Compared to us backpack-toting gear haulers, dogs are remarkably self-sufficient. Most come pre-equipped with warm layers, excellent traction, and a capacity to drink whatever water they find. On longer trips, most can even haul their own stuff, plus a bit of yours. So what gear does your hiking Buddy really need?
You'll need to bring Buddy some food, whether it's meals or just motivational snacks. If you're providing a full meal, carry a container for feeding time. A variety of dog-specific, collapsible bowls are available (2-6 ounces, $10-$25); a Frisbee or Tupperware container also works well. If you're traveling somewhere with limited water, carry extra for Buddy—that same bowl can be used for drinking. Finally, carry a leash for situations when total canine control is essential or required...
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blog, written by Matt Heid.