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Dog packs are insanely overpriced. A dog pack is basically two fanny packs attached to a dog harness. Why not make your own? You can reuse existing material instead of making something new. This pack is greener, cheaper and totally awesome.


Step 1: Closet Check

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Check your closet for any old laptop cases, purses, backpacks, camera cases, etc.

Some things to look for:
  • Velcro
  • Zippers
  • Buckles
  • Snaps
  • Nylon Strap
If you don't have enough nylon strap to complete the pack, check your local army surplus store. They will also have buckles and other fasteners. 

Check thrift stores for purses and pouches that can be used as saddle bags. See the Step 3 for qualities to look for during bag selection.

You will also need:
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • A dog willing to wear a pack
  • Very basic sewing skills

Step 2: Harness the Beast

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I won't give exact measurements, this is a custom pack for your dog.

To make the harness that will hold the pack:
  • Cut three nylon straps with the following lengths:
    1. Measure the circumference below your dog's neck, add 6".
    2. Measure the circumference of your dog's waist, add 6".
    3. Measure the length between the dog's waist and shoulders, add 12".
  • Using the lighter, melt the ends of the straps so that they don't fray.
  • Sew the pieces together to create a harness (see photo). Use a buckle for the chest strap and Velcro or another buckle for the waist strap.
  • The straps don't need to be tight, weight in each side of the pack will hold it on the dog.
  • If in doubt, make the straps longer, they can always be shortened later.
 
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Goodhart1 year ago
Whew, I just saw this, and thought: turn a dog into a backpack ? NO ! :-) Glad it was a backpack FOR a dog, rather then made of dog.
wizgirl (author)  Goodhart9 months ago
:) :)
bwest63 years ago
I had been thinking about this for awhile, and after seeing this, I made one for my dog on a Saturday morning with items found around the house. After the first test run, I made some alterations so the dog would not pee on the bag. Second test run successful, but yet to field test it. It's not pretty, but cost was $0.00.
that. it aaaaaaaaaallllll that matters. $0.00
WhyHello1 year ago
Wow! To be honest i thought "That's going to fall apart FAST! the bags will be heavy and fall right off! I bet its hard to sew that harness too without the thread breaking."

Wow this looks way easier and maybe even more practical than the other doggy backpack i saw here on Instructables. ( "Doggy Cooling Vest/Backpack (from cargo pants)" )
WhyHello1 year ago
So i guess for a smaller dog like my boyfriends weenier ( ha.ha.) You could sew those small cosmetic bags onto the harness.
WhyHello1 year ago
paid 20+ dollars for a harness....*glares at pet store* NOT cool bro!
voltan2 years ago
I imagine that the things in the dog's pack are things the dog uses? Dog food, dish, etc...
artfulann3 years ago
I'm curious what you put in the backpack for your test drive? I've made a couple of backpacks for our Weimeraner. And when I test drove, with a little weight, they slipped one side or to the other so she was lopsided and I was constantly adjusting.
wizgirl (author)  artfulann3 years ago
Kona carried a blanket in one side and her food and food dishes in the other. The weight was pretty balanced.