Outdoor essentials: gifts for dogs and dog lovers

Looking for serious gear for the true outdoors-dog? Check out our suggestions for hikers, campers, and nature lovers — and their participating pups.

Ultimate Trail Pack

Outdoor Gear Trail Pack

Perfect for day hikes or longer backpacking trips. RC Pet Products’ Ultimate Trail Pack is lightweight, yet roomy enough to carry everything your pet needs and more. Features include adjustable, detachable panniers, webbing gear loops, an opening for poo bags and sectioned interior compartments tokeep your dog’s load stable.

H2O4K9 Water Bottles

The über mod-looking H2O4K9 is a light-weight, stainless steel water bottle with a twist off cap that doubles as a water bowl. Durable and stylish, the H2O4K9 is made from 100% recyclable materials, holds 25 oz. of water, and comes in 8 cool colors. An ideal gift for dogs on the go.

H2O4K9 Water Bottles

Paracord Dog Collars

Paracord Dog Collar

The Paracord Dog Collar by Survival Straps is thick, durable, stylish, and handmade in the U.S.A. And if you’re ever in a bind, the collar unravels into a durable military grade paracord. Have your pet’s military spec dog tag woven into the collar or simply hang it from from the d-ring.

Ruffwear Dog Bed

At 14 ounces, the Ruff Wear Highlands Bed from Backcountry K-9 is one of the lightest of its kind. It comes with its own stuff sack, is compressible, durable, water resistant and rolls up to be roughly the size of a Nalgene water bottle. Perfect for your dog to carry in his own pack.

Ruff Wear Highlands Bed

Waterbone Dog Sprinkler

Waterbone Dog Sprinkler

A bone shaped sprinkler specifically designed with our canine friendsin mind, the Waterbone sprinkler by Sukia Pet Toys, is made from recycled plastic, is non-toxic, durable and attaches to an ordinary garden hose. A fun summertime activity for hot dogs.