Dog Backpacking

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Post by Guests » Thu Jul 05, 2012 3:21 am

Dog Backpacking

If you own one of the larger varieties of dog, he can carry not only his own gear, but some of the other members of the family's equipment. A small stove will probably fit into his pack, or a first aid kit, maps etc. You also have some protection from any vicious wildlife, or at least he could be a diversion for you to get out the way.

If you think of it, a dog can be an essential piece of equipment if backpacking in the wilderness, and no doubt you can think of further uses for your canine companion. Just be sure his backpack is secured tightly on his back and he is comfortable.

Be aware that although dogs are strong and can carry a good weight, don't overload him. The last thing you want is an exhausted dog dragging behind. That's why if your dog is a poodle or Chihuahua they are not suitable backpack dogs, but if they are obedient you can take them along for company.

When you buy a backpack for your dog, take him along to the store and get him fitted. Don't try to guess his height and weight and try to explain to the salesman by waving your arms around in the outdoor store. Also something to consider is the color and design of the backpack. Dogs can be sensitive about bright colors and large lumpy objects and you don't want him spooked every time you try to put on his backpack.

One main consideration is your dog's obedience. Dogs will chase things and you don't want your dog chasing wild critters in the wilderness with a loaded backpack. He may not be able to get back and may be carrying your cooking stove and maybe the last of your water. You dog must be made to heel on command.

Having your dog along on a backpacking adventure can be a unique experience, but as I mentioned before he must be well behaved. That includes well trained as well. Put the backpack on your dog and let him wear it on street walks for a few days to get him used to it. Start with an empty pack and the next day pack some items so it is a little heavier, then a little heavier the next day and so on. When your dog seems at ease with a full pack, you know he is ready for the big outdoors.

Another thing to ensure is the fitness of your dog. Is he fit enough to carry a backpack for longer distances rather than around the block as he did in training? The distance he needs to walk can be up to one-hundred miles, depending on your route and destination. Get your dog's general condition checked by a veterinary surgeon before your trip, and before any vigorous training.

Try to get an insight into how your dog feels about spending some time with you backpacking. Most dog owners know when their dog is unhappy and when he is delighted to carry out certain tasks. Be certain your dog enjoys carrying a backpack, and don't tempt him with cookies and doggie treats as you will get a false impression. Test the weight of the backpack and don't load it to capacity. Make the trip as pleasurable as possible for him as it will be for you.

There are a large variety of dog backpacks available with nylon straps, Velcro fastener, plastic buckles snaps and zippers. You can choose from a selection with an assortment of pockets, but get the best quality you can afford. If your dog enjoys the trip, so will you, and you can look forward to many splendid vacations with your companion in the years to come.

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Post by Guest » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:34 am

Review by Anthony for Rating: I was wondering whteher to get this or the larger Flipside 300 as I have some fairly big lenses I sometimes carry, depending on the type of photography I'm doing. In the end, preferring to go for nothing bigger than I absolutely have to carry (I wanted something as inconspicuous as possible), I plumped for this and I'm very glad I did. It's great that I can fit a body (D90, and at a pinch, D700 size) and two large lenses (it will just about take a Nikon 24-70mm and 70-200mm) along with a few minor accessories (spare batteries, memory cards, etc). Three smaller lenses wouldn't be a problem either, and the inside can be partly compartmentalised for easy stowage.As others have said, the security side of things is great too with you needing to take it off to take things out, so no-one will be helping themselves to the contents without you knowing.I also like the fact that it doesn't look much like a photographer's bag, but more of a smart, sturdy rucksack. If you're after something of this size, I don't think you'd be disappointed.


Post by Guest » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:47 pm

Ww may have talked to the same lady. This weneked there was a Pet Expo here in Colorado and a new customer was telling us the story how she was pulled over by an attachment which connects to the seat. What makes the Bike-a-Buddy different is a low attachment on both sides of the bicycle. We also designed a spring system which allows the dog to pull. There are times where a distraction ie. squirrel other dog runs across our path but as long as we are moving forward the dog's momentum keeps them moving with the bike. If you get a chance to watch our videos online ( watch how Buddy the dogs pulls. It doesn't get much worse than that.Thanks again,Terry

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