Do you identify as an ‘active dog owner’? If so, we needn’t harp on the criticalness of dog walking. You’re aware of the physical, emotional, mental, and even social benefits it brings to both you and your fur kid.
It’s exercise, it’s quality time together, and it gives your dog the mental stimulation and fresh perspectives they crave. You’ve likely got the routine down to a science.
How, then, can you ‘up’ your dog-walking game—especially when you and your dog venture here, there, and everywhere?
Pushing through challenging climates or rugged conditions requires more gear than that of the standard suburban stroll. Do you have any of these items in your dog-walking ‘toolkit’? Are there any gaps in your inventory? Let’s get into it!
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Dog-Walking Bag For Dog-Walking Essentials
Ever wanted to keep all your walking accessories in one nifty, hands-free place? Stylish Hound’s Complete Adventure Kit is the perfect storage solution for long-term walks.
Save your designer handbag from outdoor wear and tear. This kit wraps around your waist like a ‘bum bag’, or rests on your shoulder like a handbag. (It comes with two straps of varying length, so you can switch between the former and latter formats to your heart’s content.)
It holds your dog accessories, as well as your human accessories in its separate internal compartments. Really, this is your essential dog accessory toolbox.
Strap on Stylish Hound’s Adventure Kit and get going! (Available in different colours.)
So, you heard us say ‘Complete Adventure Kit’. Yes, you can buy this dog-walking bag in individual pieces, but why not buy the complete experience?
This kit comes complete with 60 biodegradable poop bags and a doggy drink bottle: everything you’ll need for a longer adventure.
Feeling strapped (ha!) for cash? You can just buy the dog-walking bag minus the front pouch, poop bags, and doggy drink bottle. However, we would strongly advise having the latter two items on hand for longer-term walks, if you don’t already have these items in your dog-walking inventory.
The drink bottles in particular come in handy when there is no clean water available, and you want to ensure your dog is drinking from a safe water source.
Up-to-Date Identification (And Microchip)
Identification isn’t exactly dog-walking gear, but you can never underemphasise the importance of updated collar tags and microchips—especially if you’re taking your dog to unfamiliar environments.
If the unthinkable were to happen and your dog somehow slipped free, up-to-date identification would enhance the likelihood of them being found and returned, safe and sound.
It’s always best to have both tags and microchips. If the collar were to fall off, at least there would be back-up. On the other hand, a collar is an immediate sign that a dog is domestic and not a stray.
When we say ‘up-to-date’, we’re talking details such as your dog’s name, your mobile number, your address, and any of your dog’s medical requirements.
If you’ve recently changed your number or address, ensure this is reflected on your dog’s collar tag. Don’t be afraid to buy multiple tags to display all essential information.
If you’re walking in nighttime conditions, LED collars can dial your dog’s safety up to 11. These ‘high-vis’ accessories are like neon-coloured arrows, literally highlighting your dog’s whereabouts. If they’re running off-lead in the dark, or if you’re coming up to hazardous road or trail, LED collars ensure your dog is easily spotted. They are ideal for camping or late-night hikes. Who knew that reflective materials and LED lighting could bring such relief?
If you’re an active dog owner, chances are you already have some, most, or all of these accessories. We hope that this checklist has helped to fill any ‘inventory gaps’—or at least prompted you to update your dog’s identification.
An extended adventure is leaps and bounds different from a walk around the block, and so it’s important to factor in your furry friend and all their varying needs. Strap on the dog-walking bag, load up on the essentials, remember safety first, and have fun!
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