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A Great Doggy Gift Idea: The Dog Backpack!

Nov 16, 2007
You think you are fond of footing it and enjoying the great outdoors, but it's equally likely that your four-legged furry friend enjoys the clean, crisp outside air too where he gets a chance to avail your company as well as tour the neighborhood, visit the dog park near your home and scamper about with more of his kind! Yes, here's where you can explore the outdoor terrain with your pet in tow and have him commune with nature as excitedly as you do. The joy of meeting up with old and new buddies is not restricted to humans alone and your doggy too can benefit from an outdoor trip - even a vacation to a national park, if you let him trail around with his own knapsack to share the load!

When dogs were first domesticated, the dog backpack came into prevalence so is an ages-old idea, but has long-since been stylized from the basic kind, which served to help human-kind carry their load, (groceries or camping gear and the like) but on the back on the doggy pal. A dog backpack is thus not an invention of the modern times but an old-recycled idea that has more takers today with its hipper, cooler designs and variations for taking pets along on hiking and camping trips, proving a worthy addition to fundamental outdoor equipment.

A few tips to keep in mind before buying your dog backpack are given below: ensure your furry friend keeps good health as only medically fit and healthy dogs should be allowed to help carry loads on outdoor outings. You may also want to wait till your dog is fully grown and have him undergo a fitness level test to ensure his being healthy before allowing him to carry up to one quarter of his body weight in the dog backpack. (The dog backpack load can be ascertained for bigger dogs as a load equaling 15 or 20 pounds).

Also ensure the chosen dog backpack has a good grip on your dog because as a human who has had a chance to carry a backpack before, you'd be a good judge of how off-putting and uncomfortable an ill-fitting backpack can be; so check straps and loops etc. for a good fit. Check to see that the dog backpack fits securely around your pet's body, leaving enough space for you to slide in a finger between the strap and Fido's body. Instruct your dog to lie down, stand and sit so you can check the fitting of the dog backpack when he's in varied positions and can tell if the product is any good.

Some dogs take longer to get accustomed to carrying a dog backpack, but consistent and regular training to keep it on while relating the wearing of the dog backpack with enjoyable activities can go a long way in adapting the pet to wearing one. Training should be imparted for wearing the dog backpack in a happy tone; placing a towel/blanket or on the dog's back to begin with (to help him adjust to the idea of carrying some weight) and then allowing for the dog to wear an empty backpack are smart and easy ways to begin. Add on small, light-weight water-bottles to the dog backpack and slowly lead your pet to wearing a full load!
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