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If you’re looking for a great gift idea for the adventure dog parent in your life, this list includes 10 useful suggestions that they might not realize they need, but will soon wonder how they ever lived without them.
Whether the dog parent in your life just got a new dog or they’ve had a dog for years, pick an item from this list and you’ll win the gift giving award for the year.
10 Best Gift Ideas for Adventure Dogs
As you know, I am incredibly selective about the brands I use and work with. I love supporting small businesses and everything included on this list falls within my strict personal buying guidelines.
Need more gift ideas? I’ve got you:
- Small Business Gift Guide: Etsy Finds for Dog Lovers
- Small Business Gift Guide for Adventure Dogs
- Favorite Etsy Shops for Dog Accessories
- Christmas Presents for Dogs Under $25
Iron Doggy Runner’s Choice Hands-Free Leash ($49.95)
For the runner in your life, the Iron Doggy Runner’s Choice hands-free leash will impress your pal with its thoughtful design. Made by runners for runners, this hands-free leash includes nifty features like multiple knots for easy grabbing points and two traffic handles to really reel in an excited dog.
Have a super well-trained dog? Opt for the Sidekick over the Runner’s Choice, which keep the dog closer to the human thanks to its shorter length.
Whyld River Doggy Bag (from $89)
I love my Whyld River Doggy Bag. I never go camping without it. It’s a dog bed and sleeping bag in one.
Designed with two separate pieces, the top and bottom detach depending on the temperature or if your dog prefers to be covered rather than burrow into the bag themselves.
The owner (and my friend!), Rachel created the Doggy Bag after a scary incident with her dog River during a camping trip. River became very cold and Rachel didn’t have a bed warm enough for her.
When she got home, she researched dog sleeping bags, but was dissatisfied with what was out there on the market, so she created her own. And she did a fantastic job.
Backcountry Rescue Harness (from $70)
Can you carry your dog for several miles over rocky terrain in the event of an injury? I know I couldn’t. The thought of leaving my dog behind to get help in the event of an injury makes me sick.
Fortunately, a couple of companies have thought of a solution to put that thought out of mind by designing a packable rescue harness that can carry dogs down mountains should they become immobile.
Ruff Rescue Gear – The Backcountry
Fido Pro – Airlift
If you know someone in your life who loves to hike with a larger dog, this will be a sleeper gift – something they didn’t know they needed, but essential for every hike.
Diggs Revol Crate ($245)
This is the dog crate I always wished existed. It is attractive, durable, and it collapses in seconds for easy transport. This means I only need one kennel for home, the car, and travel.
Designed to prevent injury to paws and reduce the risk of jail breaks thanks to its smart design based off of baby industry products, the Diggs Revol Crate is a game changer in the kennel game.
The crate includes wheels, a carrying handle, and breaks down and sets up in seconds. Cleaning is a breeze, thanks to the removable tray.
For puppies, the crate includes a divider and a ceiling hatch for easy access. Training is made easy thanks to the Groov, an attachable treat toy.
Accessories include a memory foam Snooze Pad and the new Revol Crate Cover, which attaches to exposed areas perfectly with magnets.
Biothane Leash (from $20)
My friend Jessica at You Did What with Your Weiner turned me on to biothane leashes earlier this year and I don’t see myself ever going back.
Biothane is a polyester webbing is made from TPU or PVC and has the look and feel of leather, without the maintenance. It is waterproof and super easy to clean, ideal if you live in a wet and muddy environment like the Pacific Northwest.
I don’t have one specific favorite brand, but you can find a list of recommendations in this post here.
Voyagers K9 Apparel Dog Coats ($37-$110)
I’ve included Voyagers K9 Apparel jackets on my gift guides for several years now. I love these handmade dog coats for a number of reasons:
- They’re waterproof
- Easy to put on my dog
- Easy to clean
- Custom made to fit my dog (for mutts like Sitka)
- Breed-specific designs
Voygers K9 Apparel makes three different dog coats:
- The Winter Coat
- Tummy Warmer (review)
- Rain Jacket
Yes, they’re on the pricey side, but 100% worth the cost. Most dog jackets are made to fit within a certain weight range, where Voyager K9 Apparel dog coats are made to fit your specific dog.
The Winter Coat and the Tummy Warmer made the top of my list for best dog coats and sweaters for active dogs.
Burley Design Tail Wagon ($400)
If you’ve been here for awhile, you know how much I love the Burley Design Tail Wagon. We used it to haul Sora across Europe and put it to the test.
This is the best dog bike trailer out there, hands down. It’s durable, designed with dogs’ needs in mind, and worth every penny.
Includes a tow arm and hitch, removable mesh cover, windows on all sides for optimal air circulation. A zippered weatherproof cover keeps your pup dry in the rain.
You can read my full review here.
Ultimate Direction Dog Vest ($79.95)
When I saw a sneak peak of Ultimate Direction’s new Dog Vest last year, I knew I had to get my hands on one. It’s super lightweight, has a lot of pockets, and zippers along the bigger saddle bags to expand the size.
I love how easy it is to fit to Sitka. I find it such a pain to get a dog backpack to fit well and I sized this vest to Sitka in minutes, with no fussy straps and buckles.
The Dog Vest also includes two bowls – one for treats and another for water. The front pockets can fit water bottles or treats or poop bags.
It’s lightweight enough to bring along on longer trail runs, yet large enough to use for backpacking trips.
Muttruk Sidekick Hip Pack ($68)
I’m a little obsessed with my new Muttruk Sidekick Hip Pack. It’s a waist hip pack designed especially for the adventure dog owner in mind.
It has three pockets of varying sizes, pockets within pockets, spots for poop bags, a leash attachment carabiner, and a hidden water bottle pouch.
You can fit a phone, keys, credit cards, treats, water bottle, used poop bags, and more in this not-too-big hip pouch. I don’t use it as my everyday training treat pouch, but rather take it to the trails or along on longer walks.
Ruffwear Dirtbag Seat Cover ($79.95)
Every time I return from an adventure, I feel immense gratitude for my car seat cover. No matter how well I dry off dirty paws and bellies, there is just still so much dirt that falls off my dog on the way back home
The Ruffwear Dirtbag Seat Cover protects my seats and keeps my car cleaner.
The hammock-style seat protector also deters your dog from hopping into the front seat, or you can convert it to cover only the rear seat if you prefer.
Made with a waterproof material to prevent seepage onto your seats, the attachment points keep the cover securely in place, while also providing a comfortable spot for your dog to ride.
Bonus Gift Idea: Something from the Foxey Doggo Shop!
I mean, I have to promote my own shop! The Foxey Doggo shop includes a variety of gifts for dog and humans. I personally love the dog mom sweatshirt and the leash your dog shirt (available in long sleeve and tank top!)