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Easter Clothes for Dogs

Easter Clothes for Dogs

Easter is not only an important day in the eyes of millions of Christians throughout the world but it also serves as a yearly milestone that seems to usher in the sense of spring. Granted, the “real” first day of spring is in March but […]

Dog Pajamas for Our Four-Legged-Friends of All Sizes

Dog Pajamas for Our Four-Legged-Friends of All Sizes

Stop what you’re doing right now and run a google image search for puppies in pajamas! OK, now that we’re on the same page, come back and read this article. We want to show you where you can find yourself some dog pajamas of your […]

Top Rated Dog Backpacks

Top Rated Dog Backpacks

Top Rated Dog Backpacks

If you and your doggie are both outdoorsy types, perhaps you’ve thought about getting your furry adventure partner his very own backpack. After all, your dog needs supplies like water, and possibly food just like you do. What better way to take along these extra items than to have your dog carry them? In this article, we’ll look at some top rated dog backpacks to help you do just that.

There is wisdom in putting dog supplies in a dedicated dog backpack. First, it could help you remember to bring along the essentials for fido instead of forgetting them at home and being forced to give him your own water from your bottle. (Doing this opens you to the risk of getting dog slobber on the drinking end.) Second, if you have a lot of gear in your own backpack, it allows you to access what your dog needs quickly, instead of rummaging among all the other stuff you may have packed.

You can keep a number of things inside the dog backpack including water, dog food, a collapsible water bowl, a leash, dog boots, etc. Also, consider the fact that high-energy dogs can benefit from a little extra weight on their backs. Bearing a load will help them burn off steam and get the exercise they need with less mileage. In the winter, walking with a weighted backpack can help any dog get the exercise they need while spending less time outside in the frigid air.

For more specifics on doggy backpack do’s and dont’s, check out this excellent article by Cesar Milan. And then read on for a range of recommended top rated dog backpacks. Whether you want something simply for weighted neighborhood walks, or you want to take your pup on a multi-day backpacking trip in the wilderness, there’s something for everybody.

Outward Hound DayPak for Dogs

This versatile backpack is perfect for everything from casual walks to long day hikes in the mountains. The saddlebags on each side both feature 2 expandable pockets perfect for storing everything from treat bags to a dog camping tent ;). The pocket measurements are 8.5 x 5.5 x 2 inches in the small daypak, the Medium measures 11.5 x 6 x 4 inches and the Large measures 12.5 x 7 x 4.5 inches.

The backpack is made of breathable mesh and adjustable straps. This backpack is closer to the budget end so it isn’t perfect. The straps may give you a bit of trouble to get them adjusted correctly at the start, but once you tighten them right it should stay on without sliding. The fabric is vibrant for easy visibility and made of water-resistant material for those outdoor adventures. It also comes with a D-ring for direct leash attachment. All in all its more than worth the $20 price tag from chewy.com.

==> Buy yours at Chewy.com for more than 50% off the list price! <==

Approach™ Pack

Top Rated Dog Backpacks

Ruffwear packs are higher end, and you’ll see that reflected in the price tag. But almost nothing beats Ruffwear when it comes to outdoor adventure gear for the doggo.

The Approach Pack is made for all-day hiking or short overnight trips. The saddle-bags are higher capacity than the outward hound daypak and better fitted for performance. They are radially cut to fit close to the body for better load-carrying and integrated into the harness for optimal stability and fit.

A five-point adjustment system allows you to customize the pack fit just right for your pooch, making him comfortable and raring to go! Something we love about this backpack is the straps are made so that there are no loose ends hanging and flapping around your dog’s body.

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Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack

Top Rated Dog Backpacks

The Kurgo Baxter dog backpack is another highly adjustable well-made pack. The integrated harness has two points for leash attachment, either in the front or near the back. A bit of a quirky feature is that the front leash attachment point also doubles as a bottle opener.

This backpack works for dogs from 30-45 pounds. It is lightweight and comfortable, has reflective trim and comes with a large handle on the back that you can use to assist your dog over obstacles, water, etc. But what makes the Kurgo Baxter pack stand apart is the great customer service offered and a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects.

This pack works great for adding extra weight to neighborhood walks or for carrying the essentials on day-hiking adventures.

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Outward Hound Kyjen Dog Backpack

Top Rated Dog Backpacks

Choose from four bright colors and three sizes for this harness. The Outward Hound Kyjen dog backpack not only includes all the best features like reflective trim for visibility, large storage pockets, and adjustable straps, but the saddlebags are easily detachable from the harness.

We love this feature because it allows you to quickly remove the weight from your dog during rest breaks or any time you need to without going through the process of unbuckling the harness and then re-buckling when its time to move again. This also makes it easy to get inside the pockets if your pups, not one to stand still and let your rummage around his backpack while he’s wearing it. The pockets are large enough to carry food, water, treats, and some extras. And they come with a dedicated water bottle holder.

The downside of this pack is that there is nowhere to clip a leash, so if a leash is required, your dog will need to wear a collar as well, or you can clip a carabiner to the handle and attach the leash to that.

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K9 Pursuits Trail-Blazer Dog Back Pack

With a similar idea to the Outward Hound Kyjen backpack, the K9 pursuits Trail-Blazer allows you to detach the saddlebags from the harness. But, instead of both saddlebags detaching all in one, the Trail-Blazer bags detach individually. Depending on your preference this could either be better or worse.

This allows for easier access to specific items in one pocket, but remember that you shouldn’t make your dog run around lopsided! Be sure to keep both sides on while he’s walking, and try to keep the weight as equal as you can. This pack also comes with a D-ring for lead attachment!

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Cesar Millan Dog Backpack

Top Rated dog Backpacks

This backpack was created by the dog whisperer himself. Cedar Millan maintains that weighted backpacks can help high-energy dogs get the exercise they need, reduce anxiety and give your dog purpose by giving them a job. This pack is breathable, and water resistant for the adventurous doggo’s and the straps are elastic so as not to restrict leg motions.

This pack is not designed to clip a leash to, so keep in mind that your dog should wear his regular collar as well.

If your looking for a pack designed and sold by a dog expert, then this it it.

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Ruffwear Palisades Dog Pack

Top Rated Dog Backpacks

We’ll throw one more Ruffwear pack on here at the end. The Palisades pack was made with thru-hikers and multi-day backpackers in mind. If you need a pack that has ample storage room to carry supplies for several days out on the trail, this pack will do the trick.

The saddlebags are removable and come with 2 hydration bladders to help make sure you’ve got enough water for your furry friend. The pack is made with a cross-load compression system that helps stabilize the loaded gear and keep things easy for your dog to carry.

Please note that dogs need to work up to heavier loads. If your dog is just starting out, begin with no more than 10% of his body weight loaded into the packs, with training, you can work up to no more than 25% with this backpack.

==> Shop Ruffwear Dog Backpacks Here <==

We hope you found your perfect pack!

At least one of these packs is bound to fit your needs. We hope you found something to try out that will benefit both you and your best friend. As always, let us know if you have any questions! And feel free to share any personal doggie backpack experience you may have in the comments below.

Denim for Dogs

Denim for Dogs

Whether you’re all about the low-rise, mid-rise, boot cut, skinny, bell bottoms, acid wash or anything else, there’s no doubt that denim in any style imaginable has been trendy at one point or another. But man those $250 jeans that look like they’ve been washed […]

Valentine Gifts for Dogs and Dog Lovers

Valentine Gifts for Dogs and Dog Lovers

Once again Valentine’s day is almost upon us. If you’re in a relationship, you’ve probably been putting some thought into what you might purchase for that special someone. Perhaps you’ve already purchased something fantastic. But, if you haven’t thought about it yet, here’s a quick […]

No Pull Dog Harnesses – Head Collar vs. Chest Harness

No Pull Dog Harnesses – Head Collar vs. Chest Harness

No Pull Dog Harnesses

There are a myriad of devices that pet owners use to attach leashes to their dogs. And these devices generally fall into two categories, collars, and harnesses. There are lots of different collars and lots of different harnesses and lots of different reasons why you might use one over the other. But we’ll save that general debate for another day.

Right now we want to focus in on a specific problem that many of us, dare I say almost all of us, dog owners go through. And that is the perpetual puller. Our Runway Rovers, especially the younger ones, get so excited to get out on their walks that they would practically strangle themselves against the leash if we let them. So let’s talk about some of the best no pull dog harnesses that can help fix the problem.

Front Attachment Chest Harnesses

Front attachment harnesses are much lauded for the control they give to pet parents while, at the same time, maintaining comfort for the pets. Just like the name implies, your leash is clipped to the front of the harness which causes pressure to be applied along the chest and shoulders if your dog pulls. This turns your pup back towards you and basically helps him understand that pulling is pretty useless if he’s just going to end up facing you again. This simple concept makes the front attachment harness much better as a training tool than a back-clip harness.

Front- attachment harnesses are also much more comfortable for dogs that pull, than some other training aids such as choke or pinch colors. They are even more comfortable than attaching a leash to a regular collar because it stops doggo from strangling himself with his own excitement.

Front attachment harnesses are generally a great choice for any dog. They tend to be easy to put on and most dogs don’t mind them. However, it should be noted that they can cause chafing if improperly sized. Some harnesses are specifically made with extra padding to prevent this. Please be sure to monitor your pup’s skin and adjust if necessary.

Here are three of our favorite front-attachment no-pull dog harnesses

Freedom No-Pull Dog Harness

Freedom No-Pull dog Harness

The Freedom No-Pull Dog Harness is our top pick for front-attachment harnesses. It is minimalistic in design with a buckle on each side which makes it easy to put on your dog. And the vertical chest strap makes it more difficult for a wayward dog to pull out of the harness.

This harness has a ring on the back as well as the front, which allows you to adjust your walking style according to the needs of your dog. Both attachment points help discourage excessive pulling by tightening around the dog’s chest, however, the front attachment point gives you the ability to turn your dog left to right without excessive exertion. You can use a double-sided leash to attach to both points for even more control.

We love that Freedom No-Pull harness is lined with velvet on the leg straps. This makes it comfortable and lowers that chance of chafing or sores developing in those sensitive parts of your dog’s body. We also love the number of color options!

This harness can be purchased from a variety of sellers on Amazon, and often comes with a double-sided-leash included.

Halti Harness

The Halti harness is built even simpler than the Freedom harness. It is absurdly easy to put on your dog. A single strap loops around your dog’s chest and back and attaches on the side with one buckle. A second strap runs across the front of your dog’s chest. The Halti harness clips onto your dog’s regular collar as the second line of defense against accidental harness escapes.

Similar to the Freedom harness, the Halti harness is padded on the shoulders with neoprene for extra comfort. It also features attachments on the front, back, or both with a double-sided leash.

The big draw towards the Halti harness is that it’s significantly cheaper than the freedom harness however, a leash is not included.

==> Purchase yours on Amazon or Chewy.com <==

Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Ruffwear Front Range No Pull Dog Harness

Ruffwear is an excellent brand if you’re looking for durable, long-lasting performance gear. The Front-Range harness is a bit bulkier than the previous two harnesses. It is designed with two separate padded pieces through which the straps can slide through. This increases comfort and minimizes the potential for any painful rubbing on the dog’s skin.

Again, there are two leash attachment points. But the Front Range harness sets itself apart by its four points of adjustment for extra customization ability and reflective trim for extra safety in low light!

==> You can buy it directly on Ruffwear.com or get it on Amazon <==

Ruffwear also has a large variety of alternate harnesses. Feel free to check the rest of them out as well!

Head Halters

Head halters are a type of harness that goes around the dog’s nose similar to a horse halter. In our experience, these are a bit less well-known to the average dog owner than other harnesses. But we have used them with some of our rovers with great success.

Head halters most often consist of a band that goes over the dog’s nose, as well as one that buckles on the back of the head behind the dog’s ears. The leash is attached under the chin and allows the human to turn the dog’s nose with minimal pressure. Where the nose goes, the dog follows. A head halter turned our rambunctious two-year-old golden retriever who was, to say the least, unpredictable on walks, into a dog that young children could walk safely without fear of being dragged.

However, head halters are not as universally accepted by the dog or dog-expert community. Some say that head halters allow dog-walkers little overall control, although this has not been our experience at all. The main drawback that we have found is that head halters are somewhat liable to slip off with sustained pulling which could make for a dangerous situation. But this can be mitigated by using a head halter that has a secondary clip to the dogs normal collar around his neck.

You should always ease your dog into any new training device through the encouragement of good behavior and treats. Try to get your dog to place his nose into the halter by himself and then reward him a lot! However, even with training, some dogs just cannot abide having some human-made thing sitting at the base of their nose. If this is the case, you may decide to forgo the head halter and use a traditional body harness instead.

Be aware that, like any collar or restraint there is the potential for injury through misuse. Please do not use sharp-jerk corrections with a head halter and take pains to avoid letting your dog hit the end of the leash at speed which would cause him to jerk his head and neck to the side. You should also be sure to size your pooch correctly to avoid any eye irritation or chafing.

Halti Head Collar

No Pull Dog Harnesses

Our top choice for a head collar is made by Halti. It worked extremely well for us. The nose-band is padded with neoprene which helps prevent rubbing. It also stops the band from slipping up the dogs face towards the eyes. Slip the Halti over your dog’s nose and attach the buckle behind his ears. Don’t forget to attach the safety loop to your dog’s collar as well.

We love the gentle control that we are able to achieve with this head collar. We don’t use it much anymore as most of our rovers have graduated to walking nicely on the leash of their own accord but we still bring it out when the young ones want to walk the dogs.

Our pups had no problem easily adjusting to the head collar but every dog is different so be sure to introduce it slowly and reward as you go. The Halti head collar comes with a training guide so and your dog can both learn how to use it.

Gentle Leader

No Pull Dog Harnesses

Gentle Leader is another premier head collar brand. However, we don’t recommend it over the Halti because it does not have a safety loop that attaches to the collar. If your dog has a tendency to bite or nip at strangers or other dogs, you may want to avoid the gentle leader because it could create trouble if doggo slips out with no backup.

The Gentle leader is, as the name implies, gentle, and if you’re not worried about slipping, is an excelletn, lightweight, comfortable head collar for your dog.

It comes in many colors and sizes and can be adjusted to fit most every dog from small to large.

The Goal

All of these no-pull devices are meant to aid you in your pursuit of calm, controlled enjoyable walks. But the keyword is “aid.” There is no substitute for good, frequent training sessions. But a great no-pull dog harness can help you get there quicker than you may be able to get on your own.

We hope that this article has helped answer your questions about no-pull harnesses and we hope you will take a look at our suggestions and find something that works well for you. If you want to ask a question or leave a testimonial about your personal favorite harness, please don’t hesitate to chime in below!

Furminator Deshedding Tool Review

Furminator Deshedding Tool Review

There’s no doubt about it, we all love our furbabies. But sometimes we could use a little less fur on our babies, especially in the springtime when it seems possible to brush a whole ‘nother dog out of their coats. There are all kinds of […]

Extra Large Dog Coats

Extra Large Dog Coats

From comfy, cozy to high performance, here are a few of our favorite dog coats that will fit even the largest furbaby You may wonder, ‘why would my dog need a coat if he’s already got one built in?’ Or perhaps the thought has never […]

Should Dogs Wear Boots?

Should Dogs Wear Boots?

You may have seen our recent post recommending our favorite dog snow boots, and perhaps it left you wondering, ‘why should dogs wear boots at all?’ We touched very briefly on this topic in the snow boot post, but we’d like to go into more detail on the importance of boots.

Should Dogs Wear Boots

In this post we’ll cover why boots are important, whether your dog is likely to need them, and how you can successfully introduce your beloved pup to his boots for the first time.

Why should dogs wear boots?

We know that not everyone out there subscribes to the fido fashionista mindset that we promote here. Some pets like to keep it ‘al natural’ as they say. Many doggo’s wouldn’t be caught dead in human-like clothing. After all, dogs will be dogs. If this is the way you, or your furry friend feels, that’s A-OK with us. Always be true to yourself.

That being said, there are some dog accessories that are necessary for the sake of safety. Think collars, harnesses and leashes. We all want to keep our pets safe, healthy and accident free. The fact of the matter is, depending on your doggo’s breed and lifestyle, boots may fall under this category.

How do I know if my dog needs boots?

There are many good reasons for boot wearing, and only one of them involves snow. If you’re trying to figure out whether your dog should wear boots, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I take my doggo walking on rough terrain?
  • Do we frequently play in the snow?
  • Are there sharp rocks, cacti or other ground hazards in my area?
  • Does my dog have arthritis?
  • Does my dog already have a paw injury?
  • Are my dogs’ feet webbed?
  • Does my dog walk around in weedy areas or areas with tall dry grasses?
  • Is my dog very active outside?
  • Does it get very cold in my area?
  • Does it get very hot in my area?

The more times you answered ‘yes’ to the above questions the likelier it is that your favorite friend would greatly benefit from his very own boots. On the other hand, if you own a small dog that primarily stays in the house or yard and doesn’t venture much into the snow during winters, then boots are not necessarily a critical purchase.

Why do webbed toes make a difference?

In actuality, all dogs feet are webbed to some extent. That is, there are connections of tissue between the toes. However, there are certain breeds that have highly webbed feet. These are mainly water dogs that have been bred for their swimming capabilities. The webbing allows them to use their feet as more efficient paddles in the water.

Should Dogs Wear Boots

This is excellent for swimming. But it can be a drawback in other areas. The webbing traps irritants in the foot more easily. In the winter time, snow balls up into ice and can be difficult for puppers to remove no matter how often they bit and pull at their feet.

Other items like grass seed spikelets can hook in between the toes and are very difficult for even human hands to remove. These spikelets can cause many problems because the barbs essentially enable the seed to burrow into the skin. They can be painful and even become infected, resulting in pain and vet bills.

If your dog has highly webbed toes, this increases the risk factor for every other issue mentioned above.

Arthritis and injuries

It is an unfortunate fact that as your pooch ages she may develop certain health issues. One common problem for older dogs, especially among some of our most favorite breeds like retrievers, German shepherds and other large dogs, is arthritis.

Just like in humans, this can make it difficult for your pooch to move around. But it is essential that they do as the more active they are the more it can alleviate the pain from arthritis.

Did you know that boots can help with this?

A boot will give your doggo extra traction. This will not only help them avoid slipping on your kitchen floors it can help dogs that drag their feet due to joint problems walk easier. Boots can alleviate pain for your dog in the same way that an orthopedic shoe does for you!

Boots can provide the same benefits for dogs with injured paws. And they protect the paws from further scrapes or the added burden of very hot or very cold surfaces to avoid exacerbating any issues your dog may have.

But my dog hates boots! Help!

Should Dogs Wear Boots

Don’t worry, this is often the case. Your dog is not the only one. Having something between the paw and the ground can feel pretty unnatural to rover. But there are things that we can do to help him along.

First things first, avoid giving your dog a negative experience the first time she is introduced to the boots! Start small and be ready with heaps of rewards.

  1. Choose a treat that your dog loves but doesn’t get to have very often, maybe some tidbits from that fresh rotisserie chicken you just bought or real bacon!
  2. Reward your pup for the littlest things at the beginning, something like simply looking at the shoes.
  3. If you’ve got a touchy pup, practice picking up her paw, moving it to touch the boot and then giving a reward
  4. When your pup is okay with her paws being handled, put one paw into the shoe, give her a reward and then take the shoe off. Repeat this step several times.
  5. Do this with every paw!
  6. Then fasten the booties tightly and allow her to take her first steps.

This is where personalities can diverge. Depending on your dog, you could gradually increase the time spent in the boots and allow fido to acclimate indoors, or you may find that your dog just wants to get outside ASAP. This can be a great natural reward. Boots = outdoor time. You may even find that fido completely forgets that he’s wearing his boots as soon as he sets foot in the yard and is assailed by the natural wonders of the world!

Remember to reward, reward, reward, and don’t be afraid to take it slow. You play a huge role in how accepting your dog will be of his boots!

Best of luck!

We hope that answered all your questions and we wish you all the best with your boot endeavors!

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If you have any comments, questions, concerns or stories you wish to share about your own fur baby and her boots, please leave a comment below. We promise to reply! 🙂

Matching Dog Friendship Collar and Bracelet

Matching Dog Friendship Collar and Bracelet

Listen up my friends because this. is. adorable. We recently stumbled across a genius little item that will tie you and your pup together like never before. Remember making friendship bracelets as a kid? Somehow those matching bracelets pulled you and your best friends together […]