A good paw rub or wax is a must have for hiking with your dog. Musher's Secret is a great and popular option, although there are several alternatives. Some sort of paw protectant will help keep your dog's paw pads healthy with high mileage. Musher's Secret protects dog pads across all 4 seasons.
Before Toby and I started our 900 mile trek on the Appalachian Trail, I knew I had a lot more planning to do than solo human hikers. The logistics of bringing a dog along changes thru hikes a lot, especially when it comes to food.
Collars are an important part of hiking with your dog. They keep your dog near you, but also have your contact information in case your pooch gets lost. I'm a huge fan of the waterproof type of collar after hiking long distances. It looks good and stays in good shape.
The following is a list of the items Toby used for our 900 mile Appalachian Trail trek. There are endless options for your dog in terms of gear, but here is what I chose!