Keep your pooch happy, safe and helpful while you’re afield together
Are the accessories for your four-legged hunting buddy getting a little long in the tooth? This roundup of new gear covers all your dog’s needs, from nose to tail.
Waterfowl hunters go to great lengths to camouflage themselves and their gear, but dogs are more difficult to hide, sometimes spooking wary waterfowl. Aiming to solve that problem is Momarsh’s Invisilab portable dog blind (above). With a built-in adjustable stand, it allows a dog to stay high and dry in water up to 34 inches deep.
Momarsh, (314) 825-3825; www.momarsh.com
Gunner Kennels G1 line of sturdy, double-walled plastic kennels provides safe, tough-as-nails homes for dogs in the field. Loaded with features such as tie-down points, non-slip feet, floor drain and lockable door, these kennels promise to keep your pooch secure.
If you have a long hike to reach your hunting grounds, why not let your dog share the load? The likes of Ruffwear’s dog saddlebags are the way to go. Keep in mind, though, that dogs need to get used to wearing a pack, so slowly build up the amount of weight it can carry before that first long outing.
Ruffwear, 1-888-783-3932; www.ruffwear.com
Avoid losing sight of your dog after dark by equipping it with an LED collar. Inexpensive battery-operated models are available from Nite Ize, while Brite-Strike makes a rechargeable USB/solar model.
Accidents happen afield, so always carry a well-stocked first-aid kit for your dog. The basics should include 3M VetRap and gauze for minor cuts, a skin stapler for gaping wounds, tweezers, scissors, antibiotic ointment, a toenail clipper and a first aid manual. Or, you can buy a ready-made kit from Creative Pet Products.
Creative Pet Products, 1-877-269-6911; www.petfirstaidkits.com
Saskatchewan hunter Lowell Strauss often writes about dogs for Outdoor Canada.