How To Spring Clean Your Dog's Gear

How To Spring Clean Your Dog's Gear

  • Cristina Stavro

Winter is waning and you’re putting up your skis and snowshoes in anticipation of making the switch over to spring gear. As you start to pull out your dog's boots, packs, harnesses…YIKES. The pack is caked with dried up mud. The harness is sprouting its own fur. And the boots…what is that smell?!

Get a fresh start for the season with these tips on cleaning your dog’s gear.

Pro Tip: All these tips work well for cleaning your dog's gear before storing it at the end of the season, too.

Dog wearing boots jumping for stick

How to Clean Your Dog's Pack

  1. Secure all buckles and remove all contents including water bladders
  2. Shake out and shake off dirt and debris
  3. Hand wash in warm water, mild soap*
  4. Rinse thoroughly
  5. Air dry
  6. If needed, you can spot clean with a gentle brush (toothbrushes are great) or a rag with soapy water

To clean water bladders (found inside the Palisades Pack™ and SingleTrak Pack™):

  1. Clean after each use with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly
  2. Inflate bladders and allow to fully dry before storing
  3. Storing in the freezer with caps off prevent mold growth

How to Clean Your Dog's Boots

  1. Remove boots from storage bag
  2. Wash off loose dirt and dust with a clean cloth
  3. Secure all straps and closures
  4. Machine wash in cold water, gentle cycle, with mild detergent
  5. Air dry

How to Clean Your Dog's Boot Liners

  1. Machine wash, cold water, gentle cycle, mild detergent, no bleach
  2. Air dry

How to Clean Your Dog's Harness

  1. Secure all buckles
  2. Shake off dirt and debris
  3. Hand wash in warm water, mild soap*
  4. Rinse thoroughly
  5. Air dry
  6. If needed, you can spot clean with a gentle brush (toothbrushes are great) or a rag with soapy water

How to Clean Your Dog's Packable Bowls

  1. Shake off dirt and debris (and crumbs, if any)
  2. Hand wash in warm water, mild soap*
  3. Rinse thoroughly
  4. Air dry

How to Clean Your Dog's Leash & Collar

  1. Secure all buckles
  2. Shake off dirt and debris
  3. Hand wash in warm water, mild soap*
  4. Rinse thoroughly
  5. Air dry

Pro Tip: If your dog spends a lot of time in or around water (or maybe rolling in some choice trail remnants) traditional webbing collars are more prone to picking up a funk. Check out the Confluence™ Collar – the waterproof, stink-proof collar made of a coated webbing to seal out any of that odor producing bacteria.

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