By Megan Taylor Morrison
The Active Times
Imagine this: You and your buddies have just finished packing your car with the food and equipment for your next adventure. You close the trunk, psyched to leave, when you notice your forlorn dog gazing at you from your front-door window. Those puppy dog eyes can leave even the most avid outdoorsman feeling a little guilty about leaving his best friend behind.
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While it's easy to take your dog on certain adventures, such as car camping or a day hike, logistics become more complicated when trips are longer, more dangerous or more technical. A few companies have caught on to this dilemma and are now creating the gear you need to take your dog almost anywhere -- from vertical rock faces to white water rapids.
So if you'd rather face buyer's guilt than owner's guilt, grab your wallet and get ready to invest in the following equipment.
Doggles are just what they sound like, and they're not just for fashion. Whether taking your pal on a dusty trail or out into the snow, these will keep debris and UV rays out of her eyes. They’re no joke either: Military dogs used them in Iraq and canines with eye injuries may benefit from the extra protection.
So your pup now has her very own surfboard and you two are ready to hit the waves together, except ... the water's chilly. You've got your wetsuit, and now she's got hers thanks to the Doggie Glove by Monkey Daze. This snug neoprene suit mimics its people counterpart (taking the tail region into account) with four sleeves and a zipper to keep your pal warm. Sizes range from XXS for your tiny terrier to XXL for dogs up to 45 pounds. Dock Dogs can help you suit up your larger pets with their SkyPilot wetsuit.
Even the strongest swimmer needs a life vest when paddling downriver, and the same goes for dogs. Ruffwear makes the K-9 Float Coat so your canine companion can safely curl up in your canoe or perch at the bow of your paddleboard. The life jacket has a handle for easy rescue and a profile that allows for a natural "doggie paddle."
Ranging in size from 9 to 21 pounds, the HoundHouse Portable Dog Kennel isn't the lightest addition to your pack, but it will give your buddy somewhere comfortable to sleep outside of your already cramped tent. This collapsible weatherproof dog house is raised off the ground to allow airflow and prevent fleas from breeding, and the largest model can hold up to 170 pounds of pure hound.
Why pay a pet-sitter to feed and walk your dog while you're on a multi-day backcountry excursion? Dogs love the outdoors as much as you do, so bring them along and don’t worry about the extra weight. Ruffwear's Palisades Pack lets them carry up to two liters of water and has pockets for other things you might want to bring along, like treats or a collapsible water bowl.
For the complete slideshow of the Outdoor Sports Gear For Dogs, go to TheActiveTimes.com.
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