3 May 2014

Top 6 reasons your dog needs a backpack!


Your dog needs a backpack.  It's true.  Dog's need jobs, and back packs are great ways to keep them employed. 

People have been putting backpacks on dogs, for hundreds of years.   People have been putting dogs IN backpacks for a long time as well, but that is beyond the scope of this article.   

Top 5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Backpack


1.  Backpacks can be enjoyed by dogs of almost any size!  


There are a ton of backpacks out there for dogs, from tiny poodles, to giant danes.  Finding a backpack to fit your dog and your budget is easy!   Whenever possible, it is advisable to "try before you buy".  Check that the pack is easy to put on, adjustable, and that your dog does not have an adverse reaction to it before you shell out the cash.  

2.  Makes them tired.


Hey! That's reason enough right there!  A tired dog is a good dog!  We find that a backpack doesn't need to have very much in it, it can even be empty, for a dog to feel mentally tired, and physically fulfilled!  


Here Secret Weapon carries a pack with water in it.  Not only is the water handy, he was a little calmer with the added weight.


3.  Makes them useful.


The possibilities of what you can pack in your dog's pack are endless!   Extra batteries for the camera, water, sunscreen, a first aid kit for the dogs, dry socks, extra shoes, a bathing suit.  A backpack is convenient, and can carry whatever you  and your dog need!  River has even packed gold out for me!   


There's gold in them there pack!



4.  Boosts their confidence.


The more training you do with your dog, the more confident your dog is.  The more confident your dog is, the happier your dog is.  It's a win-win situation!  

In addition, you will receive comments form other trail users about how cool  your dog looks in his pack.   Dogs love to be noticed, especially when they are working hard!  Who doesn't love to be praised?!  

River is happy to carry firewood back to camp


5.  They look cooler. 


Okay, so that one is a bit subjective, but in all seriousness, I think that when other trail users see a dog,  they see a dog who is working. They see a useful dog, with a purpose.  People can respect that.   Not all trail users are fans of dogs, and not all trail users want to share their trails with dogs.   The more Public Relations you and your dog can do, the more access to trails we all enjoy! 



6.  Your dog can carry his own stuff

On longer treks our dogs carry their own food, and bowls in, and they carry their bowls, and poop out.   When in bear country, we always double bag the food.  We double bag the poop as well.  When talking bags, make sure you squeeze out any extra air in the bags, so the plastic doesn't pop, leaving a mess in the pack! 


There you have it.  The Top 6 reasons your dog needs a backpack.  So go, get a backpack! Visit our Gear for Sale Page.    You, and your dog will both be happier for it. 


Burger is just learning to use a backpack so he can carry his own stuff on our adventures!


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