Travel Dog Gear for Safety and Comfort Together
Dogs are the ultimate minimalist travelers. Most outdoor and large breed dogs don’t need booties, sweaters, or backpacks.
That’s a good thing when you’re traveling because you don’t have room to carry anything that isn’t essential to their health, safety, or comfort.
Just because your dog’s outdoor gear should be necessary and useful, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be beautiful too!
Beautiful dog gear – just like a gorgeous motorcycle – inspires you to get out there and have adventures together.
Sometimes a gorgeous collar, leash, or dog travel bed is the thing that helps you break free from the strong gravitational pull of the sofa and Netflix!
Click on the name or ▼ below to for some information and our feedback about the gear we use.
Everything we make at RUFFLY is designed specifically for outdoor activities, travel, and adventure. If it can’t hold up safely and beautifully to the abuse that our German shepherd Moxie gives it, then it has no place as part of our RUFFLY collection.
That means it’s ethically made, gorgeous to behold, and can easily hold up to a rambunctious German shepherd in the full heat of chasing a cat, squirl, moose, or grizzly bear!
RUFFLY Knotted Collar
The Knotted Collar is runway ready, outdoor tough, and does good for the indigenous artisans and craftspeople who make it.
We put Moxie’s Knotted Collar to the test every single day. She is unrelenting in the punishment she gives it and it holds up beautiful as ever. –Jess
RUFFLY Kibble to Go Bag
Moxie sees a cat, squirrel, bison, skunk, or bear – she bolts, I brace, and her Knotted Leash holds fast! –Jess
RUFFLY Only Paw Prints Poop Bag Holder
It secures to the leash at both ends for a no-dangle hang. –Greg
RUFFLY TenderPaw TREKKER Bedroll
I roll up Moxie’s TenderPaw and attach the shoulder strap rings to her Cockpit. The waterproof bottom keeps it clean and dry even when we ride through rain. When I unroll it at the campsite or hotel room, Moxie knows to curls up, let her guard down, and get some rest. –Jess
RUFFLY Mother Hucker
The Mother Hucker is a natural dye-free cotton rope toy for hours of wholesome outdoor fun and exercise.
Moxie and I huck whenever we’re off the bikes and have some extra energy to burn because no day should end without a satisfying huck! –Greg
Tractive GPS Dog 4
The Tractive GPS DOG 4 runs off the mobile network, has coverage in over 150 countries, and conveniently clips to a standard collar of harness.
I call the Tractive “Moxie’s Tracker” because it gives me so much peace of mind to know that I can find her pretty much anywhere. It even has a fitness component so I can make sure she gets plenty of exercise in addition to those comfortable ‘in the saddle’! –Jess
FEEDING AND NUTRITION
Good nutrition is the key to keeping Moxie healthy, energetic, and alert so that we all can get the most out of our adventures together. It all begins with the RUFFLY Kibble to Go Bag, which carries 16 cups of kibble in the water-resistant interior and our Zesty Paws supplements in the kangaroo pouch.
German shepherds, like many large-breed dogs, have an unfortunate tendency towards hip and joint problems. So we alway mix in her Zesty Paws Mobility Bites, which contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help keep her wheels turning and tail wagging.
The Salmon Oil helps keep her skin healthy and her coat shiny through all the long days of hard play and fast riding.
RUFFLY Kibble to Go Bag
It carries 3-4 days of food for my rambunctious shepherd plus I store her supplements in the handy front pocket. –Jess
Zesty Paws Vet Strength Mobility Bites
Vet Strength Mobility Bites are veterinarian-formulated and made with a high concentration of ingredients to be the most advanced formula in the entire Zesty Paws line of mobility supplements to support hip and joint health.
Moxie had spinal stenosis surgery about six months before we launched GoRUFFLY Around the World. So I worry endlessly about keeping her hips and joints healthy, which is why I landed on Zesty Paws when I sought out the best nutritional supplements for my beastie! –Jess
Zesty Paws Hemp Elements Plus Mobility Bites
All the qualty ingredients of traditional Mobility Bites, such as Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and OptiMSM, with the addition of Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract to support hip and join function, cartilage, connective tissue, and muscle health.
I order the Hemp Elements Mobility Bites purely for the health benefits, but was I also curious to see if the drug-sniffing dogs at the U.S.-Mexico border would rat us out for the hemp? Sure, maybe a little curious… –Jess
Zesty Paws Pure Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
Hours of riding, hard play, and plunging into streams every day can do a number on Moxie’s skin and coat. The salmon oil helps keep her shiny and scratching less! –Jess
HydraPak SoftFlask 250 mL
Travel tip: put your Alaskan Salmon Oil in one SoftFlask and your Mobility Bites in another to bring it on the road. The two SoftFlasks fit perfectly together in the Kibble to Go Bag’s kangaroo pouch! –Greg
We designed the K9 Moto Cockpit for superior performance under the most challenging adventure motorcycle conditions: difficult terrain, off-road riding, tall motorcycle, and a large dog. The challenging riding we tackle during GoRUFFLY Around the World proves it!
The few Cockpit accessories ensure that Moxie is safe, comfortable, and protected. Her K9 Moto Harness ensure she is safely strapped into the Cockpit and her Rex Specs protect her eyes and ears from flying debris and excessive noise.
The Cockpit allows for unrestricted cooling airflow in hot weather riding conditions. The SunShield provides ultra lightweight cover against blazing sunshine while the Rainfly provides insulation and a waterproof barrier for extreme cold and rainy conditions.
RUFFLY K9 Moto Cockpit
Even before the world adventure, the Cockpit has carried Moxie safely through thousands of kilometers of riding and plenty of off-road crashes. It feels like riding with a small human passenger and the laying down position keeps her relaxed and comfortable for hours. –Jess
RUFFLY K9 Moto Harness
It’s really important to secure the dog’s butt as well as their chest when they’re riding. It’s much safer because it prevents them from somersaulting forward in an emergency stop or tip over. That’s what the K9 Moto Harness does – and it looks great while doing it! –Jess
Rex Specs Dog Goggles
The Rex Specs Dog Goggles provide stable, secure eye protection for your dog.
Moxie gets almost as much attention for her Rex Specs as she does for riding on my motorcycle. I won’t lie, it’s sometimes a bit annoying! – Jess
Rex Specs Ear pro
The Rex Specs Ear Pro will protect your dog’s ears and can limit your dog’s hearing damage over time.
I put on Moxie’s Ear Pro whenever we’re riding at speed for long distances. It was essential equipment when we tackled an “Iron Tail” ride – 1,000 miles in 24 hours. – Jess
RUFFLY K9 Moto Rainfly
The K9 Moto Rainfly is a lightweight, packable, waterproof cover for your dog’s Cockpit to protect against rain, wind, and cold for comfortable riding in adverse weather.
Not only does it keep Moxie warm, dry, and comfortable but it means that I can focus my full attention on the road, knowing that Moxie is fully protected from the elements. –Jess
RUFFLY K9 Moto SunShield
Ultra-lightweight and package, the K9 Moto SunShield protects against the harsh sun without catching wind or blocking the cooling airflow while your dog rides in their K9 Moto Cockpit.
Moxie’s dark fur absorbs sunlight and creates a lot of heat in strong sunlight conditions. The K9 Moto Sunshield keeps her fur cool and protects her from the sun’s harsh rays without creating a sail over my motorcycle or blocking the natural ventilation of her Cockpit. –Jess
RUFFLY K9 Moto TailBag
I use it to carry Moxie’s K9 Moto SunShield, some treats, and other assorties essentials that I don’t have space for anywhere else. – Jess
BONUS: How to Record Your Dog’s POV
The joke about photo and video enthusiasts is: We spend the whole time futzing with cameras, lenses, batteries, and SD cards in order to capture the fun that we’re NOT actually having.
It’s a delicate balance to strike between living the adventure and documenting it to share. It became a whole lot easier and more fun when we created the MoxieCam to capture Moxie’s point of view.
Project “MoxieCam” was a textbook example of merging technology with good ol’ fashion DIY ingenuity and the result is a high-quality recording of Moxie’s – or your dog’s – POV to share their unique perspective on the adventure without encumbering them with additional gadgets, straps, and harnesses.
We created the MoxieCam by mounting an Insta360 Go 2 action camera within it’s clip-on holder to the top of Rex Specs Dog Goggles. The result is a highly stabilized, high definition recording of everything Moxie see when she’s riding the motorcycle, hiking the trail, kayaking on the lake, and more.
The MoxieCame setup is super lightweight and perfectly integrates with Moxie’s riding goggles so she doesn’t even know it’s there. That means no dogs were annoyed in the recording of our videos! –Jess