Spring is here! Whether you're the outdoorsy beach kayaking dog or the brunch at your favorite cafe dog or the mountain trail hiking dog or the grabbing drinks on the patio dog, going out on the town with your best four-legged friend requires making sure you are prepared. These are our five favorite essentials to have for your dog when getting out together and enjoying the fresh air.
1. ID Tag
Tag your dog before heading out together! The simple step of attaching a current and legible identification tag on your dog's collar or harness is an effective way to ensure that your dog can be identified and returned to you if it gets lost while you are out on an adventure. We dig the colorful enamel and stainless steel dog id tags by Red Dingo.
2. Collar and/or Harness and Lead
A collar or harness with an attached leash gives you better control over your dog when you're out for a walk or in a public place keeping them safe. A harness can be a safer option than a collar, especially for dogs that like to pull or have respiratory issues. A harness distributes pressure evenly across the chest and shoulders, reducing the risk of injury. We dig the super comfortable Step In Air Mesh Vest Dog Harness by Plush USA.
2. Sun Shield Tee
Spending a day outdoors with your dog often means exposure to sunlight. Protect your dog from the harmful effects of the sun and regulate body temperature with a sun shielding tee shirt. We dig the silky soft, lightweight stretch jersey UPF-50 Sun Shield Tees by Gold Paw Designs.
3. Life Jacket
When outdoor activities involve water play, keep your dog safe with a dog life jacket that provides buoyancy and visibility. A flotation coat allows your dog to conserve energy while swimming and provides easy extraction with quick grab handles should assistance become necessary. We dig the athletic streamlined design and numerous safety features of the Surf N Turf Life Jacket by Kurgo.
5. Travel Water Bowl
Packing a travel water bottle for your dog when spending time outdoors is a simple and important step to ensure their health and safety. Bringing a water bottle allows you to give your dog frequent water breaks and ensure they stay hydrated. We dig the Dog Travel Water Bottle with Silicone Flip Up Bowl by Messy Mutts.