The great outdoors are even better with your dog by your side. Here's everything you need to keep him healthy, happy, and adventure-ready.
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A hunting or fishing trip requires a lot of equipment, and that's especially true if you're planning on bringing your sporting dog along. A high-visibility vest, pet first aid kit, and some hiking gear are all important to pack, as is food that'll keep your pup energized all day. (For that, we recommend .) Here's a list of all the essentials you'll need to carry with you to make sure the day goes off without a hitch.
This blaze-orange vest will not only make sure that your dog stays visible on hunts, but it'll also keep the bugs at bay, thanks to a built-in synthetic insect repellent that can last for over 70 washings.
Give your hunting dogs the training they need with this six-piece set. Each of the buoyant retriever dummies comes with a throw rope, and their texture means your furry friends can hold them between their teeth with ease.
Made with sporting and hunting dogs in mind, this food will meet all of your four-legged friend’s nutritional needs. It’s made with a balance of fat and protein that encourages lean muscles and long-lasting energy so your pup can perform his very best.
No one wants to think about their dogs getting hurt, but it’s always a possibility—whether you’re on a hunting expedition or just taking a walk around the block. Be ready for anything with a pet first aid kit that includes tape, gauze pads, wipes, and more. This one clips right onto a belt loop for easy carrying.
Give yourself some peace of mind and outfit your dog with a life vest if he's going to be in the water. These are available in several sizes, ranging from extra small to extra large.
Your dog likes to climb those steep slopes and venture across rough terrain just as much as you do, so flexible, moisture-resistant boots are a must. They'll help protect his feet from the elements, and keep him steady on slippery trails.
This mallard dummy, complete with a paint scheme that offers a realistic visual mark, will help prepare your bird dog for the “real thing.”
If your pup behaves when he roams free but still needs some leash time during your outings, this collar with a built-in retractable leash is the best of both worlds.
Make sure to bring a collapsible dog bowl for food and water on all your outings. We like this one because it's super-durable and waterproof.
Make like the Brits and purchase a British slip dog lead, ideal for your hunting-dog-in-training.