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(Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Dog Gear of 2017

Everything you and your pal need for the best summer ever

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Everything you and your pal need for the best summer ever. 

L.L. Bean Pillow dog bed.
L.L. Bean Pillow dog bed.

L.L. Bean Pillow Bed ($79)

This 3-by-2.5-foot lounger is plenty big for your dog to stretch out, and the removable polyester cover sheds hair with a spin in the washing machine. 

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Mountainsmith K9 pack.
Mountainsmith K9 pack.

Mountainsmith K9 Pack ($60)

This is the only bag our dogs look comfortable wearing. Spandex in the straps allows for uninhibited movement, and the 24-liter capacity fits food and a few treats for longer hikes.

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Buff Dog Reflective.
Buff Dog Reflective.

Buff Dog Reflective ($12)

Yes, a Buff for your dog. The Reflective boosts your pooch’s visibility at night, so you’re both easier to spot during after-work hikes. 

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Moutain Khakis Canvas waterproof bowl.
Moutain Khakis Canvas waterproof bowl.

Mountain Khakis Canvas Waterproof Bowl ($28)

The ten-ounce waterproof (and puppy-proof) canvas shakes dry, and the bowl unsnaps to store flat when not in use.  

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BlueWater Ropes dog leash.
BlueWater Ropes dog leash.

BlueWater Ropes Leash ($14)

Long leads are a bad idea—they teach dogs to wander and are easily tangled. Which is why we’re fans of the four-foot leashes made by Blue­Water. Up­cycled from climbing ropes, they’re ­durable, good-looking, and just long enough.

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Filson Webbing dog collar.
Filson Webbing dog collar.

Filson Webbing Collar ($50)

We like this no-frills, one-inch-wide collar because of its simplicity. It’s made of coated nylon webbing and comes in attention-grabbing orange.

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Carhartt Dog back-seat cover, to keep the hair and scratchy claws off your leather.
Carhartt Dog back-seat cover, to keep the hair and scratchy claws off your leather. (Courtesy of Carhartt)

​Carhartt Dog Back-Seat Cover ($100)

Carhartt built this from the same ­tough-as-nails ­material used in its jackets. Read: it’ll withstand any number of excited dogs piling in and out of your car at the trailhead. Plus, it’s easily unbuckled and tossed in the trunk when Fido stays home. 

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Honest Kitchen Nuzzles dog treats.
Honest Kitchen Nuzzles dog treats.

Honest Kitchen Nuzzles Treats ($14)

Most dogs are trash compactors that can hit 20 miles per hour when they detect food. And nothing will cause them to run faster than the scent of these all-natural cookies made with duck, cherries, and molasses. Sounds delicious, right?

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From 2017 Summer Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
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