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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.