Adventure Dog Gift Ideas | Trail Dog Gear Buyer’s Guide

Your furry trail companion deserves the best outdoor gear, this is it!

Does your pup fancy his/herself as a bit of an adventure dog? I’m betting your answer is yes, hence the reason you’ve landed on this Adventure Dog Gift Ideas gear guide, updated especially for National Dog Day.

If you are planning to hit the trails with your adventure dog then you’re going to have to consider getting them the best gear, that will make their lives easier and more enjoyable while on the trails. After all, what’s Batman without his fancy gear? That’s right, a man dressed as a bat!

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You’ll notice lots of Ruffwear gear on this list, that’s because we are very familiar with the brand/products and love what they are doing to enable dogs around the world to become fully outfitted in affordable high-quality trail gear. Our adventure dog Kepler owns a lot of this gear himself and can attest to how great it is for his trail running and other mountain adventures. Enjoy the gear guide!

Fi GPS Dog Collar

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The Fi Collar is the smartest smart collar for dogs. Chew-proof, water-proof (even the ocean), and generally dog-proof. It’s Bluetooth enabled to track doggo’s walkies and activity, and to keep your dog in good shape. Our dog Kepler wears his Fi collar every day and has thoroughly field-tested it in everyday life and off-leash trail adventures together.

With Fi you can instantly track your dog’s location no matter where they are in the USA, which means you can keep an eye on dog walkers and caretakers, just in case. This smart dog collar has a ton of clever features including:

  • Create safe zones and be notified if your dog escapes. You can leave your dog in the backyard, and make sure they stay there but if they do go through the GPS safe zone that you set up, you’ll receive escape notifications on your phone. You can set up multiple safe zones too, so if you travel a lot then Fi can handle that.
  • Activity tracking for your dog. Make sure you hit your dog’s daily, weekly, and monthly step goals by keeping an eye on his Fi Collar stats with the Fi App. What’s even more fun is that you can compare your score with other dogs in your area! I think trail running and hiking dogs may win some trophies! You can also see how active they are when you’re not around.
  • It’s waterproof. The Fi collar is AP68 waterproof rated and can sustain more than 30 minutes complete immersion in river and salt ocean water without damage. Time for a beach trip!
  • Long Battery Life. You can get an average of 3 months between charges under typical usage.

The Fi Smart Dog Collar costs $149 at the time of writing – that includes either a grey or yellow collar and the main matchbox-sized GPS device mounted on it, together with the base station that you plug in at home. If you use our code 4C83FW via this link you’ll receive an extra band free of charge which is nice if you like to mix-up your look to keep your Instagram followers entertained. 🙂

Use our exclusive coupon code TK25 via the link below to get $25 OFF your Fi Collar order.

Fi Dog Collar Review trail and kale

Gunner Kennels G1™ Crate

Gunner Kennels adventure dog gift ideas

The Gunner Kennels G1™ is the only double-wall rotomolded dog box on the market and the only crate with a 5 Star Crash Test Rating from the Center For Pet Safety. So if you travel a lot with your adventure dog, this is his/her safest way to go.

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A recessed floor makes sure your dog isn’t sitting in water or mud on the trip home, while the oversized, removable drain plug makes for easy cleaning. The crate also has a wider base to prevent rollover and any unwanted movement during a drive.

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Our dog Kepler enjoying being safe and secure when traveling in his Gunner Kennel. Read our review here.

Engineered for your dog, designed for travel and built for your peace of mind, the G1™ has set a new industry standard by offering a list of exclusive patented features that make it Man’s Best Kennel®.

Be sure to check the website for the crate which best fits the size of your dog (and your vehicle!) – prices vary depending on size. Read Kepler’s full Gunner Kennel Review.

Ruffwear Web Master Harness

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The Ruffwear Web Master Harness is a secure, supportive, multi-use harness built for manoeuvring and assisting dogs up and over obstacles as well as for designated working dogs. So, if the trail gets a bit too gnarly then you can easily lift up your pup with the handle on top, don’t worry, it’s a very comfy way to be picked up, from your dogs perspective. It also makes lifting older dogs into the car much easier.

The thin, durable foam on the straps provides support without hindering range of motion and a platform for attaching patches and signage for working dogs. There are 5 points of adjustment to create a secure fit, while padded chest and belly straps make the Web Master comfortable for all-day wear.

The Web Master is a great collar alternative and ideal for hiking, trail running, scrambling, and mobility assistance.

Ruffwear Approach Pack (For Day-Long Adventures)

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The Ruffwear Approach Pack is an everyday dog pack with excellent performance, fit, and functionality. It’s a step up from the Web Master Harness as it includes packs, ideal for all-day adventures where you’re going to need accessories and food to make your pup’s time out there even more enjoyable.

It allows your dog to efficiently carry a load, generating instant four-legged motivation to explore. Ruffwear recommends you don’t load up your dog with any more than 25% of their own body weight.

The integrated harness enhances fit, pack stability and overall performance. Radial cut saddlebags create a passive compression system that is form fitting and better for load carrying. The Approach Pack is very comfortable and allows dogs to carry all their trail necessities, a great choice for day hikes and overnight adventures. It’s currently available in green, as pictured, and orange (which is the color our adventure dog Kepler has).

If your dog is new to dog packs, start with a light load and work up to a heavier load as your dog gets accustomed to wearing the pack. Remember, please don’t load your dog up with any more than 25% their body weight.

Rex Specs Dog Goggles

Rex Specs
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Apart from these Rex Specs dog goggles looking adorable, they also help protect your dog’s eyes from debris, environmental hazards, and sun damage (especially so, in snowy environments where the light bounces into their eyes). They are stable and secure while still allowing for full jaw motion and field of view.

All lenses are rated UV400 – blocking 99.9% of UVA and UVB rays and the strap system is fully adjustable to accommodate a range of shapes and sizes. Make sure you buy the right size for your dog, the links below will help with that.

Watch the video below to see how well dogs get on with the goggles once they become used to them. SO CUTE! $79.95 See Deal See Deal
Last Amazon price update was: 19th September 2021 7:00 pm

Ruffwear Roamer Leash

Ruffwear Roamer Leash trail and kale

The Ruffwear Roamer Leash is an adjustable stretch-webbing running leash that can be hand-held or worn around the waist for a dynamic hands-free leash experience. This is great for those that like to run or hike with their dogs on-leash. Having the leash attached at your waist frees your arms up for other things.

The stretch webbing in the leash keeps humans and canines connected while allowing for an extended range for roaming and exploring. Ruffwear’s unique Talon Clip offers a strong and secure leash-to-collar attachment which can also be used to attach the leash to a harness if you’d prefer.

If you’re interested in exploring more dog leashes (and harness) that are suitable for running with your dog, read this post next.

Ruffwear Hydro Plane Floating Toy

Ruffwear Hydro Plane floating toy

This soft, floating disc is built for dogs that love to play fetch in or around water and snow. Gentle on dogs’ mouths and oversized for easy pick-up, the Hydro Plane™ is great for everything from training to a game of tug-o-war. Our dog Kepler has this frisbee and loves catching it out of the air, even if he is nowhere near any water or snow! This is also how we enticed him to jump into a lake for the first time while stand up paddle boarding 🙂

Lightweight, pontoon-like construction allows the Hydro Plane to float high atop water and snow for easy visibility and retrieval in any season.

Diameter: 12 in (30 cm)

If your adventure dog needs a new frisbee but not one as big as the Hydro Plane, also check out Kepler’s list of the best dog frisbees he’s had the pleasure of catching!

Ruffwear Grip Trex

Ruffwear Grip Trex dog boots

The Ruffwear Grip Trex dog boots set the standard in paw wear for dogs who hike, bike, run, or explore the great outdoors with their humans. They also set the standard to make your dog look the cutest, in my humble opinion.

These high-performance boots feature a rugged and resilient Ruffwear-designed Vibram outsole that provides exceptional traction on varied terrain. A  breathable upper mesh provides ventilation and keeps dirt and debris out too.

Just as you would with your own gear, check closure system and adjust the fit as needed 15 minutes into your activity and throughout your adventures.

Ruffwear grip trex in use photo from ruffwear
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