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Whenever you go on a hike, you’re sure to pack a lot of gear—so much that it might be hard to squeeze everything into one bag. When you bring your pup along, you’ll need to bring her silicone collapsible dog bowl, dog harness, a dog first aid kit and other essentials. Dog backpacks are designed to hold all your pup’s gear to make your hiking trip easier—and lighter! There are several dog backpacks to choose from to suit your pup’s style (brown fur and a brown backpack just wouldn’t do!) and packing needs: The Outward Hound DayPak for dogs comes in three sizes for every courageous Chihuahua, bold Bulldog and daring Doberman. There are two colors to choose from: bright neon green to help spot your dog from far away, and complementary blue that looks nice on every fur color. This dog backpack is designed to be water-resistant, so if it rains, your pup’s gear will stay dry. The OneTigris Cotton Canvas Dog Backpack is made of heavy-duty cotton canvas with a durable design. Plus, this dog backpack features large zipper pockets for storing dog toys, dog treats and other treasures. For extra-large dog breeds, check out the KONG Trek dog pack. This dog backpack features a comfy, padded harness and reflective trim to keep your pup visible it’s starting to get dark on your hike. So, next time you’re planning your hiking adventure, or just need an easy, effortless way to pack your pup’s supplies, be sure to pick up a dog backpack at Chewy's online pet store where you find the best dog supplies.
The best dog backpacks are those that are comfortable for your dog and sturdy enough to carry all his supplies. Choose a dog backpack with a lightweight, breathable design, and look for one that is easy to get on and off for outings and rest stops. Adjustable straps on your dog's backpack will ensure a secure fit, while water resistant-fabric will protect its contents from splashes and unexpected showers. Some dog bookbags and backpacks will have reflective elements, too, for safety and added visibility at night.
Dog backpacks are safe, just be sure to get the right size for your dog and secure it properly. Avoid overloading your dog's backpack and monitor him closely for signs of fatigue. Dog backpacks can make dogs overheat more quickly in hot weather, so use caution on warm days and be sure to choose a breathable, lightweight dog pack for warmer climates.
You should get the dog backpack size that most closely fits the measurements and weight of your dog. Measure your dog's chest and compare it to the handy size chart that's included on the dog backpack listing. We also include a weight range on our product listings for further guidance. Size up if your dog is between sizes and make sure you can fasten the pack on securely. Never put your dog in a backpack that is the wrong size or have him wear one that isn't put on properly.
Put food, water, portable bowls, poop bags and other canine essentials in a dog backpack. For longer hikes, you may want to include things like treats, booties, a first aid kit and toys for your pup, as well. Avoid making your dog carry your essentials in his backpack, as you don't want to overload him or make him overheat. A good rule of thumb is to not let the backpack exceed 10-25% of your dog's weight.