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Old 07-16-2010, 02:31 AM   #1
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I have two dogs with matching energy that I'd like to get backpacks for. However, I've only found a small selection of dog backpacks and I don't know what to really get even out of this small selection.

So, is there a backpack you might recommend? My dogs are a Labrador Retriever, and Golden Retriever. Both the same size. Both love water, so maybe something waterproof in case of them thinks to jump into a body water?

Also, will it really help with their energy levels?

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LOL want to buy one of mine?
I got this Outward Hound one for Sophia
http://www.google.com/products/catal...CAcQ8wIwADgA#p

and it is a nice pack. Unfortunately no sooner does she have it on, she starts to roll. Good luck finding a waterproof one. We've figured out to put anything that has to stay dry in ziploc bags inside the pack. Also don't put cookies in the pack or they will end up being cookie crumbs.

It slows them down a hair but not very much.

I'd get one of the better quality ones because you want the straps to be sturdy. The chintzy ones have flimsy straps and after ten minutes the pack is hanging down the side of your dog's flank.

Are you planning to camp with your dogs? Or do you want to do day hikes and have them carry in their own kibble?
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Are you planning to camp with your dogs? Or do you want to do day hikes and have them carry in their own kibble?
We take long hikes every weekend where I'd like them to carry some water and help take some of the weight off of my back. lol. Carrying enough water for two large dogs and myself, with some food is pretty tiring. And then we'll take a 40 to an hour walk on the days I work. And then eventually I'd like to go camping, as soon as I can find some nice spots here.

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one thing about backpacks make shorew with your vet your dog is fit anothe to carry one.
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It didn't occur to me before as I don't go hiking with my dog. My dog had a THR for hip dysplasia and I do remember her orthopedist advising me if you have breed of dog that is prone to hip or joint problems to use a backpack that uses a y-yolk over the shoulders and places most of the weight over the dogs shoulders.
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Where abouts are you? I would recommend something like this if you can get them its a harness aswell as a backpack, so it should stop any movement from side to side like other backacks do, if I were to use one regulary this will be the one that I would go for



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