Designing an Adventure Harness for camping and hiking with small dogs


Pipsqueak and Bosco go adventuring along the Mogollon Rim in Arizona in their Comfort Vest Harness by Oxford Dogma

We recently bought our first camper and have been taking our dogs, Pipsqueak and Bosco, with us on camping trips. They're still getting used to the camper, but they LOVE going on walks in the woods with us!

We used their everyday harnesses for these walks but the paths are so dusty that the harnesses (and dogs) got a lot of dirt and grim embedded in them. So while relaxing around the table during a game of Gin Rummy we brainstormed how I could make a harness more compatible with outdoorsy activities. After all, the original Comfort Vest Harness is meant for city walking!

prototype of a Comfort Vest Harness - Adventure Edition
An early prototype of a Comfort Vest Harness - Adventure Edition

The features of the Adventure Harness that I'm most excited about

  • durable, waterproof fabric that's easy to wipe off so it feels cleaner and less grimy
  • a little cargo pocket to hold some emergency poop bags
  • a pocket to hold an ID card, where the dog's name, our contact information, and our camping location details are written in case they get separated from us

When we were packing up to leave during the last trip, we actually someone drive up and ask if we had lost an old dog. Apparently they found one in the woods and were driving around trying to locate the owner. It was incredibly thoughtful of them to do this, and I hope they were able to connect the poor dog with his mom and dad!

This experience drove home the importance of having clear ID right with the dog because even if he or she is microchipped, getting the dog to a vet to read the chip is really inconvenient if you're in a remote location. And even if the collar tag has the owner's phone number, there isn't always cell service when camping.

I'm excited to get a couple of prototypes made for our dogs to see how they hold up on our next adventure! And if all goes well, I'll be offering them for custom orders for parents of little dogs who like to go adventuring as well.


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