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Dog Hiking Backpacks, Harnesses and Saddlebags

The trails are calling, and you’re ready to go hiking. Hiking with your dog can be a rewarding experience that further strengthens the bond between you. A dog hiking backpack can be a great accessory to let your pup join in on the fun—and help carry the load. Feeling more involved will help your dog have a sense of purpose on your trek, allowing them to be responsible for their own necessities. We've got everything you need at Petco to take your pup on the go in the great outdoors.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dog Backpacks

The amount of weight a dog can carry in a backpack depends on your dog’s size and how accustomed they are to wearing gear. If your dog is new to backpacks, small amounts of weight are recommended to help build stamina.

When your dog first starts wearing a dog travel backpack, they should only hold about 2- to 3-percent of your dog’s weight. As your pup grows stronger, you can possibly increase the weight but do not pack more than 20-percent of your dog’s weight.

Dog backpacks, when worn properly, can be suitable as long as you find one of the appropriate size and weight. Consult a veterinarian before using a backpack, and be sure to get one made specifically for dogs.

A dog backpack harness should be measured for the deepest part of your dog’s chest as well as its weight to ensure a proper fit. Start with a low amount of weight to get your dog used to the backpack.

Backpacks can be a great solution for some dogs. Working breeds can possibly find a sense of purpose when carrying a backpack, and their sturdy frames are sometimes well-built for dog saddlebags. Backpacks can be great places to store food and water for your pup while on a hike.

If your dog has arthritis, hip dysplasia or other ailments, a pet backpack may not be suitable for your dog so consult a veterinarian and learn these tips before you begin hiking with your dog.