Jay, Nancy and Finn

Jay and hiking buddy Poncho


Trail Hound Gear Shop got its start in 1999 in Asheville, North Carolina as a unique store that sold hand-crafted gear for people who hike with their dogs. Using in-house sewing machines, ingenuity and hard work, we created a product line customized for hiking the beautiful and rugged mountains that surround us.

The quality of our products and the healthy outdoor lifestyle they promote earned us a feature spot in Outside Magazine (2002 Annual Buyer’s Guide) as one of America’s Best Gear Shops.

Now all Trail Hound Gear is proudly manufactured in our North Carolina sew shop, Firefly Studio.  There Nancy and I hand craft each collar, leash and pack that is sold in our online store.

We appreciate our loyal customers and the dogs they love. Hopefully you’ll join us on our continuing journey in the shop and on the trail.

~ Jay Schoon, Owner

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ABOUT OUR SHOP:  Whether you and your best friend are going for a walk around the block or on a transcontinental trek, you can rely on Trail Hound Gear Shop to provide years of service with the comfort, safety and confidence of owning the best.

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