Dog backpacks are an expensive accessory, ranging in price from 50-100 $. You can find them on sale sometimes at discount sporting goods websites for much less. If you own an active dog a pack is a great investment and most are very durable, so they will last a long time. I purchased one for my dog a few years ago and found that it is a great tool for training, and helping to keep him focused while out on long hikes and overnights. Here are some reasons why dog backpacks are an essential product for your active dog.
1. Your dog will get more exercise while wearing his dog backpack.
A tired dog is a good dog. But let’s face it, how often are our dogs actually tired? Whether you go for an hour run or a 15-minute walk, you will get tired faster than your dog. If you want him to get rid of some extra energy, slip his backpack on him and add some weight to the pockets. I put cans of soup or books in the sides, but you could use anything. Bags of sand would work well because they wouldn’t make any noise. Just be careful not to add too much weight, especially in the beginning. Work up to more weight. When you first get the backpack, just let them wear it with no weight so they get used to the feeling. My dog froze the first time he wore his bag. I then made him wear it, empty when we went for walks so he would associate the bag with fun things, now he does not mind it at all.
2. Your dog can carry his own stuff in his dog backpack.
When you hike, it will be handy to load up all your dog’s stuff in his own bag. When I hike with my dog, I put his food, toys, bowls and whatever else he needs in his backpack. It’s just less stuff for me to carry, and his stuff is all in one spot.
3. Carrying a dog backpack gives your dog a job to do.
A lot of dogs need a purpose. Carrying his own backpack will give your dog a job. Not only will it help eliminate extra physical energy, but it will also give him a mental challenge. This will also help to get rid of pent-up energy. You don’t have to put any weight at all in the pack to give your dog a mental challenge. Just wearing the pack is all it will take, especially as your dog is getting used to the pack.
4. The dog will not be as focused on pulling.
If your dog is focused on carrying his own backpack, he will be less focused on pulling, being first and getting over excited about other dogs and people.
5. It’s easier to see your dog while he wears his dog backpack.
Many dog backpacks have reflective strips on the side, so it’s easier to see my black dog in the dark. Since the packs are sold in a variety of colors you can buy a bright one so it would be easier for me or someone else to find him if he were to get lost in the woods.