Hiking with Dogs

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One of our favorite things to do as a family is to go hiking with our dogs. We love getting out, exploring nature, and soaking up some Vitamin D as well as peace and quiet! The dogs love the off leash freedom, room to explore, and all the smells. Oh the smells!

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Our favorite is when we’re able to take a weekend and backpack in somewhere, camp the night, and backpack out the next day. Our dogs LOVE sleeping in a tent which makes it a fun experience for all. They’re always exhausted from the actual hike and are great little campers- happy to stay close, resting on their beds until we turn in for the night.

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Regardless of weather we’re going for a day-hike, or a backpacking/camping trip we always make sure to pack plenty of water. The dogs always drink more than you think they might.

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Over Memorial Day weekend, we took a backpacking/camping excursion to Eastern Oregon. Ruby, a friends Portuguese Water Dog came with us for the trip. It was her first time, and she was a little rockstar. One of the dogs favorite part of ‘breaking camp’ the next morning was their breakfast time! They all had bigger appetites from our long hike the day before-something to account for when packing. We made sure to feed treats sporadically during the hike up and down to keep their energy sustained.

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Bear often wears his green dog pack with treats in it. When we hike in the summer we’ll put ice packs inside to keep him cool. Scooter alternates between running, being carried, and riding in his dog pack. With his limited range of motion in his back legs he is starting to get tired more quickly.

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Did we mention that packing your own water is essential yet?! We often bring two bottles for the dogs, plus a camelbak for ourselves to be sure that everyone is covered.

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What we pack for hiking with dogs:

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Do you enjoy hiking with your dogs? What do you pack and how do you prepare to enjoy an outdoor adventure together? 





Sleepypod Clickit Harness {Product Review}

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Do your dogs enjoy going for a car ride? Bear & Scooter love nothing more than to go for a ride in the car. 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days in the car- they don’t care- it’s all an adventure in their world! But what about keeping our dogs safe while logging all those miles behind the wheel?

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Scooter’s been riding in the car in style for awhile now, in his amazing Sleepypod Mini. I can’t even tell you the peace of mind it provides me, knowing my little bean isn’t just rolling around in the back seat at the mercy of every bump, & turn. My hubby and I joke that it’s his personal ‘roll cage’ that would keep him nice and safe if we were ever in an accident.

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Bear on the other hand has been ‘loose’ in the car for all of the 11 years we’ve had him. As we continue to take them more and more places with us, the need for a good seatbelt for him keeps emerging. There are plenty of dog restraint systems out on the market to choose from, but I’d never been convinced that any of them were actually worth the money or that they would work to restrain Bear if we were ever in a car accident. Many of them just looked so cheap and breakable! So instead I did nothing…. Except wait for the geniuses at Sleepypod to come up with a solution to my problem ;)

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They did. It’s called the Sleepypod Click It Harness, and it is awesome. If I could only use one word to describe it I’d have to choose QUALITY. So impressive. The Clickit harness is made from ballistic nylon and strength rated hardware & webbing. Me saying that it’s durable is almost an understatement.

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As you can see, the chest portion is super padded, for your dogs’ ultimate comfort. This is a harness & car restraint system (seatbelt) in one which is extremely handy for days that we take a trip over to the dog park, or go hiking. Bear can wear the click it harness for all of our regular activities, and then he just has to pop in the car as usual, and the only added step is that we buckle him in. We took some extra time to get the harness fitted right, and the tethers adjusted to the proper length, but after that initial time investment it’s been ready to go.

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The Sleepypod Click It harness has three points of attachment to keep your dog super safe while riding in the car. An adjustable side tether (both sides), and the seatbelt provides a third contact point. Bear is able to lay down and sit up when he is tethered into the car safely which makes him a very happy boy!

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The Sleepypod Clickit has an advantage over traditional one-point dog safety harnesses because it reduces damaging forces and keeps your dogs upper and lower torso restrained. The harness’ seat belt webbing absorbs the force and promotes even distribution to lessen the chance of injury.

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The Clickit harness is available in several sizing options & three different colors. If you don’t see the size for your pet- just know that they’re working diligently behind the scenes to provide both sizes for extra large, and extra small pups so everyone can take advantage of this amazing harness/seatbelt. Very small pets, like Scooter, should be secured in the car in a crash-tested carrier like the sleepypod mini, atom, or air.

The Clickit Utility dog safety harness was named the 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness in a collaborative study (Subaru of America & Center for Pet Safety) to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses marketed with safety claims.

Disclaimer: Sleepypod provided SheSpeaksBark with a Sleepypod Clickit Utility harness to use for this review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible!