From newfangled frisbees to super resilient leashes, dog gear is getting more advanced and more tailored to the never-changing needs of man's best friend. These new accessories can take a beating and a biting, making it possible to take Rex on a camping trip in the backcountry – or up a mountain – without worrying more about his needs than your own.
Zee.Dog Ruff Leash
Despite the incredible diversity of leashes, only a few dog leads are actually suited to walkies. Chain leashes, which can hurt a dog's teeth, should be avoided, and leather leashes, which need to be carefully maintained, cost a pretty penny. That leaves nylon leashes, but the durable, coarse fabric can burn your hand if you've got a puller (or your dog's legs if he gets himself wrapped up). Fortunately, Zee.Dog has perfected the nylon leash by adding a neoprene-lined handle and a shock-absorbent polyurethane strip near the collar clip that protects the dog from friction burns and can handle up to 600 pounds of force – in case a bunny proves too tempting. [Ruff Fatboy leash, pictured, $30; zee-dog.com]