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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

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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.

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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.

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8 thoughts on “Top Rated Dog Backpacks”

  • I love dogs and I love walking so this site really interested me. I have never thought about or even heard about a dog backpack. What an awesome idea. 

    You have presented some really good options and all seemed to be reasonably priced.  I will revisit and a perfect dog pack will be on my shopping list for my dog.  He is a kelpie, an Australian working dog. I liked the Outward Hound Kyjen dog backpack best, it looks neat and like it will sit well on the dog. 

    Thank you for this very helpful information.

    • Hi Judy!

      Giving your dog a job by letting him wear a weighted backpack could be very beneficial for both you and your dog! Working dogs need to burn off their energy, and weight allows you to do that in a shorter amount of time. If you end up purchasing the Kyjen backpack, come back and let us know how it worked out for you. We would love to hear about your experience!

  • A great solution for my hyper Jackie.I have looked at your several backpacks ideas.These backpacks are great.

    I loved the idea of giving my Ron( my sweet Jack Russell) the workout he deserves without completely tiring myself out before a day at work to do it, It is a great idea of him being able to carry his own water, food, and toys. Good product for day hikes or short trips. I can fit a couple of bottled waters, a collapsible bowl, and some other small items.

    Our Jackie loves the outdoors and always joins our family on our big hiking trips!

    Have a nice day,


    • Hi Leo, 

      Thanks for reaching out! Backpacks would be great for both your doggo’s! Let us know if you have any questions.

  • The Outward Hound Kyjen Dog Backpack is my fave out of this list. Would be better if there was the ability to clip a leash to it, but nonetheless seems like a great back pack. Plus the price isn’t that bad either. Had a look and it goes for around $13, which is a bargain! 

  • I never imagined there were backpacks for dogs. But you know, it’s a brilliant idea. Especially on those outdoor trips when you’re planning to spend the day outside with your best friend. Taking clean water for your dog – even when you’re going to the park is very important – in order to prevent your pooch from drinking from the puddles. You just never know what type of germs are in them. 

    I really appreciate this post, I don’t have a dog right now, but when I do I will be thinking about a backpack for him or her. 

    thank you for your post


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