Hiking Gear for Your Dog

Those summer hikes with your dog are some of the best memories of the season. They’re even better when you have the right gear to make the experience enjoyable for both you and your pup.

The essentials, like food, water, and treats are a given, but there’s other gear that can ease stress and make the hike a more relaxed, exciting and fun experience for you and your dog.

As you map out the best trails and gear, be sure to check out this list of some of the season’s best products for your furry companion to ensure you’re fully prepared for anything Mother Nature may throw at you while you’re on the trail.


Zee.Dog FlyHarness

Reduced friction points equals more comfort for your dog on those long summer hikes. The Zee.Dog FlyHarness is a well-designed harness that’s ruggedly built for outdoor use while still lightweight enough for your pup’s comfort and mobility.

This harness is available in five different sizes with added adjustability on the neck and chest straps to achieve the perfect fit for any breed. As an added bonus the FlyHarness is minimalist and stylish, with six different color/style options.

Why we love it:

  • Minimal fabric and strap contact points, making the hiking experience much more comfortable
  • Made with highly breathable yet durable materials
  • Topside d-ring for leash attachment and a heavy duty handle
  • Attractive enough for everyday wear

Get it from Zee.Dog for $37.99 and up


Wilderdog PAWJAM Balm

Hours of hiking can be rough on your dog’s paws, especially if you’re traversing some rocky terrain. Wilderdog PAWJAM is a balm made from natural ingredients that helps keep your dog’s paw pads healthy, protected and moisturized.

The formula was developed in collaboration with FNGRJAM, a company that makes balms and salves for those of us who enjoy rock climbing. This balm is great to apply before, during or after lengthy hikes to make sure your dog’s paws are protected from the elements and to avoid cracking.

Why we love it:

  • No added scent and a neutral taste make it so dogs won’t lick their paws after application (if they do, it’s also non-toxic)
  • Small screw-top tin is easy to bring with you anywhere
  • Great ingredients like beeswax and mango butter make it protective and moisturizing without a greasy feel
  • Won’t stain the fabrics in your car

Get it from Wilderdog for $18.00


Ruffwear Roamer Dog Leash

When you and your dog are ready to roam the trails, you’re going to want a flexible leash like this to keep up with you. The best part of Ruffwear Roamer Dog Leash is its versatility: it can be used as a traditional handheld leash, worn hands-free around your waist, or secured around a tree.

Another fantastic feature for hiking is that the leash is made with stretch webbing that allows it to extend while absorbing pull-tension from your dog. Its anodized aluminum talon clip is super secure and on a swivel that allows for smooth movement.

Why we love it:

  • Versatility to use as a handheld leash, hands-free or as a line
  • Available in lengths up to 11 feet
  • Traffic handle for added control when needed
  • Has a loop to clip on bags, treats, or other accessories

Get it from REI for $44.95 and up


Tractive Waterproof GPS Dog Tracker

Those of you going on some serious wilderness hikes or multi-day camping trips may want to consider investing in a dog tracking device. The Tractive Waterproof GPS Dog Tracker is the best both in terms of performance and cost.

The Tractive is lightweight, waterproof, and is simple to both set up and use. Keep in mind that all worthwhile dog GPS trackers require a subscription for the GPS service. Tractive’s subscription costs are the lowest of the bunch, with plans as low as $5 per month when purchased annually.

If you’re a hiker who loves to let your dog roam off-leash, it may be worth considering this tracker.

Why we love it:

  • Lightweight device that attaches to any collar and is completely waterproof
  • Has a live tracking mode that gives location updates every 2-3 seconds
  • Sends you a notification if your dog wanders too far

Get it from Tractive for $49.99 for the device + subscription fees


The Airlift by Fido Pro

No matter how long your hike is, it’s always good to be prepared. The Airlift by Fido Pro is a genius, lightweight emergency dog sling that you can use to carry your dog in case they become injured or sick on the trail.

The Airlift comes in a number of different sizes that can accommodate dogs up to 150 pounds. It comes with a compact stuff sack that is altogether 8oz; this product is a no-brainer to bring along on the trail regardless of whether your hike is 3 hours or 3 days.

Why we love it:

  • Lightweight and packs down to less than the size of a water bottle
  • Made of strong, durable material
  • Innovative design that allows you to comfortably carry your dog in case of an emergency

Get it from Fido Pro from $79.00 and up


No matter where this summer takes you and your pup, you’ll now be well prepared!

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