How To Choose the Right Backpack for a Dog

Dog backpacks are great for storing small light objects as you take your pet with you on hikes or runs. The backpacks can be used for storing treats for your dog, water, and even plastic bags that you can use to scoop up whatever your dog may leave behind as you take your walk on the park. Here’s how you can select the best backpack for your canine.

Weight. The weight of the bag and the weight that it can carry are two of the most important things that you should consider before purchasing a backpack for dogs. Keep in mind that dogs are not horses and are not used to carrying very heavy loads. Usually, a dog is able to comfortably carry 25 percent of its body weight. This means that a dog that is a hundred pounds in weight can carry 25 pounds. The weight that the dog can carry includes the weight of the backpack itself.

Padding. Some dogs with long fur will be able to handle backpacks that have no or little padding. If your dog has short hair, however, you should choose a backpack that has enough padding in the straps and in the part of the bag that is in contact with the dog’s back, otherwise the dog’s skin can get irritated especially when it runs with the backpack on. The padding should be light and breathable, especially if you are planning on taking your pet to long hikes and runs which can be very tiring for the dog as well.

Fitting. Before you purchase the backpack, make sure that it has a perfect fit for your dog. While most dog backpacks have adjustable straps, it is still best if you purchase the backpack with the exact size and shape of your dog in mind. Better still, if you can bring the dog along with you as you purchase the backpack. This will allow you to actually get the idea of how the backpack fits on the dog. If you are purchasing a backpack for a dog that is yet to reach its maturity, you should consider how much more the dog will grow. Also remember that very small or young dogs should not be made to carry too much.

Balance. The pockets and the pouches in the backpack should also be evenly distributed. When you use the backpack itself, make sure that you add equal amounts of weight on the left and the right side of the backpack. Backpacks whose weight is unevenly proportioned will tend to walk unevenly.

Design. Finally, consider the design. There are backpacks to suit every dog owner’s taste. Some are very chic and fit for fashionable young pet owners living in urban cities, while others are more rugged are more fitting for sporty dogs and dog owners. The backpacks also come in a wide range of colors.

Easily carry your dog’s favorite chew toy, treats, and water with a doggie backpack. Through these steps, you should be able to select a backpack that will look great and fit great on your pet.


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