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The Best Dog Gear of 2018

(Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
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Keep your pup safe, hydrated, and entertained on the trail.

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(Photo: Courtesy Ruffwear)

Ruffwear Trail Runner System ($70)

Ruffwear’s system is a leash, fanny pack, and hydration pouch in one. The lead is stretchy and attaches directly to the wide hipbelt, so you can keep your attention on the trail ahead.

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(Photo: Courtesy Fishpond)

Fishpond Bow Wow Travel Bowls ($23)

The secret to never leaving your companion’s food and water bowls in the car? Keep them in your pack. These fabric containers collapse flat and cinch tight.

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(Photo: Courtesy LL Bean)

L.L.Bean Ultraplush Inflatable Bed ($70)

Share the car-camping luxuries. This dog bed rolls up and straps tight via built-in belts, then self-inflates to a comfy two inches of cushion. The fleece cover zips off for washing.

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(Photo: Courtesy Kurgo)

Kurgo Wapple Balls and Tossing Discs ($8 and $10 each)

Dog-park entertainment gets a colorful upgrade with Kurgo’s Frisbee-worthy flat discs. (The doughnut hole makes for easy catching.) Lightweight Wapple balls resisted teeth marks for an entire summer.

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(Photo: Courtesy Astral)

Astral BirdDog Flotation Device ($70)

A must for any white-water trip, this sturdy PFD helps timid dogs stay afloat and strong swimmers paddle longer. We like the reinforced handle on top for hoisting dogs up to 75 pounds.

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(Photo: Courtesy Flowfold)

Flowfold Trailmate Leash ($25)

Flowfold makes its leashes from recycled climbing rope, so they have a little give and lots of strength. There’s no chance your pup will break this lead.

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(Photo: Courtesy T3)

T3 K9 Quick Harness ($133)

Thick 1,000-denier Cordura straps are a cinch to adjust and get fastened in place with the same buckles used on Navy SEAL parachutes. In short: your dog isn’t tearing out of this thing.

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(Photo: Courtesy Orvis)

Orvis Conceal-a-Collar ($25)

It ain’t pretty, but this sturdy nylon strap serves a higher purpose: beefy plastic clips let you tuck a flea and tick collar inside to keep bites at bay.

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(Photo: Courtesy Adventure Medical Kits)

Adventure Medical Kits Canine Field Medicine ($15)

This book demonstrates how many of the supplies in your own first-aid kit can double as emergency care for your pooch.

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(Photo: Courtesy Filson)

Filson Dog Retrieving Toy ($25)

Bulky toys can make for labored breathing. Drawing on recent research, Filson’s is narrow at the waist to ease airflow.

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From Summer 2018 Buyer's Guide
Filed To: Camping
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
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