If you are looking for information on how to teach your dog use a dog backpack and what to pack before you take him hiking with you, then read this article to get started on a fun way for you and your dog to start enjoying the outdoors together.
In this article we’re going to look at three tips to help you teach your how to use a dog backpack. First we are going to show you how to find the right backpack for your dog. Next, we are going to show to condition your dog before taking him hiking and finally what to back in your dog backpack for the hike. After reading this article, you’ll be able to take your dog for an outdoor adventure that you’ll both enjoy. Pet Backpack
First we need find the right backpack for your dog. Are you using this backpack for day trips or long hikes on a trail? Day trips only require a lightweight pack that can hold a few small items while trail hiking requires one of the larger canvas type packs that have several pockets. Purchasing the right dog backpack is import for both the comfort and safety of your dog. You need to measure your dog length and girth to get a proper fit. To measure his length, start with the measuring tape at his shoulder blades and measure to the base of his tail. For his girth start at his shoulder blade and wrap it around the widest part of his chest. This will make sure that the backpack straps are not rubbing underneath the dog’s body as while the dog is walking. Make sure the dog backpack has straps that can be easily adjusted and a clip for the leash on top. Placing the backpack on your dog and let him wander around the house with it on his back for a few days, until he is comfortable with it.
Once your dog is comfortable with the new backpack, then attach a leash and take him out for a walk around the neighborhood. Don’t add any weight until the dog is comfortable wearing the backpack on his daily walks. During these walks you want to make sure that he will listen to your commands both on and off the leash and not be distracted by the backpack. After a couple of days slowly start adding at weight. A good way to add extra weight is to use plastic water bottles, put one water bottle on each side of the backpack to balance the weight. Build up the amount of weight that your dog can carry, but never allow your dog to carry more than 20-30% of his body weight. This will not only get your dog use to the weight of the backpack, but also build up the muscles in his legs and body for the long day of hiking.
You are now ready to take your dog for that fun day on the trail, but not sure what you should pack in his dog backpack for hiking. The great thing about your dog having his own backpack is that you can lighten your load on the trail.