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A Guide to Outdoor Safety with Your Dog in 2023

Staying active and enjoying the outdoors with your dog will help keep both of you healthy. Here is a guide to outdoor safety to help you and your dog thrive in the outdoors.

  1. Be Visible

  2. Be Aware of your surroundings & environment

  3. Stay Hydrated

  4. Be Aware of the Weather

  5. Bring First Aid Kits - they can save you & your dogs life

Be Visible:

No matter what the season is, you and your dog need to be visible to others to stay safe.

Wearing bright colored Performance clothing and using LED illuminating gear will help you be visible to others whether you are walking or running on the road or on a trail in the woods.

Having the proper gear for you and your dog that is comfortable for both of you will make your adventures epic!

Performance clothing should be lightweight, moisture wicking & odor resistant. Performance clothing will keep you cool & dry in the heat and warm & dry in colder temperatures. Our performance clothing is made of polyester and recycled polyester, making them light weight, breathable, moisture wicking and odor resistant.

It is just as important to have performance gear for your dog.

Using a rugged yet comfortable reflective no-pull harness is essential for your dog to stay active and comfortable during all your adventures.

Our reflective no-pull harnesses are made with durable Oxford fabric, polyester & neoprene. The harnesses are lined with breathable mesh padding for extra comfort for your dog. The aluminum alloy leash hooks on top, plus the padded neoprene handle is made for your comfort and metal D-ring on the front for no pulling. Reflective stitching throughout the harness reflects light to keep your dog visible.

LED Illuminating Gear:

Adding LED Illuminating Gear to your wardrobe will guarantee you will be seen!

Wearing illuminating vests, like our Tracer360 or Tracer2 by Noxgear® will guarantee you will be seen. The Tracer360 & Tracer2 by Noxgear® are a lightweight multicolor flashing or solid colors illuminating vests with a 40 hour batter life. These vests are perfect All-season AND they are rainproof! The Tracer2 is Rechargeable!

Our Lighthound illuminating dog harness by Noxgear® is built in the same fashion as the Tracer2 and is Rechargeable! It is a multicolor flashing or solid color illuminating dog harness, so it is perfect for All-seasons!

Our LED dog collars are a great way to keep your dog illuminated whether you are going for a walk, run, hike, or just letting your dog out in the yard. Our LED dog collars have 3 modes, solid, fast flashing & regular flashing.

Be Aware of your surroundings & environment:

The key to any adventure is capturing the moment and staying in the present.

This lends to staying aware of your surroundings & environment and adapting to the trails ahead. Be aware of any sharp rocks or obstacles that could pose a threat to you or your dog.

Check your dogs paws frequently to make sure there are no cracks or punctures to their paw pads or splinters. Be alert of wildlife that may intrigue your dogs attention or pose a threat to either of you. Using one of our Hands-Free Dual Handle Bungee Leash is a great way to enjoy your adventures.

Our Hands-Free Dual Handle Bungee Leash has dual handles, one at the top by the waist belt and one lower by the clip at the collar/harness. The dual handles allow you to be in control of your dog when needed. The belt allows you to be hands-free while running, hiking or walking to allow you and your dog to enjoy the freedom of the trails!

Stay Hydrated:

Be prepared on your walks, runs, and hikes. Whether you carry a hydration pack, hydration belt or carry water bottles, make sure you have enough water for you and your dog.

Carrying a collapsable bowl will aid in keeping your dog hydrated. Our collapsable bowls come with a carabiner for ease in clipping to a leash, backpack or harness. They can hold 12 ounces of liquid and come in a variety of colors.

Be Aware of the Weather :

The weather will always play a part in any adventure we have.

The weather as we know, can change drastically when in higher altitudes and mountainous areas. Knowing the weather patterns of the area you are enjoying, will allow you to plan for any changes in temperature.

If you are hiking with your dog, make sure you dress in layers to account for the change in temperature as you climb and descend. Be prepared for your dog as well, by bringing any necessary items to keep them warm should the weather turn for the worst, like a dog coat or large blanket.

First Aid Kits can save you & your dogs life:

Any adventure can turn into disaster quickly; being prepared for the worst and hoping for the best is always the best policy.

You can find First Aid Kits in stores and online.

Or You can make your own First Aid Kit. Here are some of the essential items you will need in your First Aid Kit:

  • Medical tape. Keeps bandages in place and can also be used to close small wounds.

  • Elastic wrap bandages

  • Bandage strips and "butterfly" bandages in assorted sizes

  • Super glue - Can help bind cuts

  • Tourniquet

  • Sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes

  • Triangular bandage (may be used as a sling)

  • Aluminum finger splints

  • Instant cold packs

  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs

  • Gloves, non-latex (several pairs)

  • Duct tape

  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant

  • Plastic bags, assorted sizes

  • Safety pins in assorted sizes

  • Scissors & Tweezers

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Antiseptic solution/wipes & Antibiotic ointment

  • Eyewash solution

  • Thermometer

  • Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing wounds

  • Sterile saline for irrigation, flushing

  • Surgical mask

  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon

  • Hydrogen peroxide to disinfect

These are additional items you will need for your dog:

  • Self Adhering Bandage. Elastic bandage that is easy to apply and self adhering tape seals very well, without sticking to the coat of your Dog.

  • Allergy medication. Many pets are allergic to insect bites or stings, so it’s important to have this medication on hand.

  • Styptic powder or pencil. Helps stop bleeding from minor cuts. Especially useful for stemming bleeding from torn nails.

  • Rectal thermometer. To take the temperature of your dog.

  • Tweezers. Can be used to remove ticks, debris, or objects that have become lodged in wounds.

  • Foil emergency blanket. Can be used to keep a sick or injured pet warm and stabilize their body temperature.

  • Penlight. Useful for checking eyes, ears, and throats for injuries, foreign bodies, or other problems.

  • Quick Dry Towel. Can be used to dry off a wet pet, clean up blood and other medical waste, and apply pressure to a wound.

We hope this Guide of Safety Tips will help keep you safe and active outdoors & bring you and your dog many more adventures in 2023!

From all of us at Run Like A Dog, LLC | enjoy and remember to SPRINT. BREATHE. REST.®

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