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How to Choose the Right Backpack for Your Adventure Dog

Keep your trail buddy happy by finding the right backpack!

The Perfect Fit

My buddy Wyatt is a jovial dog who loves comfort during a hard day’s work! When it comes to carrying his own weight, he prefers a well fitted backpack that includes both chest and girth straps. Be sure the straps are padded as this will provide additional comfort when your dog needs lifting over water, boulders or other various obstacles.

Look for removable saddle bags. This will aid your good buddy during water crossings, boulder hopping or start to notice some fatigue. While velcro straps are quicker, I would avoid them as they tend to wear over-time and will often separate when caught on debris. Look for internal straps within each saddle bag, this will help distribute weight and keep items in place. 

One Hot Dog

Wyatt loves orange  – don’t ask me how I know this! Wyatt won’t admit it, but his prey instinct has caused him to chase down a few rabbits leaving him separated from his dad. With bright colors such as orange, it makes it easier to help locate your dog should you get separated. Reflective strips are a plus and can be vital at nighttime.

In Summary

Once you hit the trail, be sure to have everything you need. No matter how long the hike, you need to bring plenty of food and water. Products like Gulpy, Kibble Carrier and Collapse A Bowl work great to keep your dog hydrated and energized. Wyatt thanks you for reading this story and wishes everyone ‘Happy Tails’...I think he meant 'Trails'! 

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Dan DeubleinExplorer

Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and editor of The Proper Function, an outdoor online editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.