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by Brian Koons

Engearment breaks down it's must have picks for summer dogs.

At Engearment, our adventure dogs love spending time outdoors as much as we do. And, just like us humans, sometimes dogs need gear upgrades too. Here’s a list of some of our favorite items to treat your fur baby this summer.

When we buy gear, we often put safety first and buy the most durable gear we can find to keep up with our active lifestyles. Why wouldn’t we put as much thought into purchasing gear for our adventure dogs as well?

Founded in 2015, Gunner Kennels created the G1, the toughest dog travel crate available. Despite a hefty price tag (MSRP $399 – $699) Gunner Kennels are the only travel crates to receive a dual 5-Star crash test rating from the Center for Pet Safety and carry a lifetime warranty.

How durable are they really? The G1 large crate can withstand 4,000 lb. of force, a 200+ ft cliff drop, a 12-gauge shotgun at 7 steps, and 630 lbs. Dropped from 8’4”. Need more convincing? Take a look at some of the testimonials from customers who got into severe car accidents and their dogs traveling in the G1 crates survived.

Key features of the double-wall roto molded G1 travel crates include tie down points, and a recessed floor with drain plug (so that your dog isn’t sitting in water or mud on the way home). 

Keep your dog cool with a G1 fan kit, just recently introduced. Whether you’re car camping, or traveling on an especially warm day, you will know your dog is traveling comfortably. G1 fan kit can keep your dog cool for up to 6 hours on full power. Other features: battery and battery charger, weather and water resistant, and engineered for minimal vibration in a vehicle. MSRP $229.

Taking your dog for a hike? Keep cool and look stylish when hiking with your dog with a Headsweats Soft Tech 5 Panel Trucker. This soft tech 5-panel trucker includes a terry sweatband that absorbs sweat keeping it out of your eyes, a black undervisor to reduce glare, plastic mesh back, and a snap back closure with ponytail opening. This performance trucker hat makes the perfect gift for the Bigfoot lover or dog lover in your life … even if that lover is you. MSRP $26. Available in other designs and graphics. Key features include :

Eventure terry sweatband wrapped in Eventure knit
Eventure plastic mesh back
Eventure woven shell
Black undervisor to help reduce glare
Snap back closure with ponytail opening
One size fits most

This month, JR Ligget’s expanded its soap line by introducing a new animal product line that includes six bar (3.5 ounces) and six liquid shampoos (8.45 ounce recyclable bottles, 16.9 ounce recyclable bottles) designed for specific animals. For example, “Max” is a dog flea and tick shampoo with CBD oil. “Bella” is a shampoo designed for sensitive dogs.

All of these products are formulated with essential oils, such as Olive Oil and Coconut Oil, and none of the products contain any detergents or genetically modified organisms. These formulas are meant to leave essential natural oils in the dog’s coat and remove just the unwanted dirt and dander leaving behind a clean, healthy coat. One bar is the equivalent of 24 ounces of liquid shampoo.

Available for purchase now are the dog shampoo bars is (MSRP $7.99) and (MSRP $8.99 for flea/tick CBD). Liquid 8.45 oz dog shampoos (MSRP $9.99, and $10.99 for flea/tick CBD) will be available in August.

One of our writers has a senior dog that loves the outdoors, but is no longer capable of long hikes. A friend recommended K9 Sports Sack AIR and the rest is history.

With input from animal professionals, veterinarians and dog trainers, the K9 Sports Sack AIR is engineered to be ergonomic, safe and strong. Key features include: ventilated side panels for cooling, adjustable dual side pockets, sternum strap with avalanche whistle clip, and moisture wicking, ventilated shoulder straps.

Upgrades include Integrated D Ring for collar hookup, wider more comfortable shoulder straps, safety reflective sternum strap slide, whistle clip, upraded rest pad, and 3″ longer sternum strap.

Available in 5 colors, the K9 Sports Sack AIR most flexible, breathable and lightweight pet carrier in the K9 line. MSRP $69.95.

Our friends at Klymit have created their first ever dog bed. Easy to inflate, the cover-optional Moon Dog Bed is easy to pack down when not in use. It packs so small that dogs can carry it on their own packs. MSRP $69.95 to $99.95. Other features include:

Lightweight and packs down small
Body mapping technology with a raised side rail
Removable, polyester fleece cover
Cover is machine washable