The Summer holidays are in full swing and we are enjoying lots of days out and time with our families. Whether it’s a day at the seaside or a road trip to a picturesque countryside spot, one of our favourite things to do is get out and explore with our dogs. We also love a little bit of relaxation on our return home, with our feet up and a snuggle on the sofa. In this blog we take a look at our favourite Summer dog accessories for home and away.
Our Favourite Accessories for Days Out & Travel
Mobile Dog Gear Week Away Backpack - Day trips; long weekends; camping trips; holidays; whatever kind of trip you’re taking and for however long, you need to make sure you have all of your dog’s things. The week away backpack comes with special pouches for food as well as travel bowls and a feeding mat. There’s plenty of room left over for your other pet essentials such as a drying towel, a couple of toys and a blanket. An absolute must for road trips of any kind!
H2O4K9 Stainless Steel Water Bottle - Staying hydrated in the Summer is just as important for our four-legged friends as it is for us. This pet water bottle will keep water cold and fresh and comes with a special lid that becomes a bowl to serve water on the road.
Kurgo Stuff-it Treat Bag - You never know when your dog might deserve a treat. Keep treats to hand at all times with this practical pet treat bag that can be clipped to your lead, a travel bag or a belt loop. It’ll keep the treats nice and fresh, ready to serve whenever you need them.
Trixie Friends on Tour Transport Box - If you’re going on any kind of car journey, you’ll need to make sure your dog is safe and secure. One of our favourite travel crates is the Trixie Transport Box which is super sturdy and made from metal. Have more than one dog? Take a look at the Double Transport Box for two dogs! It will fit in most large car boots and will ensure your medium to large breed dogs travel safely.
Kurgp Skybox Dog Booster Seat - If you have a smaller dog, you may want them to sit in the car with you. You still have to ensure that they are secure though, and this skybox is just perfect. It can be looped over any headrest and allows your dog to sit with you and see out of the window as you travel. Just make sure you have a suitable travel harness such as the Kurgo Tru-fit Harness and that it’s safely attached to the strap in the booster seat.
Ruff & Tumble Design Collection Drying Coat - A drying coat has so many uses and is a practical accessory to have in a number of situations. We love to take them on our travels for any time our dogs might need drying off after a walk. It might be for use after a dip in the sea or a lake, or it might be to put on your dog after a rainy walk. A drying coat will wick the moisture away from your dog and help to keep them warm whilst they dry off.
We particularly love these design collection versions by Ruff & Tumble. The stripes have a Summery nautical feel that is just perfect for the Summer.
Kurgo Cargo Cape or Bench Seat Cover - With more outdoor adventures in the diary, comes more opportunity for your car to get wet or muddy at the paws of your pup!! In the UK the weather can be changeable, which means your dog may well get wet or muddy on their walks. The Kurgo Cargo Cape and Bench Seat Cover are designed to protect your car’s soft furnishings. When you get back to the car with your pup, it won’t matter how soggy they are, as the covers will stop water and dirt from ruining your car seats or boot lining.
They’re also a really practical idea for trips to the recycling centre or garden centre; a multi-purpose car accessory that will get so much use!
Pet Remedy Calming Spray - Travel can be stressful for our pets. If you’re going on a journey and you know that travel can make your pet anxious, then this pet calming spray is the ideal product. It can be used in the run up to your travel day and can be sprayed on bedding and blankets.
HOWND Hemp Skin, Nose & Paw Balm - The sun can be just as much a hazard to our pets as it can be to us, and animals can get sunburnt just like us. This nourishing balm by HOWND contains SPF to help protect the exposed areas of your pup’s body. Noses, ears and paws are all susceptible, even more so if your dog has light or white hair. Use this to protect any exposed ares before you go out in the sun and remember to reapply throughout the day.
Scruffs Insect Shield Doggy Snood - Insects can be a real pest in the Summer months. Not only is the buzzing annoying, but they can bite and sting, causing itchiness and even worse reactions in some cases. Insect Shield have teamed up with Scruffs to create a range of insect repelling products for dogs. This snood is really simple to loop around your dog’s neck and will help deter pesky bugs from irritating your pooch. An absolute must on any outdoor expeditions!
Our Favourite Accessories for Home
All For Paws Chill Out Cooler Bowl - One of the biggest priorities in the Summer is to ensure our pets stay cool and hydrated. This bowl by All for Paws will help with both of those things. The bowl can be frozen before serving their food or water in it and it’ll keep the contents cool for hours!
Chuckit HydroFreeze Ball - Playtime is important whatever the weather, but it could potentially overheat your dog on a hot day if it’s too strenuous. Keep playtime fairly sedate and use a cooling toy such as this ball by Chuckit. It can be filled with water and frozen for a refreshing effect. The water will be slowly released during chew time or playtime, helping to regulate your pup’s body temperature. Just keep games a little slower on really hot days - and save the long distance throwing for cooler ones.
All for Paws Cooling Mat - Another cooling essential, this mat will become your pup’s favourite place to lounge in the Summer. It can be used indoors or outdoors. Just make sure you pop it in a secluded, shaded area if you’re out in the garden.
Honey Bee Crate Set - Relaxing is everyone’s favourite thing to do in the Summer and this crate set will be your pup’s favourite place to do just that. The set will provide a quiet place all of your pup’s own, where they can relax for a nice chew session with their toy of choice, or just go for a nap. The summery bee print is simply stunning too; a subtle print in neutral shades that will look gorgeous in any home.
Honey Bee Angled Bowl - Match your dog’s bowls to their crate set with these beautiful hand painted versions by Purple Glaze. They have been created in collaboration with L&L to match our crate bedding line. We’d suggest the angled bowl for your dog’s food and one of the straight sided bowls for water. Whichever you choose, they’ll look wonderful in your home!