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3-in-1 Dog Jacket by Kong

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Kong Dog Jacket with 3 Coat Options The Kong Dog Jacket is the most flexible and versatile coat for your dog. No matter what the weather is like, you have an option to keep your dog warm and dry. The Kong Dog Jacket gives you the flexibility of ha... Read More

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$ 45.99 $ 49.99

All Weather Dog Boots by Muttluks

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Muttluks All Weather Dog Boots No more torn up paws! Get the paw protection your dog needs for your outdoor adventures. The Muttluks All Weather Dog Boots are a great solution from summer to winter. The booties can also be used for indoor use to p... Read More

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$ 194.99 $ 277.99

AT3 Generation 2 All-Terrain Pet Stroller by Pet Gear

$ 194.99 $ 277.99

Pet Gear AT3 Generation 2 Dog Stroller for All Terrains The large tires, spacious dog area, and high quality construction are just a few reasons that the Pet Gear AT3 Generation 2 All-Terrain Pet Stroller is one of the most popular dog strollers w... Read More

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$ 209.99 $ 289.99

AT3 No-Zip Jogging Dog Stroller by Pet Gear

$ 209.99 $ 289.99

Pet Gear AT3 No Zip Pet Stroller (Jogging Dog Stroller with No Zippers) Don't leave your dog behind. The AT3 Jogging Dog Stroller is a perfect on the go pet stroller for everyday walks around the neighborhood to off road jogs & hikes. The Jogg... Read More

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$ 49.98 $ 59.99

Blaze Orange Field Dog Vest by Mendota

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Mendota Field Dog Vest Keep your dog safe with high visibility on your next outdoor adventure with the Mendota Blaze Orange Field Dog Vest. Blaze orange color is visible to you and others. Thinsulate liner provides a lightweight insulation for coo... Read More

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$ 20.99 $ 24.99

Bright Orange Visibility Dog Vest by Mendota

$ 20.99 $ 24.99

Mendota Visibility Dog Vest Keep your dog visible to you and others. The Mendota Bright Orange Dog Vest is a quick and easy solution to keep tabs on your dog in all types of cover and terrain. Keeps your dog safe when walking, running, hiking, or ... Read More

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$ 36.93 $ 42.99

Chest Protector Vest Skid Plate by Mendota

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The Chest Protector Vest Skid Plate is a simple solution for your dog's safety and comfort when running through rough cover, brush, or rugged terrain. The Skid Plate design protects your dog's chest, belly, and sides from cuts and scrapes while in... Read More

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$ 74.99

Chilly Dogs Rain Slicker

$ 74.99

Chilly Dogs Rain Slicker for Spring and Summer Have an energetic dog that needs a walk or run even if it is pouring outside, but you don't like the mess that comes along? Don't let rain put a damper on your day anymore. The Rain Slicker keeps your... Read More

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$ 57.95

Chilly Sweater by Chilly Dogs

$ 57.95

Chilly Dogs Fleece Dog Sweater The Chilly Sweater is the perfect fleece for cool fall and spring weather! Designed for 25° - 60°F makes it nice to wear outdoors on chilly days (even mild winter days) and indoors on cold nights. Great for sleeping ... Read More

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$ 138.60 $ 179.99

City Elite Dog Stroller by Petzip

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PetZip City Elite Dog Stroller The PetZip City Elite Dog Stroller boasts a simple, yet elite design that is made specifically to give your dog maximum space and comfort. Great for city walks, running errands in town, or taking a walk along the boa... Read More

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$ 219.13 $ 308.75

Cross Trainer Dog Stroller & Bike Trailer by Guardian Gear

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Guardian Gear Cross Trainer Dog Stroller & Pet Bike Trailer The Cross Trainer Dog Stroller is a must have for sporty dog owners!The 2-in-1 feature allows it to serve as both a dog jogging stroller and a bike trailer.  The Guardian Gear Cross T... Read More

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$ 158.10 $ 189.99

Cute Jogging Dog Stroller by PetZip

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PetZip Jogging Dog Stroller The Cute Jogging Dog Stroller is the perfect versatile stroller- great for walks, jogs and errands! The unique design keeps you stylish for your daily strolls around town or for traveling to stores, yet durable enough f... Read More

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Best Walking, Running & Hiking Gear for Dogs

 

We at Cross Peak Products promote active, healthy lifestyles. We also know that dogs need physical and mental stimulation to avoid boredom and unwanted behavior. A perfect start is getting the proper exercise for both you and your four legged friend. This is easily accomplished by walking, running, and/or hiking with your dog.

 

Not only do dogs make great companions, they also are great workout partners. There are many benefits to owning a dog. They are loyal, energetic, enthusiastic, and excited to explore new areas. They never want to skip an exercise session due to a hectic day or bad weather. They help you stay motivated and in shape with no excuses. Exercising with your dog is not only a bonus for you, but it also gives your dog the exercise they need to stay fit and healthy.

 

In fact, a number of serious health problems are reduced by physical activity and exercise for your dog, particularly as the dog ages. These include diabetes, heart disease, joint pain, and other health issues. Exercising will help you lose weight if needed or maintain your already healthy behavior. Exercising reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, breast or colon cancer and other diseases for you as well. No matter what type of exercise or outdoor activities you choose, both you and your dog will reap the benefits.

 

Now that you are convinced that dog walking, runs, and hikes with your dog are great ways to stay in shape, how do you get started with an exercise program? What supplies do you need for a walk or run with your pooch? What camping and hiking gear for dogs do you need? 

 

Plan for Success by Setting up a Simple Exercise Program

For walking the dog, a good start is to walk 20 – 30 minutes each day. This could be one walk during the day or it could be split into multiple walks. It may be easier for your schedule to plan a 10 minute neighborhood stroll in the morning and a 20 minute run and play time in the park after work. Or maybe three 10 minute walks fit better into your day.

 

Know You & Your Dog’s Limitations

Consider your dog’s age, weight, and health. If you have a dog that is a ball of energy and very active, you may need to go for longer walks, runs and hikes. If your dog is overweight or you are just starting to exercise, plan on starting with small exercise time frames. You don't want to just jump into a long hike with your dog. Slowly increase your walking times and then you can switch to jogging or running after you can briskly walk for 30 minutes. Lastly, you can switch to hiking with dogs on various terrains and trails. Most dogs will keep going as long as you do, which is great for active dogs. However, you must know the limits of older dogs so that they are not pushed too far to where they will be hurting and in pain when they get home. You also don’t want to overdo it for small dogs or puppies. Long distance workouts are not good for young and developing dogs.

 

Know Your Dog’s Breed

This is concurrent with knowing your dog’s limitations. Know how your dog is built. Some dogs have body shapes ideal for short quick bursts while some are built for distance running. Medium to large dog breeds with long legs and slender builds usually have good endurance and need longer periods of exercise. Breeds with short legs may not be able to keep up with a fast pace or may tucker out quicker. Breeds with flat faces, such as Pugs or Bulldogs, do not move air in and out as efficiently as other dogs and can become overheated faster. If you have a very energetic dog breed, walking and running with them may just not seem like enough exercise for them. For these breeds, you may want to consider mixing in other activities, such as bicycling and swimming.

 

Have the Right Dog Gear

 

Walking & Running Gear for Dogs

All you need for walking or running with your dog is a proper collar or harness and a dog leash. You may also need dog clothes to help keep your dog protected from the weather, such as dog boots, a dog raincoat, a dog vest or a winter dog coat. All weather dog boots are great to keep your dog’s paws from burning on hot sidewalks, blacktop or sand in the summer. They also work great to keep their paws warm and protected in the winter from snow, ice and salt.

 

If your dog is a puller or has not learned to heel (especially during distractions), you may want to look into a specialty harness that will make it easier to control your dog. If you have a small breed that cannot keep up to your pace or gets tuckered out quickly, you may want to invest in a dog carrier or a dog stroller.

 

Hiking Gear for Dogs

Hiking with dogs can be a great experience for everyone. At Cross Peak Products, we have all the hiking gear for dogs that you need for your next trek. We have a wide selection of dog hiking packs, dog hiking boots, backpack carriers, and clothes. We offer collapsible water bowls to ensure your pooch stays hydrated on the hike. If you plan on spending the night after a long hike, we also offer camping gear for dogs, such as travel dog food bags to carry food along on the trip and travel beds. 

 

Be Safe

Always keep you and your dog safe. If you are walking in low-light conditions, wear reflective clothing so that vehicles and others can see you and your pooch. Check out our visibility gear such as LED light-up collars & leashes. If you are hiking during hunting seasons or walking near game lands, wear fluorescent orange. For dogs, we carry bright colors/blaze orange vests that keep your dog seen. Do not tie a dog leash to your wrist as it could cause injury to you if your dog makes a sudden pull.

 

Be mindful of the temperature. Dogs can get overheated if the temperature is too hot. Always make sure you have plenty of water for both you and your dog.

 

Keep it Fun and Interesting

Change up your walking route, hiking trail or running path. Your dog will love to be stimulated with new sites, views and smells. Most dogs will also enjoy exercising in all weather conditions. Don’t let the weather stop your daily walk, run or hike. At Cross Peak Products, we carry the best hiking gear for dogs, outdoor dog clothes, and supplies that allow your active dogs to get outside no matter the elements or the conditions. 

 

“Dogs motivate us to play, be affectionate, seek adventure and be loyal.” -- Tom Hayden