24 Jun '11, 6pm

Spend some time #outdoors this weekend! And if you're taking your pup, here are some helpful tips:

Spend some time #outdoors this weekend! And if you're taking your pup, here are some helpful tips:

6. Let Fido carry his own provisions. A long day out on the trail will require your dog to be properly fed and hydrated. This is especially important to those breeds of dogs that overheat easily due to thick fur coats or physiology. If you’re worried about the weight of your gear in addition to carrying food and water for your pup, consider purchasing a dog pack (here’s an array of packs that REI offers ) so your dog can carry his own food and water. Make sure to train the dog (with the pack filled with food and water) before embarking on a lengthy trip. Many outdoor stores sell collapsible dog bowls for easy transport. Note that dogs should be at least a year old before carrying their own pack since a puppy’s body is still in the developmental stage. Also note that at least one hour should pass between feeding your dog and vigorous exercise (and vice-versa), especially in...

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