Independent Contractors independently select the tools they need to fulfill Dog Adventures Northwest expectations. To this end, none of the following products are required purchases. Contractors should use these recommendations only as they are helpful. Contractors should also feel free to share their own recommended products with the Dog Adventures Northwest Manager and other Contractors.
Findster Duo+ Pet Tracker
Three Pet Tracker Bundle: $250
From the manufacturer: The only tracking device for pets that allows true real-time GPS tracking for your dog or cat, Findster Duo+ is the ideal solution for extra safety during walks, and the best in class of wearable (waterproof) technology for pets. A tiny and smart GPS finder for dogs and cats with a waterproof design, it requires no cell coverage and works in the US and in every other country, even if you're completely off-grid. And unlike other GPS pet locators, Findster Duo+ allows you to track more than one pet without any subscriptions or extra fees. Three Pet Tracker Bundle: $250
From Kerry: I cannot vouch for this product personally, but am interested to try it. You don’t need cell service, and you don’t have to pay a monthly subscription fee, so it seems like it might be the most affordable option. At present, the app can only link three devices, so GPS tracking would not be used as a marketing tool (as in, we won’t be telling clients that we guarantee GPS tracking). It could be very helpful for individual trainers, however, giving them an extra failsafe while on adventures. I will be purchasing this product, and will report back. Trainers are also encouraged to do their own research and share their findings with the team.
Contractors are strongly encouraged to make brightly-colored tags with their own cell phone number on them, and to purchase strong clips to easily attach them to client dog’s collars or harnesses. Sample text: “I’m on a hike! CALL: (503) 308-8087.” There are many different affordable options.
Doggone Good Rapid Rewards Treat Pouch
19.95 + $2.75 for belt strap
From the manufacturer: The Rapid Rewards Training Pouch is our newest training bag and our most deluxe bait pouch ever. Designed with the more serious dog trainer in mind, clients who want a larger bag or appreciate lots of features will want this bag. Like all our bags it will give years and years of service, and we've designed features that can be used during training, outings, and anything that comes up while enjoying life with dogs.
Magnetic closure with cord pull for quick open/close operation
Roomy main compartment, ergonomically shaped, with gray interior lining for better visibility
Inside jackpot pocket with Velcro closure to store high value treats or separate any item you want in the main pocket
Two side pockets with a waste-bag dispenser feature (one side only), fits clickers, small leads and more
Zippered back compartment is roomy enough for cell phones, keys, credit cards and more
Belt clip and belt loops allow you to choose multiple ways to wear your pouch
D-ring attachments let you attach gear with a carabiner, snaps and more
Roomy front pocket with Velcro closure
Made of durable 600 denier polyester ("backpack") material
Viper Biothane Drag Line
From the manufacturer: Our Biothane Working Lead is created from a high-quality Biothane waterproof coated webbing. A trusted name in national sports leagues as well as international military and space organizations, Biothane has a flexible substrate core that is bonded with a durable waterproof coating for protection. It is durable, cleanable, and has proven durability in applications where safety, cleanability, flexibility, and strength are crucial. This robust webbed dog lead is specially coated to emerge from even the swampiest environments, dry and smell-free, without loss of flexibility.
From Jess: Get a long Biothane leash for dogs that are not 100% reliable off-leash and still training. Biothane doesn't absorb water and get icky.
Coghlan’s Bear Bell
From the manufacturer: Coghlan's Magnetic Bear Bell attaches to your clothing, pack, or even your pet's collar, with a hook and loop closure. Movement of the person or pet it is attached to, causes a steady ringing to warn animals of your presence. Use the magnetic strap to eliminate noise when not in use.
From Jess: I often put bells on my off-leash dogs so I can hear them. They also give wildlife a good warning.
From the manufacturer: Kit items are made for the injuries dogs encounter most on the trail, primarily to their paws. Includes an assortment of dressings, bandages, and tools like the splinter picker/tick remover to remove ticks, thorns, or those pesky fox tails from your dog's paws and body. Safely administer first aid to your dog by first muzzling them with the triangular bandage. Easily wrap injuries with the self-adhering bandage which doesn't stick to fur.
From Jess: I keep this in my truck.
Pawz Rubber Dog Boots
From the manufacturer: The most exciting part of your dog’s day is getting outside for their prized walk. But dangers abound in the form of searing hot pavement, freezing temperatures, dog run bacteria, allergens and ‘stuff’. This ‘stuff’ that can be ingested upon licking or brought into your home. And you don’t want the ‘stuff’ on your bed, carpeting or you. Our friends’ sensitive paws must be protected from exposure to extreme weather conditions that can damage the health of your pet.
From Jess: I also keep these around for potential paw injuries.
From the manufacturer: The Baskerville Ultra Dog Muzzle comes to the rescue when dogs are just a little too stressed or excited. This doggy muzzle has a flexible fit for wider noses and a small convenient opening so your pup can eat while it’s on. This muzzle does double duty by protecting other pets and people from bites while maintaining the welfare and happiness of your dog. It has ergonomically designed safety strapping and two additional points of secure attachment to ensure the muzzle stays doesn't fall off. The over-head strap is completely removable if desired and the muzzle also has a loop at the bottom for your dog's collar. Finally, the metal buckle has pre-holed webbing, which means it’s fully adjustable for a quick and easy fit.
From Jess: I keep multiple muzzle sizes in my truck. Hurt dogs bite!
From the manufacturer: Redbarn Naturals Beef Recipe Dog Food Roll is a premium dog food that has just as much character as your best friend. High-quality beef is the very first ingredient in every roll and accounts for over 50% of the entire recipe. With a single-meat protein and no corn, soy or beet pulp, this savory food is highly palatable and highly digestible, so it’s ideal for the dog with food sensitivities or allergies. It’s formulated with added vitamins and minerals to provide complete nutrition for your canine companion, as well as omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed for healthy skin and coat. A highly versatile food, it can be served as a complete meal, shredded over dry kibble as a tasty topper, cubed into training treats, or wrapped around a pill to help administer medication.
From Jess: Economical and delicious treats (according to 99% of dogs).
From the manufacturer: The Balance Harness® has 6 adjustment points offering a customized fit for comfort, complete freedom of movement, and flexible leash attachment options. Its unique design offers you the flexibility of multiple adjustment points to ensure that your dog has a properly fitting harness to ensure comfort, proper movement, and safety. Another Blue-9 product proudly manufactured in the USA.
From Jess: I carry several harnesses because I often do not like what the dog gets sent out in. These are very adjustable and work as both a back clip and front clip harness. They do not interfere with shoulder movement like many front clip harnesses.
Halti Training Dog Lead
From the manufacturer: The Halti Training Dog Lead allows dogs to progress from basic training to well-behaved pups thanks to its multifunction design. The double ended lead allows for eight specific purposes including hands-free dog training, easy tethering, and short, medium or long lead lengths for everyday walks or obedience training. Designed to control, guide, and tether a dog in everyday situations, the Halti Training Dog Lead provides an optimum solution for those owners who are having difficulties getting their lovable yet curious pets to heel.
From Jess: My favorite style of leash. You can adjust length for the occasion, hold 2 dogs, clip to front and back clip of harness for more control, and easily tether a dog to a tree or post if needed.
Black Diamond Carabiners
From the manufacturer: Square hinge end holds belay loop securely in place; slightly curved spine maximizes gate opening; keylock nose prevents snagging; operable with 1 hand.
From Jess: I keep a climbing-rated carabiner at the end of my leashes (if not a double ended leash) to give it all the benefits of a double ended leash. I often hook dogs to my truck as I load one at a time into a kennel.
From the manufacturer: Keep your pup hydrated and fed on the go with the Prima Pets Collapsible Travel Bowl with Carabiner. The ultra-portable design is perfect for road trips, long walks, hot days, and pretty much anywhere you choose to take it. Simply expand it when you’ve reached your destination, and when it’s time to go, it easily collapses into a slim disc. The included carabiner clip allows you to attach it to your backpack or leash, or it can also fit into purses and bags. It’s also thoughtfully made to be pet safe, with food-grade silicone and a BPA-free plastic rim. Just choose your preferred color and size, and start planning your next fur-filled trip!
From Jess: Lightweight and small.
From the manufacturer: Revolutionary citronella formula interrupts attacks by surprising and distracting animals with a powerful and unusual scent, giving the user valuable time to move to a safe place. Highly effective for dealing with low to medium level aggression, both inter-dog and dog-to-human. Easily fits into the pockets of joggers, dog walkers, and family members.
From Jess: Deter an unfriendly animal with this. I would buy two and take the time to CC/DS your crew to the sound before you actually plan to use it.