First off let’s discuss what type of back pack is good for your pup. You want to choose a backpack that will be comfortable for your dog, so you won’t want to get a regular back pack but an actual doggie back pack. You should purchase a backpack that will fit well to your dog and will not be too large or too small. There are typically 3 sizes: Small, Medium and Large. You will want to measure your dog’s chest measurements to see what will fit best.
Adding a backpack to your dog with some weight in it may seem easy enough. This is not the case, you should contact your veterinarian to see how much weight you should be adding. The amount of weight you can add will differ significantly from dog to dog. There are many factors that can affect your dog’s ability to carry more weight. This could be: Old age, Puppy, underlying health issues, breed, and many more. Once you figure out what the correct weight will be for your dog to carry, keep a scale handy to weigh the pack before putting it on your pup.
How do you put weight in the pack? You can add a variety of objects into the pack to add weight. Here is a list of a few ideas you can add into the pack:
- Water for both you and your dog
- Water bowl for your pup
- Ice packs
- Toys and balls to play with
- Any other items you bring along with you
Adding a backpack to your dog walk can do 2 major things, give your dog a job and something to concentrate on, and also shorten the walk because it more strenuous. When you add the pack to your dog it gives your dog a responsibility and can help with some bad behaviors such as barking, pulling, or anxiety. Not only will it give your dog responsibility, you can also shorten your walk because it is giving them more physical activity then without a pack. This can help you significantly if you are in a rush and need the pooch exercised.
Give the backpack a try, your dog may be resistant to it at first but don’t let that stop you. They will soon feel comfortable with it if you keep persistence. You can start with just an empty pack first, get them used to it being attached to them and start slowly adding weight. If you have a small dog you likely won’t be able to add any weight, but having the pack can still help all the same.