Are you a dog lover, like me? Do you have tons more fun doing stuff with your dog, as opposed to not? And, most importantly, do u like to backpack?

Well bringing Spot along with you on your trip might be "just your speed" (and other analogies). Dogs require special care on backpacking trips, but I assure you, he/she will LOVE you for it.



**ALSO** If you have a little programing experience, check out this 'ible for an insane dog backpack mod!

Step 1: Your Dog

First of all, take a good look at your dog. What physical condition are they in? What breed of dog are they?

Keep these in mind throughout the planning of your trip.

Some dogs are more suited to the hiking and the heavy duty exercise that is backpacking, some are more suited to sitting on your lap and yipping at everything that exists. You can bring any dog you want, just remember: Some dogs LOVE the outdoors, some don't. Just like people, there are "city-dogs".

Remember that you need to bring everything with you while backpacking. Bringing a dog means extra water, extra food, extra bowl, extra sleeping arangements, maby extra clothes, and a chew toy (unless you bring one normally... To each their own, amiright?)

Now you have to carry all of that extra weight, while your dog chases all of the birds...

There has to be a better way... Oh, wait!
<p>You also should have said that a (healthy, minimum 12 months old) dog cannot (shouldn&acute;t) carry more than 15% of it&acute;s own body weight! A dog has a different anatomy than humans!</p><p>I&acute;m (my dog is...)doing this since a few years and it&acute;s perfect. When you&acute;re going to try on and buy such a pack i would recommend to fill it with a few towels or so, because i&acute;ve seen many dogs having problems with empty bags( it&acute;s making a lot of noise when not filled). And DON&acute;T buy the cheap ones( they&acute;re too shaky especially when loaded, dont&acute;t have comression straps, no possibility to help the dog at difficult passages, and so on...) but at least one with an additional strap that goes &quot;behind&quot; (near the stomach) the costal arch. </p><p>My dog (so I) owns the older version of the Pack from your last picture under &quot;Step 5&quot; since 6.5 or 7.5 years and in that period of time she has worn it for about 2.5 years daily and since then for about 5 to 6 Weeks a Year and it&acute;s still in good condition( except one &quot;Klick- Mechanism&quot; which I had to replace). The only problem my dog( and of course I) had, was that she had problems to realize that she is a bit broader when she wears it.</p><p>Additionally, if you&acute;re interested in dog sports, this is a good possibility to start serios work with your dog( dogs love it todo sth. for their masters).</p><p>Sorry for any possible mistakes, but my school-time is long ago (I&acute;m not from an english speaking country).</p><p>Have fun while doing this and don&acute;t overcharge your (hopefully) best friend.</p>
<p>Thank you for the feedback. :) I actually learned the lesson about an empty pack with my friend's dog... Big great dane mix loved training with an empty pack, but it was like we had to train him all over again with his gear in it... Such a pain. And your English is perfectly fine, better than some native speakers I've met. ;p</p>
Another great dog for this is the weimaraner
<p>I have 3 weimaraners, and they LOVE being at the beach, I agree with that!</p>
<p>I've never actually heard of this breed... Google! Do you know?.... Of course you knew. :P</p>

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