24 Apr 19
Ruffwear Blog | News, Events & Adventures

HOW TO HIKE WITH YOUR DOG Trail time with our dogs gives us a chance to adopt their curiosity and sense of adventure. They stop to investigate a wildflower we’d walk right past, or splash through a stream we’d normally hike around. Their presence alone elevates every little moment, and they challenge us to see […]

24 Apr 19

The dogs and I are always outdoors exploring the countryside, so anything we use needs to be tough, durable and long lasting. This includes getting wet & muddy whilst still keeping my dogs safe and comfortable. A normal walk for us includes fields & woodland, with rivers and lakes along the way. So we put […]

24 Apr 19
Million In$ights

Global Dog Collar Market is estimated to grow considerably in the forecast period owing to the increasing awareness among owners for betterment of dogs. A dog collar is specially meant for dog/s worn around the neck. Dog collar helps in manual controlling of dogs since it offers ease of use and safety. Collars are also […]

23 Apr 19

More than you ever wanted to know, and more than I ever wanted to write, about three full-body dog harnesses. 14,000 words.. enjoy!

18 Apr 19
Ruffwear Blog | News, Events & Adventures

Keep Showing Up On February 26, 2019, Congress passed a package of public lands bills that protects nearly 2.5 million acres of public land and 676 miles of rivers throughout the United States. The Natural Resources Management Act (S.47) was a momentous bipartisan effort that was signed into law on March 12, 2019. At Ruffwear, […]

16 Apr 19
Ruffwear Blog | News, Events & Adventures

On April 14, 2019, Jack, Timber, Vilas, and Riggins teamed up with their humans to run the dog-friendly Peterson Ridge Rumble trail race in Sisters, Oregon. Jack and Timber’s humans, Jeff and Jenn, work for Trail Butter, a Portland-based company that makes nut butter blends to fuel trail adventures. Vilas’ and Riggins’ humans, Dani and […]

09 Apr 19
Actual Conversations With My Husband

  I have plenty of complaints—and the usual Actual Conversation,™ but first I need to update you on a critical issue.   One I’m sure—if you’re a regular around here—has been on your mind of late.  Probably keeping you from working (you’re welcome) or even getting a good night’s sleep (I’m sorry).   Because I […]

06 Apr 19
The Eclectic Mind of Ryan

Even the good-est boys need a reliable leash. For giving your doggo just enough freedom, look to the Ruffwear Slackline leash, one of our readers’ favorites. This durable leash also features an adjustable handle, so you can wear it around your waist and go hands-free on your next walk, if you want. It normally goes… […]

05 Apr 19

  Today’s episode is all about a new adventure, the beginning of Adventure Dog Podcast! I interview Anna @Adventure.yuki about her snow loving Utah dog that goes skiing, trail running, and bikepacking. Anna shared an amazing list of her favorite instagram accounts, all listed here: @adventures.with.willow, @bandits_mighty_adventures, @baxter.the.lil.gentleman,  @blue_willy, @dreamerdeus, @duodoggos, @finnyschminny, @theperintonpup,  @twodogstraveling, @wally_the_dood, @zephyr.treks One of the products that she mentioned […]

04 Apr 19
The Mercury News
We just celebrated the first day of spring, but many of us already are thinking of summer and all the outdoor adventures we want to share with our pups. If your warm weather plans include more hikes, walks or beach trips with your furry friend, you may want to consider buying a set of boots for your dog. While a dog’s paw pads appear tough and resilient, an injury or blistered paw pad can happen to any dog. Boots can help protect their paws and the space between their toes from thorns, abrasions from rocks, broken glass and other rough surfaces. They can also provide much needed traction on uneven terrain or slippery surfaces. And while it’s ideal to walk your pet early in the morning or later in the evening when the temperature is cooler, that may not always be possible. Before going on a walk on a hot day, check the temperature for your dog’s paws by placing the back of your hand on the ground for at least 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws. Dog boots can protect their paws from being burned from the hot asphalt or sand. If your dog has a cut on their pads or a paw injury, boots may help to alleviate some of the pain and pressure. And not only can they save your pets’ paws, but boots can save your floors from water, mud and dirt being tracked inside. Boot features Boots come in a variety of materials with various features, and you can find ones that are designed specifically for winter, summer or daily use. For summer use you’ll want to look for ones that are waterproof and have a breathable mesh. Boots have a wide variety of features including reflective hook and loop closures, cinch cords, reinforced toe box, lighted and non-skid soles, machine washable bags and more. They are available in a wide range of sizes, sometimes as small as XXXS, and the price for a set of four boots averages between $8 and $75. Boot sizing Each boot manufacturer will help guide you on how best to measure your pup’s paws. You can lay your dog’s paw on the floor and use a cloth measuring tape to measure where the paw touches the floor on one side and across the top of the paw to the other side. Some manufacturers offer a printable paw sizing guide where you place your pets paw on the guide to measure the width and length of the paws. You’ll want to make sure the boot is snug enough around the ankles so they don’t easily slide off. Just as when you purchase your own shoes, you’ll also want to check that there is a bit of space at the toes so the boots are not too tight. The gear you choose should be sturdy yet flexible. [dfm_iframe src=”” width=”100%” height=”220px” allowfullscreen=”yes” scrolling=”yes” /] Popular styles [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5933779,5859023,5791974″]Here are a few of the boots we found that are highly rated. Ultra Paws – Durable Dog Boots: These boots are water resistant, have two hook and loop straps for a more custom fit and have good traction for senior dogs with hip issues. They’re available in red and black, sizes petite to XL, and start at $28.92. Paws – Waterproof Dog Boots: These boots are designed like socks to slip over the paw, and are reusable, disposable and biodegradable. There are seven colors to choose from, and they’re available in sizes tiny to XL. These are a bargain buy at a starting price of $7.19 for a 12-pack. Ruffwear – Grip Trex Dog Boots: These are great for hikes through tough terrain and on hot pavement. Their outer sole provides great traction, and the breathable mesh will keep your pup’s paws cool. They are available in turquoise, red and black and are machine washable. These boots are available in eight sizes, from 1½-inch to 3¼-inch paw widths, and average $74.95. Lonsuneer – Paw Protector Dog Boots: These waterproof boots are made of a softer material with flexible soles and reflective straps. You can choose from red, blue or black in sizes XS -XL. They average $27.99. Canine Equipment – Ultimate Trail Dog Boots: These all-terrain boots are heavy duty with a reinforced toe and have a water resistant breathable shell. The front and hind boots are sized differently for optimal fit and include a hook and loop strap and cinch closure. They come in black and can be found in sizes XS to XL. Prices begin at $59.44. No matter what boots you choose, we wish you and your furry friend safe and fun adventures! Nicole Forsyth is president and CEO of Red Rover, an organization that focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the human-animal bond through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. She writes Dollars and Pets for the Bay Area News Group. Send questions to For more pets and animals coverage follow us on Flipboard.
04 Apr 19
Latest Market Research News

4 April 2019: Global Dog Collar Market Research Report includes In-depth Analysis of industry by recent technologies, trends, opportunities, challenges, key players and business strategies considering types, segment, and future analysis. The Dog Collar Market Report Provides Growth History, Sales Channel, Manufacturers Profiled in Dog Collar Business, Market Share of Product, Application and Regional Scope […]

03 Apr 19
Ruffwear Blog | News, Events & Adventures

A Street Dog Named Gilly Story & Photos By Ruffwear Ambassador Maria Schultz When Hurricane Irma ripped through St. Thomas in 2017, hundreds of shelter dogs were quickly displaced and left homeless. Gilly was one of them. Aloof, uninterested in people, on her own schedule, and of all things for a dog from a Caribbean […]

02 Apr 19
Adventure Dog NW

When Sage joined the family last month, it marked the first time in just over a year that I’ve had two fur-kids.  Although with two comes double the joy, it also brings double the walking hijinks, i.e. two hands, two dogs, smartwatches to toy with, selfies to take, poop to pick up…what’s a body to […]

02 Apr 19
Ruffwear Blog | News, Events & Adventures

Field Notes: Employee Field Days When it comes to Employee Field Days, the rules are simple: Get out. Have fun. Be curious. Take notes. Relish in your adventure. We’re constantly using and testing product with our dogs in our everyday pursuits, but twice a year, Ruffwear employees and their dogs get to swap out a […]

02 Apr 19
Gwen Hikes the PCT

Hey guys, I wanted to talk a little about my hiking partner for this (and every) trip: Gwen the giant schnauzer. Heads up- this is going to be a shameless dump of dog photos and adoration for my fur baby. The number one question I get when I tell people that I’m going on a […]