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  • The History of the First Ruffwear Dog Boots

    As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we're taking a look back at Ruffwear’s history of innovation and performance, starting with the first pair of boots created in 1995.

    Woman running with her dog.
  • Waffle the Working Dog: A Tale of Triumph

    Ruffwear Ambassador Kate Speer is a mental health advocate, writer, and the teammate of her two service dogs, Doctor Waffle and Tugboat. Together, an enthusiastic team of three, they fight to de-stigmatize serious mental illness and normalize the messy magic of healing out loud in the great outdoors.

    Kate and her dogs Doctor Waffle and Tugboat.
  • #MyDogIsMy Backcountry Buddy

    Follow along as Ruffwear Ambassadors Kate, Ty, and Zorra raft along the Owyhee and discover the lessons they learned along the way.

    Zorra and Kate rafting together.
  • The Fascinating History of the Dog Harness

    The dog harness is one of the most crucial pieces of gear you can have in your dog’s kit. Let’s dive into the fascinating history of the dog harness and explore how it transformed alongside our canine companions.

    Woman hiking with her dog.
  • Do Dogs Need Life Jackets?

    Let’s dive into the benefits of life jackets for all types of swimmers, what to look for when searching for a dog life jacket, and how to find the right fit for your canine companion.

    Woman sitting on a paddleboard with her dog.
  • The Best Dog-Friendly Lakes, Rivers, and Hikes on the West Coast

    We asked our followers about the best dog-friendly lakes, rivers, and hikes on the west coast, and they answered the call. It’s time to lace up your boots and grab a leash. 

    Woman hiking with her dog.
  • SUP HUND 101: Paddelboarding Mit Hund für Anfänger

    How do you and your dog start paddleboarding without any experience? Learn the ropes with top tips from Ruffwear Pack members and a SUP instructor and dog trainer.

    Brad and umi sitting on a paddleboard in a lake
  • Beat the Heat With the Swamp Cooler™ Collection

    Learn how your canine companion can stay cool, comfortable, and protected from the summer heat with Ruffwear's Swamp Cooler™ Collection.

    Man, woman, and dog on a summer hike.
  • Montane’s Favourite Dog Hikes

    Looking for hiking inspiration in the North of England? The team behind the leading outdoor brand Montane reveals their favourite local hikes.

    A woman and two dogs walking in a field.
  • The Story Behind the Float Coat™ Life Jacket

    Ruffwear products are born out of the drive to provide a solution to a need or problem. The story of the Float Coat™ Life Jacket is no exception. It began after Ruffwear's Founder had a near miss while running the Kern River with his dog. He saw an opportunity to design a life jacket for dogs that is reliable, comfortable, and safe.

    Founder Patrick Kruse in kayak with his dog in a float coat sitting in his lap.
  • How to Minimize Your Carbon Pawprint

    The outdoors has so much beauty and wonder to offer. Discover tips for protecting and preserving the planet with our dogs.

    Jessica and her dog Luna on a hike.
  • Wild Waters and Wagging Tails: Overnight Rafting Adventures With Dogs

    Gloria and her dogs, Alberto and Shakira, love to embark on overnight rafting trips. Discover tips for an unforgettable adventure. 

    Gloria and her two dogs on a raft.
  • Wandering With Willow: 4 Dog-Friendly National Parks to Explore

    Willow is a full-time van life dog who has already seen 12 states and 17 national parks. Her human companion, Kaylin, has the lowdown on which spots are the most pup friendly.

    Kaylin and Willow walking in the desert.
  • The Knot-a-Collection: A Sustainability Journey

    As part of Ruffwear's innovation and sustainability journey, we’re spotlighting the Knot-A-Collection, our series of climbing rope dog leashes and collars. 

    A human gets ready to rock climb with their Blue Heeler by their side.
  • Behind the Scenes, Beneath the Snow: Ruffwear Pack Members Attend WBR’s Avy Dog Training

    Two of our very own Pack members went to participate in a four-day avy dog training program put on by Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR). Read about their incredible experience.

    An avalanche rescue dog and their handler.
  • What Do Avalanche Rescue Dogs Do?

    From their rigorous training to their valiant missions, avalanche rescue dogs are truly extraordinary. Let’s uncover what makes these pups such incredible heroes in the mountains. 

    An avalanche rescue dog and his handler
  • Guide: How To Run With Your Dog

    We're here to introduce you to running in a way that keeps it fun for you and your dog. Ready, set... run!

    Guide for how to run with your dog.
  • Training to Be an Avalanche Rescue Dog: Our Life in the Swiss Alps

    A Switzerland-based ski instructor and her dog Bolt are on a mission to make a difference. Read the heartwarming tale of Bolt’s journey to become an avalanche rescue dog.

    Sarah and her Australian shepherd, Bolt.
  • Bento Donates: Bento’s Blood Helps an Anemic Dog

    It’s true — dogs can donate blood, too! Learn how this amazing pup turned into a blood donor pro, lending a paw to animals in need.

    Bento and his human companion, Mark.
  • #MyDogIsMy: Adventure Buddy - Trust is the Most Important Thing

    Ruffwear Ambassadors Stephi and Nala love to travel, hike, paddle board, ski, camp, and adventure together. Discover how these two best buds build trust through all their outdoor pursuits.

    Ruffwear Ambassadors Stephi and Nala hit the slopes together.
  • A Tri-Paw Tackles the New Hampshire Peaks

    Meet Zoey, a sweet-faced 35-pound rescue mutt who loves to traverse the trails with her human companions. Despite being a tri-paw, Zoey confidently conquers the mountains and even works as a therapy dog in her spare time.

    Tri-paw dog Zoey hikes in the mountains.
  • Ambassador Field Notes: Exploring Germany With Our Dogs and Rooftop Tent

    Ruffwear-Botschafter Michael und Vanessa, zusammen mit ihren beiden Siberian Huskies, Eska und Lika, genießen das Reisen in ihrem Van in ihrer Heimat Deutschland. Folge mit, während sie ihren eigenen Weg bahnen.

    A man stands with their dog by a rooftop tent.
  • An Arctic Adventure

    Join Raya and her 12-year-old bull terrier, Grimlock, as they take on one of their all-time adventure checklist destinations: sea kayaking down the Dempster Highway in Canada.

    Raya and Grimlock pose by their van at the Arctic Ocean sign.
  • Field Notes: Snowboarding With Baku

    What does Olympic snowboarder, Omar Visintin, love the most about his sport? Sharing it with his four-legged partner in crime, Baku, a spirited Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix who’s been by his side since 2021.

    Omar and Baku look at each other while snowboarding.
  • The Scoop: Top Winter Gear from the Ruffwear Pack

    Straightforward, no-bones-about-it advice on winter dog gear, all from our trusted employees, the Ruffwear Pack.

    Two humans and two dogs wearing a Vert jacket explore in the snow
  • A Lineage of Performance Jackets for Dogs

    Ruffwear’s Founder and Product Line Manager provide insights and backstory on three iconic winter dog jackets

    Two dogs wearing the Vert Jacket sit on a rock with their human in winter.
  • Solo Hiking Mount Mansfield With Dobby and Max

    When Jillian Joan set out to solo hike Mt Mansfield with dogs Dobby and Max, she was a mix of excitement, nerves and apprehension. But, like dogs often do, they helped Jillian conquer new heights, and bag another peak. 

    Solo Hiking Mount Mansfield With Dobby and Max
  • Tips for Cold Weather Adventures and First Aid for Dogs

    There is nothing quite like watching your best friend bounding through fresh snow beside you, or the thrill of being pulled along on Nordic skis by a happy hound. Ruffwear Ambassador & Veterinarian Bronwyn Fullagar offers a few safety considerations for powder hounds, so that you can have a howling good time without having to end the day at the veterinary clinic! 

    Two humans ski alongside their dogs who are wearing Ruffwear Jackets
  • Hiking in the Pyrénées : A Practical Guide for an Unforgettable Adventure

    Ruffwear Ambassador, Rose, furry sidekick, Naïa, moved to the Hautes-Pyrénées mountains to be closer to nature and adventure. Here are their top tips for exploring this beautiful part of the world with your dog.

    Naia and Rose stand infront of a beautiful Vista in the French Alps.
  • We’ll Be Home For Christmas

    Every year in December, Jessica and dog, Luna, pack up their black Volkswagen Atlas ready for a 2,200-mile road trip from California to Ohio. Here's what she packs, where she stops, and what she does to keep Luna comfortable and energized for a their 32-hour-long journey.

    Luna and Emma sit in the back of their car, ready for a road trip.
  • How To Skijore With Your Dog This Winter

    Learn the dos and don'ts of Skijoring from Ruffwear's own Kadee and Sturgill, and Kelly and Juniper. It's a fun winter activity for the whole pack where your pup gets a chance to be in the lead.

    A human and dog Skijore together under a beautiful blue sky.
  • How To Plan A Dog-Friendly Honeymoon

    If you’re anything like us here at Ruffwear who include our dogs in just about everything we do, why not include them in a honeymoon, too? Here's how Ruffwear Marketing & PR Manager, Dani, planned hers so dog, Vilas, could join in on the vacation fun.

    Dani, Brian and Vilas smile at the camera during a hike in Moab.
  • Discovering Bikejoring Together

    When Meg adopted Leo, a husky and malamute mix, she realized he was a natural fit for the bike. He could run long miles over varying terrain and enjoyed the thrill of high-speed endurance sports. So, she began training him and teaching him new skills. This is how the pair started bikejoring together.

    Meg and Leo ride on a trail by the woods together. Leo is a large husky.
  • Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers

    If you’re on the hunt for holiday gifts for the dog lovers in your life, you’ve come to the right place. We’re dog lovers too and all our gear is designed to inspire fun outside. We’ve selected gear that will get tails wagging in the winter by offering warmth and extra visibility. Plus, we’ve picked out a few perennial pieces that are trail-ready and budget-friendly.

    Dog licks humans face while sitting on step of nordic warming hut in the snow.
  • Special Tails Belong On Every Trail

    When Emma was diagnosed with numerous, rare, chronic medical conditions at age 12 her life changed forever. But Zander, a four year old German Shepherd who is her Medical Alert Service Dog opened her eyes to new paths. Read their story and learn how to help ensure wholesome, safe and inclusive experiences for the disabled outdoors.

    Special Tails Belong On Every Trail
  • Trick or Treat? Our Dogs Will Have Both

    This time of year, we’ve got tricks and treats on the mind. And who better than our tail-wagging friends to show off the tricks they do for their favorite treats? When the Ruffwear Pack busts out the Treat Trader™, here’s what our dogs do. 

    A dog gives her human companion a hug.
  • Meet Ruddy: Mt. Bachelor's Playful Avalanche Dog

    Ruffwear’s Content Creator, Erin Swanson, recently made the trek to Mt. Bachelor with our Videographer, Photographer, and Community Manager. Their mission? Learn about (and play with) Mt. Bachelor’s newest avalanche puppy in-training, Ruddy.

    Ruddy the avalanche puppy in training sits on a snowmobile and looks up at his handler.
  • From The Couch To An Ultra Run With My Buddy

    When Karl Lee got his first dog, a playful brittany puppy named Sekani, he struggled to tire him out. So, they started running. What began as neighorhood 5ks soon transformed into ultra distances in the Canadian mountains. This is their story.

    A man stands by a blue lake in Canada with his dog.
  • Bailing Off Our First Thru Hike

    Follow along with Julianne and dog Indy,  three year old Pyrenees mix, as they attempt to hike 567 miles on the Colorado Trail (CT). After years of backpacking together and training all winter, Julianne was confident they could walk from Denver to Durango, but Colorado's weather had other plans.

    A woman stands with her dog in the mountains of Colorado.
  • HOW TO: DIY A Dog Crate End Table

    Kadee and dog Sturgill set out to build a DIY crate that can be used to store his toys, apparel, and gear -  and inevitably other items like plants, books, and treats. The goal was to help Sturgill feel safe in his enclosed space while also giving his humans a usable surface that looks nice in our house.

    Kadee sits with her dog on a dog bed.
  • How to Follow Your (Dog's) Nose

    Let those invisible trails of whiffs and sniffs lead you to new discoveries. With dogs as our guides, the secret's out: if it's the joy and freedom of adventure you're after, chances are it's right under your nose.

    How to Follow Your (Dog's) Nose
  • Being Bold: Wild Swimming with Lulu & Foxy

    For outdoor adventure lover, Fay Preene, wild swimming with her dogs Lulu & Roxy is not just an action or an exercise. It touches on her happiness, her job, the environment, and her social life. Fay has always loved water, be that being in it, on it, beside it or listening to it. She discusses getting to do it with her best four legged friends and provides tips on how to join her and wild swim safely with your dog too.

    Being Bold: Wild Swimming with Lulu & Foxy
  • The Life of Riley: Adventuring with My Senior Dog

    The biggest lesson we’ve learned, is that it’s not how far or fast you go – it’s the company you keep that makes an adventure special!

    The Life of Riley: Adventuring with My Senior Dog
  • Building Lasting Friendships: Introducing a New Puppy to the Pack

    Ruffwear ambassador, Siobhan Seller, shares her personal experience when introducing puppy Lunar to her dog Roshe, which didn’t unfold like a fairytale at first. Siobhan takes us through the ups and downs, highlighting the hurdles they faced and the heartwarming moments that made it all worthwhile.

    Woman with two dogs sitting on top of a rock outcropping
  • Who Rescued Who?

    As an adult, I adopted my first dog in 2010 - Chipper. My heart. He came from a small, overrun rescue in North Carolina. This was one of my first glimpses into the rescue/animal welfare world. Chipper moved across the country with me, to Arizona. I didn’t know anyone in Arizona. So what did I do?

    Woman taking a selfie with a small terrier dog in her lap
  • A Perfect Partnership: Fly Fishing with Sammy

    Whether it's fishing, hiking, or simply exploring new places, I now view every adventure with Sammy as a chance to deepen our connection and cherish the moments we spend together in the great outdoors.

    woman wearing fishing gear kissing dog on head
  • A Golden Adventure: Road Tripping With Two Dogs

    Ruffwear ambassador, Kyarna Rushworth, recently embarked on her first road trip with her two Golden Retrievers, Merlot and Winter. Although not everything went according to plan, they came out with unforgettable memories.

    A Golden Adventure: Road Tripping With Two Dogs
  • #MyDogIsMy Best Friend: A Tribute to a Very Good Dog

    #MyDogIsMy takes a deeper look at the role dogs play in our lives. Reptar ran head first and tail wagging into his role as Alex's sidekick, adventure buddy, teacher, and best friend. 

    Man taking a picture of a dog among wildflowers by a lake
  • The Scoop: Road Tripping with the Dogs of Ruffwear

    Dog and woman looking out car window on dirt road
  • Planning a Book Tour with Katie & Spaghetti for "On Digital Advocacy"

    Spaghetti is part of my identity as an outdoorist, as an advocate, and as a human being. Going on a book tour without her just wouldn’t be right. 

    Dog sitting on a bed next to a woman reading a book