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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Backpack on walks... and weight?

We have a doggy backpack we originally got for my 5 y.o. mutt, but he pretty much refuses to wear it.

But Kali is so young she'll pretty much do anything we ask her to... so she wears the backpack every couple of times we go on a walk.

This past weekend I thought I'd put a couple of water bottles in... you know, give her something to do. But my wife thought at 16 weeks she's not ready for any kind of load, even if it's just a little water.

What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 09:19 AM
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What an adorable pup!! At 4 mos I would think that two small water bottles, just enough for her to feel the weight, wouldn't be harmful.
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Hi Jaime,

At 4 months I'd put VERY VERY little weight if ANY at all in her pack. When my boy Cody turned 1.5 years and theoretically was done growing, he carries about 15-20 pounds for 10 miles and still ran circles around me.

but at 4 months there is sooo much more growing to do. I'd put off the backpack or keep it super light until your pup is done growing

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At 4 mths, I would say something very light - a stuffed toy on each side balanced. About 6 - 8 mths, maybe move to the 8 oz water bottles, then about 1 yr go to the 16 oz bottles.

Like an earlier post, by 1 1/2 yr, both of mine were carrying weight. Their water, my water etc and are doing fine with it.
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Personally I would not put any extra weight on a growing dog.


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Fair enough, thanks for the feedback!
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15 to 20 pounds sounds like a lot of weight for a dog
to carry. what's the recommended weight to carry
for your dogs size? what's the formula to figure out
how much weight a dog should carry?

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Hi Jaime,

At 4 months I'd put VERY VERY little weight if ANY at all in her pack. When my boy Cody turned 1.5 years and theoretically was done growing, he carries about 15-20 pounds for 10 miles and still ran circles around me.

but at 4 months there is sooo much more growing to do. I'd put off the backpack or keep it super light until your pup is done growing
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Baron is around 24-30 months old now (we rescued him so aren't sure of his exact age) and we recently introduced him to a backpack. He wears it on at least one of his three-four walks a day and we have a 5lb bag of rice in each side. It seems a good weight for him and comfortable as there are no hard edges. He would prefer not to wear it, but he doesn't have a problem with it either.

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