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Old 01-11-2013, 05:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know there is a post about this, but I want to know, at what age do people think it appropriate to start using one. My dog is 8months old, I dont want to overstrain her or do any damage, but it would be handy for her to carry her toys and water to the dog park. All experiences and thoughts would be appreciated



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Old 01-11-2013, 05:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i wouldn't put a pack on my dog untill he was 1&1/2 to 2 yrs old.
find out the proper amount of weigh your dog can carry.

i don't take my dogs toys to the dog park. toys in the dog park
can cause problems between dogs.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i wouldn't put a pack on my dog untill he was 1&1/2 to 2 yrs old.
find out the proper amount of weigh your dog can carry.

i don't take my dogs toys to the dog park. toys in the dog park
can cause problems between dogs.
^this!

One of my dogs has really bad resource guarding with toys against other dogs(he's getting better with our dogs at home but strange dogs no way do I trust him) and he will literally attack a dog over a toy.

I am smart enough to realize he is not a good dog for the dog park but loads of other people would still take their dog regardless and it could end nasty for your dog. I would highly recommend to not take toys if there's not enough space where you can really get far away from other dogs.
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I actually only asked for opinion about the backpack.
I have had plenty of dogs in my life time and had a lot to do with rescue and rehabilitation, the back packs are what I am unfamiliar with.
I don't think there is any reason to insinuate that I don't know what I'm doing with my dog. Everyday we learn something new, and on this particular day I would like to learn about dog backpacks not about dog toys and the undesirable things that come with them.


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Sorry for just trying to help... My dog has attacked other dogs, just didn't want it to happen to others. I give up trying to help in this forum, lol.
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I am well aware, and maybe before you insinuate that I'm an idiot, you should know that I have never seen any other dogs at this dog park, considering its a long way out of town and people have to drive to get there. I am lucky enough to live close to it.


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Sorry, I just hate people who belittle people behind a keyboard when they don't know the other person and make assumptions.


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Old 01-11-2013, 07:48 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd get the Ruff wear Single Trak pack - it's super light and has little pockets - I got it for my pup when he was the same age as your dog
He started of just carrying the empty pack then "worked up" to having his fabric travel bowl and his roll of poop bags in the pockets
I would carry the water bottle myself
I think there's pictures in the thread below of the Single Trak pack It's small but really neat

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I wouldn't put a backpack on any dog younger then 1-2 yrs old. You need to weight for the joints to grow and close before adding any weight otherwise you may injure the dog. I'd just carry a backpack on yourself for another few months. You can however start practicing with an empty bag on short 5-10 min walks but I wouldn't add any weight for fear of injury to your pup.
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I am well aware, and maybe before you insinuate that I'm an idiot, you should know that I have never seen any other dogs at this dog park, considering its a long way out of town and people have to drive to get there. I am lucky enough to live close to it.
How about you take a step back and lose the attitude. Nobody insinuated that you are an idiot, Carriesue was simply relating her experience with HER dog - it had nothing to do with you!

We have many previous threads about backpacks, I'll find one for you and link to it here. I agree with waiting to put any weight in a pack until a year and a half or so, but there's nothing wrong with wearing a pack sooner if it's empty. The only drawback to starting THIS early is that a pack that fits your dog at 8 months old will not fit when she's an adult. For that reason I'd wait a bit, so you don't end up having to buy a second pack later. The good quality ones are not inexpensive.
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