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The Best Harness for Hiking with Your Dog

Dogs make the best hiking companions. Their zest for adventure, companionship, and willingness to go wherever you go is inspiring. My dogs inspire me to get out and explore the beauty of the world around me. If you enjoy hiking with your dog, then you may be on the lookout for the best harness for […]

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Dog Adventures Hiking Trails

3 Dog-friendly Hiking Trails in the Southwestern Corner of MN

The southwestern corner of Minnesota is often overlooked when it comes to outdoor recreation the state. Admittedly, it can be hard to compete with the pristine remote beauty of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness or the waterfalls and rocky lakeshore of Lake Superior along the North Shore. But if you are in the area, […]

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Dog Adventures

Dog Paw Care for Hiking: A Veterinarian’s Advice

Just like proper footwear and foot care are important for people hiking any significant distances, care must be taken to maintain and protect the paws of active dogs. Dog’s paws have a lot of natural protection built-in, and many dogs never have a problem despite hiking, running, or otherwise exploring hundreds of miles of trails. […]

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Dog Adventures Hiking Trails

The Border Route Trail: Dog-Friendly Backpacking in MN’s Boundary Waters

The Border Route Trail (BRT) is a 65-mile trail in the northeast corner of Minnesota. It is a beautiful, remote trail that follows the Canadian border into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). The eastern terminus of this trail is just outside the BWCA and connects with the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). At the […]

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Dog Adventures Hiking Trails

Hiking Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch with your Dog

Located on the border of Utah and Arizona, the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness protects 112,000 acres of land. This wilderness area contains several great day hikes, as well as offering the opportunity to backpack and stay overnight in Paria Canyon. Depending on whether you also hike Buckskin Gulch and which trailhead you start at, a […]

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Dog Adventures

Keeping Your Dog Warm and Cozy when Tent Camping: Your Questions Answered

For me, the best time of year to go tent camping is the fall. The bugs are receding and the daytime temperatures are perfect for hiking. But if the temperatures are perfect during the daytime, that means that the nights can get a little chilly. If you like to tent camp with your dog, you […]

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Dog Adventures Gear Review

Ruffwear Front Range Day Pack Review

Ruffwear released some new gear in February 2021 which included the Front Range Day Pack. I’ll be honest, the biggest thing that drew me to this pack was the bright aurora teal color. But there is a lot of great functionality in this new style that makes it a great day pack even if you […]

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Dog Adventures Gear Review

Ruffwear Polar Trex Dog Boots Review

I live in Minnesota with a dog who doesn’t appreciate snow, ice, and winter temperatures. Growing up with a Labrador Retriever who mostly did well in the cold, I never expected to have a dog that needed winter coats and boots to make it through winter hikes. But here I am, reviewing another pair of […]

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Dog Adventures Gear Review

Ruffwear Switchbak Harness: The Dog Harness with Pockets!

Ruffwear has come out with a new harness and this one has pockets! The Switchbak Harness was released in February 2021 and is a full-body harness complete with a belly strap, handle, front clip attachment, and padded chest and back panels. *This post contains affiliate links. I am an Amazon and Avantlink affiliate and earn […]

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Dog Adventures Gear Review

Ruffwear Full-body Harnesses: Fit Comparison for the Switchback, Flagline, and Web Master

Ruffwear just released a new line of dog gear in February 2021. Among the new products is a new harness named the Switchbak. The Switchbak Harness is a full-body, everyday harness with a design based on Ruffwear’s most popular everyday harness, the Front Range. The Front Range harness was the first Ruffwear harness that I […]