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Old 07-08-2014, 09:53 PM
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Question Hiking gear for little guys?

Hi all! Rango and I are getting more and more into hiking in the woods together, and take 5-10 miles on a weekend day. I see so many wonderful hiking products for dogs, and I'm particularly interested in a good, sturdy, weatherproof harness with a handle, and boots to protect his little Chihuahua feets. The problem is that even the smallest sizes I've found accommodate dogs in the 20-30lb range. My guy is tall and long, but very lean and has very small paws. I've checked with Ruffwear and other similar companies, but have had zero luck. Does anyone have a clue where I could purchase such items? Or is anyone on here super into DIY projects that has ideas of how I could fashion something myself? I'm particularly interested in the harness, as I'd like to be able to safely and quickly grab him up if need be.
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I have no experience on hiking gear as I don't hike. But there must be some place online where you can find boots. Maybe check some online sites like doggievogue.com, doggiecoutureshop.com, baxterboo.com and ebay.


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There's a lot of places that sell boots for small breeds online I went mountain hiking with Dexter last year and he climbed to the top fine with just his bare feet lol. He had on a regular buddybelt type of harness and was great.



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Kody, Peso and me go 'hiking' on the Rails & Trails at Big Pool, MD. Its about 20 miles of asphalt and level ground (I know rough, isn't it) .... we also go to the Rock Gap State Park to hike in the woods....

when we go to the woods they don't wear anything on their little feet but they do wear shoes when we walk the big pool trail in the summer.... hot asphalt and bare feet do not make a good hike.... they both have these shoes....Kodys is blue, Pesos is Red.... EPIKS shoes....I might add ... that I bought both pair on a business trip in Denver CO.... don't knw if you can get them online or not








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Wow, great tip Jan, thanks for sharing. We don't do much walking on asphalt, but there are places in the woods that have very fine, sharp gravel, and even some spots where we sort of have to go through sticker bushes. Neither of which, I'd imagine, feel very good on bare feet. I'll search the net for this brand to see if I can order a pair.

Do you happen to have any ideas about the all-weather vest/harness with a handle?
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Kody, Peso and me go 'hiking' on the Rails & Trails at Big Pool, MD. Its about 20 miles of asphalt and level ground (I know rough, isn't it) .... we also go to the Rock Gap State Park to hike in the woods....

when we go to the woods they don't wear anything on their little feet but they do wear shoes when we walk the big pool trail in the summer.... hot asphalt and bare feet do not make a good hike.... they both have these shoes....Kodys is blue, Pesos is Red.... EPIKS shoes....I might add ... that I bought both pair on a business trip in Denver CO.... don't knw if you can get them online or not








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wow ! those shoes look great !! Do Kody and Peso mind wearing them ? was it hard to get them used to wearing them ?

one time , years ago, I had researched dog boots and ended up getting some called Mutlucks. I wanted them so that when they went out in the yard in the winter when there's snow... there little feet wouldn't get cold.
this was when I only had Minnie and Tootsie.
they would not even let me put them on there feet, so , luckily, the store I bought them from had a good return policey ( cause they were not cheap ) , and I sent them back
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a Google Search provides a good deal of Dog Packs.... RuffWear seems to be the most interesting..... post some pics once you decide on one.... I would love to see how the backpack fits your doggie.... I am thinking of one for my crew but am worried if it would be too hot for them...

they both have Buddy Belts(Luxury - Venom - Year of the Snake Collection)... LOVE them!
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A dog that is regularly exercised outdoors won't need protective boots as long as their paws are in good condition. They really only need them for extremes of temperatures. Mine all walk barefoot on all types of terrain without any issues, i just keep an eye out in case they get a bit of gravel or similar between their pads.
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