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liferebooted 07-06-2014 12:22 AM

When can I start having my girl wear a backpack?
 
Hi, my girl is 8.5 months old, weighed her maybe 3 weeks ago at 61.3 lbs. I want to train her to wear a backpack even though we only walk around the neighborhood, it'll give her something to do. Its probably going to always be empty or at the most have 1-2 bottles of water in it to keep me hydrated with my eczema. At what age can I buy one to have her start getting used to it? I don't want to get it too early and mess up her bones.

Pax8 07-06-2014 12:27 AM

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At that age, I usually find a cheap one at a Petsmart or Petco and start having them wear it empty to get used to it. Maybe a couple water bottles if I want to add weight. Then I look into buying a permanent one at about 1.5 years. I'm really liking what I'm reading about the Mountainsmith. I think that's going to be Kaiju's adult backpack.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VUREM8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2I859SLHYEB4W&coliid=I10WOGK3HDZI69&psc=1
But until then, he has a super cheap off brand one that I picked up at Petsmart for like $10. So it doesn't matter if it gets beat up during puppy antics or he outgrows it.

Cassidy's Mom 07-06-2014 12:30 AM

Here are a bunch of previous threads about backpacks that should answer all your questions: German Shepherd Dog Forums - Search Results

liferebooted 07-06-2014 12:31 AM

So you think its a good time to get mine used to wearing one?
Your link says page not found for me, I've been eyeing this backpack as a starter one, I have to measure her still though
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081XIEHE/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2U5N8ET3CBCHE&coliid=I2VEJARVIQB5FQ&psc=1
Weird, both of our links aren't working atm, it must be amazon, "Kyjen Outward Hound Backpack" is the one Ive been looking at.

Pax8 07-06-2014 01:10 AM

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Huh. Dumb links. Anyways, yeah, I would get her used to them now. I start off with a cheaper one, but honestly it's up to you. I've heard good things about the Kyjen as well.

Cassidy's Mom 07-06-2014 01:47 PM

Try these links: http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-backpack.html

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-approach.html

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...good-idea.html

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Originally Posted by liferebooted (Post 5736585)
So you think its a good time to get mine used to wearing one?

I think it's a little soon, especially since she's still growing. A pack that fits her now may not fit her when she's a year and a half or two years old. A good quality pack is not cheap, so why buy two when you can just wait until she's more mature and near her adult size?

I don't put any weight in the pack until 18 months old. I got Halo's pack a couple of months prior to that, and had her wear it empty to get used to it, but I think it only weighs about a pound with nothing in it.

In the meantime, you can get a fanny pack for yourself that holds a couple of water bottles. That's what I do on shorter hikes where we don't need that much water, or on super hot days when I don't want to put a pack on the dog. I have this one: Mountainsmith Buzz TLS There's just enough room in the pack to carry a collapsible water dish, my car keys, and a few other small items, and a bottle of water for me and the dog.

liferebooted 07-11-2014 11:37 PM

Hi everyone. I've decided to wait just a little bit on getting her used to one. She seems to be scared of cars, trash cans and mail boxes on walks...again. I don't want to give her something else to be scared of during this fear phase or whatever she's going through.


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