For the past four weeks, we’ve given you running tips and workout plans to help you and your dog be the leaders of the pack at Barktoberfest’s GlowDOGGlow 5K race. We may be closing out on the end of August, but the warm weather is far from over here in Northern Virginia. Check out our favorite products to get the most out your late summer workouts then GET GLOWING – head on over to the event registration page to get you and your pooch signed up for GlowDOGGlow!
Kong Reflective Dog Leash
A high-quality standard leash is probably the most important piece of equipment you can get for runs with your pooch. A 4-foot or 6-foot lightweight, nylon leash gives you so much more control than retractable or flexi-style leashes. This model from Kong has a grip handle for increased control, bungee for flexibility during all of those intervals in our training plans, and reflective piping for visibility and safety.
Ruffwear “Front Range” Harness
Harnesses are ideal for leashed activities like running, especially if your dog is a puller or is not well trained to ignore distractions. Compared to collars, harnesses have several advantages when running. Because harnesses secure to the leash around the pet’s body, it takes the strain off of the neck, preventing injuries to the trachea. Harnesses also give you more control, helping to keep Fido by your side with each stride. The Ruffwear “Front Range” Harness is made out of comfortable reinforced webbing and has a centered leash attachment point.
Stunt Puppy “Go Dog Glo” Collar
While harnesses are more advantageous for running and higher impact leashed activities, we couldn’t have a GlowDOGGlow product list without including the Go Dog Glo collar by Stunt Puppy. (GlowDOGGlow Go Dog Glo…say that ten times fast!) This collar is waterproof and lightweight with a reflective trim that can be seen from 100 yards away.
Ruffwear “Swamp Cooler” Cooling Vest
The Ruffwear “Swamp Cooler” vest is perfect for training in the heat and humidity still common in the DC area through early September. The “cooling” action of this vest is activated by soaking it in water before use. The light-colored fabric reflects solar radiation, while evaporative cooling pulls heat from your dog. The integrated leash portal allows leash attachment when the Swamp Cooler is worn over Ruffwear’s “Front Range” harness listed above.
Ruffwear “Quencher” Collapsible Water Bowl
Taking regular water breaks is essential for both you and your dog to prevent overheating and dehydration. A collapsible water bowl is the most convenient way to rehydrate your pup. Ruffwear’s “Quencher” collapsible bowl comes in three sizes, but we like the smallest size. It’s petite enough to comfortably fit in your pocket but can still hold 25.4 fluid ounces. It also has a waterproof lining and is machine washable.
Ultra Paws Cool Dog Boots
You may be thinking dog booties are more suited for cold weather running or to protect paws on rocky terrains while hiking, but these “Ultra Cool Dog” boots are specifically designed for protection from hot surfaces like sidewalks, concrete, streets, boats, docks, and sand. The boots have a breathable mesh top and a grippy, skid resistant sole that deflects the heat from hot surfaces away from your dog’s paws.
Turdlebag Dog Poop Carrier
There’s nothing worse than having your run interrupted by your pooch’s potty break, but when duty calls, you may as well make the experience as pleasant as possible. If you can, try to train your dog to take care of business before beginning the run or have them go during the mid-workout water break, preferably near a wastebasket, so you don’t have to carry it around. Another option is to take along the Turdlebag Dog Poop Carrier (What a name, right!). The Turdlebag is a small, wax-lined canvas bag designed to attach to your dog’s leash or harness. Not only will you be able to focus on the run – not the stinky bag of poop swinging from one hand – but the Turdlebag’s lined canvas and roll-top design help to keep smells from wafting your way.
Kurgo “Journey” Dog Seat Cover
Running outside may mean you’ll be battling the elements like heat, wind, and rain. Don’t let your dog’s wet, muddy, and stinky fur and paws take a beating on your car. The Kurgo “Journey” Car Seat Cover was designed with the active pet in mind. This cover is made out of a heavy nylon and crosshatch weave fabric that is both waterproof and stain resistant. It’s piped edging ensures that excess mud and dirt will not roll off onto car seats or carpeting, and two large pockets allow for extra storage. To keep the bench seat cover in place, there are five attachment points, as well as hook and loop seat belt openings to allow the use of seat belts, child car seats, and dog car harnesses. The perfect accessory to cap off a perfect workout with your pooch!
There’s nothing like the exhilaration and “runner’s high” both you and your dog will feel after a great workout. We hope this gear gets you through your summer training sessions; you’ll be ahead of the pack come the GlowDOGGlow 5K race at the end of September. And stayed tuned for our suggestions on the best canine hiking gear and fall weather products in a few weeks!