January 5, 2021
Camping always includes a lot of packaging – for you and your dog. With dog backpacks, your furry friend can carry his own things during your hikes and will love his new job!
Although it may just seem more comfortable, providing a backpack to your dog has many physical and mental benefits for your puppy.
Keeps them in shape and builds muscles.
Helps your dog feel purposeful when hiking.
Many dogs want to feel like they have a job when you travel with them on hiking. Knowing that they help will make them feel happier.
Helps them focus
Making your dog feel like he’s working will reduce their chances of chasing anything during hiking.
Your dog will sleep well!
Here are some tips to help you train your dog to use a backpack.
Make sure you choose a backpack that suits your needs – whether you’re walking long walks or just using it to build your dog’s muscles, do some research before you buy. Check the sizing and leashes to see how well they fit your dog and how easily you can adjust them. Our sister brand Alpha Pak offers a wide selection of dog backpacks that will meet your needs!
Creating a positive connection between your dog and his backpack is crucial because you want them to love carrying it. Every dog is different, so some of them will need extra time and attention to feel comfortable with it.
First let your dog smell the backpack, then place it on your back like a blanket without hanging it. Keep turning it on and off, giving them treats to ensure a positive association as long as it doesn’t bother your dog. Once your dog is comfortable with the backpack on his back, fasten the straps and adjust them accordingly. Don’t forget to keep rewarding your dog for a good job!
Your dog will probably come across things the first time he carries his new backpack. Keep giving them rewards as they adjust to balancing it. When accustomed to the new equipment, add a little weight, making sure you start slowly and give your dog time to adjust to moving and overcoming things with more weight on his back.
Just as you wouldn’t wake up one day and run a marathon with a weighted backpack, you need to train your dog by increasing how much he carries. Conditioning your dog is crucial before you take him on a long hike with a lot of weight. Start small, with two to three percent of their body weight, moving up to carry up to 20 percent of your body weight. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about maximum weight recommendations for your dog based on their age and health.
Photo by @aspenandpiper on Instagram.
Once you take the time to get your dog used to your new backpack, you’re ready to go! Watch out for any rubbing or rubbing that would be a sign that you need to adjust the straps. Alpha Pak’s dog backpacks allow quick and easy adjustments with fixing buckles so that everything stays in place. Also, your dog may get tired of the extra weight, so be prepared to carry your weight if they get tired.
Does your dog carry a backpack? Tell us about it in the comments below and follow @campingwithdogs and @myalphapak on Instagram to keep you up to date on other safety tips for you and your dog!