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When it comes to backpacking with dogs, the Summit Backpack is an excellent dog harness backpack. It’s extremely lightweight and utilizes the comfortable, secure EVA padding found in our award-winning Chest Plate Harness. The generous paniers allow your dog to carry additional hiking essentials; such as kibble, poop bags, and even other dog hiking accessories like our ultralight folding water bowls.
Hiking is a great activity for fresh air and exercise for both you and your dog. When it comes to safety, be certain to select trails that are within you and your dog’s ability level and be sure to follow local trail regulations. Most trails will require you to have your dog on a leash and clean up any mess they leave behind. It’s also strongly encouraged to bring things like extra water and first aid in case of emergency.
It will vary based on the dog’s breed, age, and overall health. In general, most healthy dogs are able to hike between 5-10 miles with proper equipment and access to water. For longer distances and multi-day backpacking trips you should plan to take breaks to allow them to eat and drink, especially in warmer weather to keep them from overheating.
You may want to also consult with your vet on your dog’s level of fitness and distance recommendations.
Outfitting your dog with a backpack allows them to carry some of the load when hiking together. It boosts the amount of exercise they get and can also be mentally stimulating by giving them a sense of purpose. Just like how people pace themselves more when backpacking, dogs also typically move at a more relaxed pace while wearing a backpack, reducing pulling.
At a minimum, you will want to bring a reliable harness and leash for your dog. Even when leashes aren’t required, there are still situations where you’ll want to keep them close. An ID tag can also be vital in case you get separated. Other precautionary items include emergency food and water, poop bag dispenser, and first aid.
Be sure not to overload your dog with more weight than they can handle. A good general rule is that the pack load should not exceed 10-12% of their total body weight.
Careful planning is the key to getting the most out of your adventures and bringing the right gear ensures you’re prepared for any obstacles that stand in your way. Here's a list of things to include in your kit when backpacking with your dog.