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Old 11-08-2013, 04:24 PM
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Choosing a dog backpack

Just thought I'd start kind of a discussion thread on the topic.

I want to get Tigger a backpack so he can carry his own water on hikes. Not sure what to get him though.

My problem is that he's so thin and dainty (I hate to use that term for a male dog, but he is lol), I don't want a backpack so big or bulky that it's awkward for him. In other words, think of his build more like a slightly stockier whippet.



So far I'm liking the ruffwear singletrak pack:

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It's more streamline and fits closer to the body. But the ruffwear size chart makes me wonder if it would be too big for him. The small is 23 to 28, and he's 22.

I also like the ruffwear Palisades because it comes with the harness and comes, but it's kind of expensive and the size issue is still the same. The Approach also comes with the harness and comes in xs and xxs, but the packs look really deep. Does anybody know how much they adjust the size of the pack?

Any other recommendations or experiences with smaller framed dogs and backpacks?

I'm also wondering how much I can put in a pack. Again, he's 30 pounds small framed, though he is very athletic. One liter of water is 2.2 pounds and if you account for the weight of the pack, that's probably a little over 10% of his body weight. Is that acceptable?
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My friend has a Whippet x Aussie (42lbs) and uses the Singletrack on her. She likes it, and it fits the dog fine.
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Fwiw, I've read that the key thing with dog backpacks is making sure the bags are over the shoulders and not far back. Hopefully someone else will weigh in (hehe), but apparently they can also carry up to 25% of their body weight.
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I saw this review once of the palisades on a smaller framed dog, and although he looked a little goofy, it fit just fine and the dog was having a great time with the pack on. The palisades is definitely my favorite pack offered by ruffwear, simply because of all the different components of it, my favorite being that you can take the packs off and just have a harness if need be.
Ultimately, I think your decision on which of the three packs should be based on how much you're really wanting your dog to carry. If you're only wanting water, I'd probably go with Singletrak or approach. The palisades is a bit big for just water. I believe that the size should be fine, but you may want to look into their return policy just in case.

Dogs can carry up to 20-30% of their bodyweight, but you'll definitely want to start off light to get your dog used to the additional weight. The 2.2 pounds will be perfectly fine for your dog to carry.
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For an entry priced bag, Outward Hound has a decent backpack. The weight is carried on the shoulders. If I did Quest's again, I'd get the small instead of the medium. He was right on the cut off for the small. They have great customer service as well, which is always a plus. I did end up adding a snapclip to the chest strap, because Quest kept freaking out about putting it over his head.
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I agree, Outward Hound are pretty decent.

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For an entry priced bag, Outward Hound has a decent backpack. The weight is carried on the shoulders. If I did Quest's again, I'd get the small instead of the medium. He was right on the cut off for the small. They have great customer service as well, which is always a plus. I did end up adding a snapclip to the chest strap, because Quest kept freaking out about putting it over his head.
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Thumbs up Mt Smith - great packs, high quality.

I got a terrific, well-made, durable, comfy pack from Mountain Smith -
Mountainsmith - Dog Packs


my Akita loved hiking & camping, & having her help carry [dog-food & water]
was a big help.
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I would start with the ruffwear then if he gets to where he likes it a lot move up to a bigger one. Make sure to slow start putting weight in it use it daily tell it has the desired weight or things in it. When I did mine I added new things to it every week tell they were ready. :-):-)
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