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    DefaultHelpful equipment on Dog Walks/revised

    I walk with Puff EVERY morning/365, for about an hour in a nature preserve on trails through abundant woods.* I've found the following useful.* PLEASE, if you have something that you think might be better --* tell me.

    I always wear "Cargo pants" with the many extra pockets (useful for holding, e.g.,* the GLAD thin film sandwich bags we use for poop pickup).* I prefer the Carhart brand and the ones from Costco.

    This vest gives enough pockets to hold 1st aid & many other items.* My size is medium to large but I buy it XLarge so it'll fit over a down parka in the winter.
    Safari vest
    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/co...902478sn01.jpg

    Bruce Fogle's "First Aid for Dogs"* a paperback, out of print, but still available used (& cheap) from Amazon's suppliers. I wrap it in plastic, put it in a 1 qt. ziplock freezer bag so it doesn't get worn)

    Enough sheets of toilet paper and paper towels to handle emergencies (Kept in a 1 qt Ziplock freezer bag)

    E-collar
    http://www.dogtra.com/s_product/s_vi...itle=Companion Pets
    I think you really need to educate yourself on* learning principles before using one of these. IF you do, they're very helpful for the ADD dog offleash.

    Guard Alaska Bear Repellent. No bears locally but there are foxes, coyotes, and occasional stray dogs.* This is just in case one is vicious.*
    http://www.tbotech.com/bearspray.htm

    I enjoy listening to National Public Radio. This radio, is probably smaller than a deck of cards, and, when set on* MONO, lets me pull in an additional NPR station 70 miles away.
    http://www.123radios.com/BuyItNow.asp?PID=468

    For carrying (or having) a* low cost disposabe stethoscope see:
    http://www.allheat.com
    (Enter "plastic disposdable stethoscope" into KEY WORD)

    Vet Wrap
    http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.h...2-00b0d0204ae5
    (many suppliers sell this.* This is the one I use)

    Hydro Bowl (a flexible water bowl -- problem: after about 1,000 uses, it starts leaking -- got a better one?))
    http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...rch=hydro+bowl

    Nalgene
    http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_g...rch=hydro+bowl
    (This worked well for a couple years and then developed leaks. I find a Gator-Ade bottle in my Cabela's Safari Vest is an adequate replacement. Carrying water along and offering some to Puff just before we come to a pond or marsh reduces but doesn't eliminate, the probability of her drinking there. A wide mouth lets me recapture any unused water and use at a later offering.)

    EMT gel
    (Enter this in Google or Froogle to get a supplier)

    Lucky Dog Training Dummies/Bumpers 2" x 12"
    http://us.st11.yimg.com/store1.yimg...._1889_18955460

    cell phone

    leash (draped around my neck and used primarily when we meet another person & dog until we find out whether it's safe to leave Puff unleashed).

    For those who have cold winters, this is the time of year you can often get some bargains in winter underwear and other gear. In winter underwear, when the temps are between 40º & 20ºF (4º & -7º C) I usually like the thin polyester type.* The colder it gets below that, I may also add an additional layer of the PolarTech type (thicker soft fleece).

    Also, some places have sales on XC skis, poles, bindings, boots, snow shoes, etc.* I shop mainly at http://www.rei.com , especially their outlet store, and at LL Bean.
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    DefaultRe: Helpful equiipment on Dog Walks

    Bob I can see why you need the vest with all those pockets now. ;D

    I'd say water is the most important thing we take on walks. People and dogs dehydrate/overheat very quickly in the AZ heat.

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    DefaultRe: Helpful equiipment on Dog Walks

    I might have thought to bring some of those things on a long walk or day in the great outdoors, but probably not for a daily walk. Although, right now CoCo only walks around the block!

    You've made me think more about preparedness Bob!
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    DefaultRe: Helpful equiipment on Dog Walks

    Having had an accident while walking the dogs (they weren't hurt I was LOL) I always now carry my cell phone.

    I think Bob's list is great, but I just wouldn't ever carry that much stuff. I'm starting to run some with Moose on our walks and carrying the cell, my keys and poop bags is about all I can manage. But then our walk/runs are in the neighborhood and are for only about 45-50 mins.
    Sharon, loved by Moose & Sky

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    DefaultRe: Helpful equiipment on Dog Walks

    Looks like a list for an all day hike to me. I make sure we have enough hydration based on condition and bring a pocket full of treats and a few poops bags and that's about it.

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    Well I cannot agree more. I carry the Guard Alaska Bear Repellent and my cell phone and a mini bat just in case things get out of control on my early walks. Haley (my 2 year old lab) WILL NOT defend herself so if she is attacked, it is up to me to bail her out. I would HATE to ever have to use the spray so if I am ever in "that" situation I plan to try to ward off offending dogs with the mini bat. But if I get in over my head to and I feel threatened then I have the spray to back me up. Trust me, I never want to use any of them but I can't stand there and watch my dog be attacked and hope for the best. You sound well prepared for any circumstance that may arise. My husband teases me about my line of defense. He says I look more like I am going to war than a walk around a couple of blocks.

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    DefaultRe: Helpful equipment on Dog Walks/revised

    Great list Bob. Because you are in an area that is familar to you, you wouldn't need it but I would include a compass and a map if your hiking in an area like a state park. Instead of the radio I take several hours of a book on tape with us.
    Olie

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    DefaultRe: Helpful equipment on Dog Walks/revised

    Because you are in an area that is familar to you, you wouldn't need it but I would include a compass and a map if your hiking in an area like a state park
    Actually I do carry a little compass about the size of a quarter or 50c piece clipped to my Safari vest* The park we walk in is about 1½ miles E-W and about 3/4 to 1 mile N-S.* In the beginning, the compass helped me orient where we were at in relation to other places where the woods were dense and the trails very winding.

    A map would be really helpful in any situation -- or an electronic version such as a GPS.

    I've been thinking of getting one to map out the many trails and landmarks and to share it with friends who are unaware of what a wonderful but little known resource we have.*
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
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