There are may reasons that you may choose to use a doggy backpack.
- Your dog may be getting old and cannot walk so far or has health issues.
- A puppy that has not yet had their vaccinations and can not mingle.
- You may wish to hike for a longer distance that your pup can bare.
- Walking over rough ground is not always suitable for your dog.
If your dog needs a little extra help then read on to hear all about the best dog carrier backpack for getting your dog outdoors.
What To Look For In A Dog Backpack Carrier
There are many dog carriers on the market and like everything some are a lot better than others. My big ticket items for a dog carrier backpack are:
1. Strong and Sturdy
You are carrying precious cargo in your backpack so choose a pack that is made form strong material. On that is well constructed and stitched and has strong secure buckles and attachments.
2. The Weight Rating For Your Dog
Check the rating. Even if you think your dog will fit, don't put a heavier dog into a pack that is only designed for lighter dogs. Some dogs are heavier than they look for their size. Know your dogs weight and grab a pack to suit.
3. Ventilation And Air Flow
Your carrier should have lots of air holes for ventilation and breathability. Even if your dog's head pokes out the top, ensure ventilation throughout the pack to prevent your dog from overheating and keep your dog comfortable.
4. Size and comfort
Your dog isn't a sleeping back and shouldn't be stuffed in to the backpack. Ensure a little extra room for your dog to jiggle around and change position. You will also want a pack that is comfortable for you. Padded straps and a one that sits well on your back will make all the difference on a long walk and will keep you coming back for more.
5. Dog carrying position
Although we talk about backpacks, there a variety of styles available for carrying your dog. Some allow your dog to lie down, sit up or hang with their legs outside the pack. Some packs have your dog on your back or some have your dog carrying out front. The style you choose will often depend on what activities you intend to do.
Best Dog Carrier Backpacks
Here is a list of the dog carrier backpacks and sacks that we think are the best for you and your dog:
K9 Sport Sack AIR
This one really is a sport outdoorsy pack for you and your dog to enjoy the great outdoors. It is designs for small and medium dogs, sits on your back with your dog facing forward to see everything that is going on around them. The K9 Sports Sack Air is pretty cool option for country and city dwellers.
The sack is fully adjustable with additional storage areas for you and your dogs accessories. There are ventilated side panels, adjustable straps, a internal clip to stop your dog getting out of the pack. The pack is rated to 30lb or 13kg and I love the cool accessories available if your dog is a little on the stout or smaller size. A bolster block is available to get your dogs head a little higher in the pack to sniff all that fresh air. The size guide is quite comprehensive to give you an idea of which breeds of digs fit in each size.
This doggy sack carrier was designed under the close direction of veterinarians, dog trainers and outdoor product engineers to be ergonomic, safe and strong to ensure your dog is as safe, secure and comfortable as ever. Another cool accessory is a personalised name patch for your dog not to mention the doggy puffer jacket for warmer climates and comes in lots of cool colors. Really good option for the more adventurous hikes and perfect for bike riding.
Ytonet Dog Carrier Backpack
I like the Ytonet Dog Backpack because it is a little more structured ad secure than others in its class. A good supportive back and straps makes it comfortable for you and lots of ventilation and a nice wooly removable mat make it comfortable for your dog and easy to clean. Really strong construction, suitable materials and good zips make it nice and secure for the precious cargo.
This one is a little larger too and can hold dogs up to 18lb. Being quite square and structured in design there is a lot of room around your dog too. An internal clip keeps you r dog safely inside if you choose to have the top open so that your dog can poke their head outside and enjoy the views. It actually has four breathable mesh windows designed for visibility and air flow.
This carrier has small zippered pockets on the side for treats and gear and both the top and front have zippers to open up for easy access.
This dog carrier backpack is a really good option. Probably suitable for shorter or less active walks but i really like this pack.
KURGO G-Train Dog Carrier Backpack
Anther great pack for more har core adventures. The Kurgo G-Train backpack make good outdoor products and this pack is no different. Well constructed and stitched with tough material and good padding.
The backpack is lightweight, rugged and tough, and has softly padded compartments, top and front grab handles and zippered pockets for storage. It is airline approved with a water-resistant fabric top and a water proof bottom making it stain resistant, easy to wipe clean with removable, machine-washable interior pad.
I don't think there is enough airflow in this pack for warm or hot climates but it is a great option for cooler areas and is very comfy and strong.
Whizzotech Pet Carrier Backpack
Now for the smaller cutie city dogs, this Whizzotech fashion backpack is proving really popular. Your dogs legs and tail hangs outside the pack while sitting comfortably inside. The pack can sit on your back or front depending on how you want your dog to be placed. It comes in small medium and large but all are only suited to smaller dogs from 5lb - 8lb.
It has easy-access side zips, velcro elastic top closure, fully adjustable straps and internal leash attachment for good access and security. This front pack or backpack also comes in really cute colors.
Due to the construction and styling I would only recommend using the pack for short city visits or commuting. Great idea pack and really cute but always make sure your dogs legs are not being impinged or restricted while hanging. If you have a small dog, you may also be intereste in our article on Harnesses for Small Dogs
Best Places To Hike With Your Dog
If you love to get out and about with your best furry friend here are some of the best places to hike with your dog accordign to our friends at PetMD:
1. Acadia National Park, Maine
Over 100 miles of pet friendly hiking trails , Acadia National Park is a must for hikers and their pets. Dogs are also permitted on Blackwoods and Seawall campgrounds and on Isle au Haut for day hiking. Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet long in all areas of the park.
2. Runyon Canyon, California
The 160-acre park located in the heart of Los Angeles, Runyon Canyon offers great views of the city and your choice of three different hiking trails. It is also home to one of the largest off-leash dog parks in the city. The incredible 90-acre off leash play area. Remember to clip on your dogs leash before going on a hikeing trail.
3. Fairmount Park, Pennsylvania
More than 9,200 acres of trails, woodlands and waterfront, Fairmount Park is open from sunrise to sunset. Take a hike in the woods or walk along the water with your pup. Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet long at all times.
4. Kealia Trail, Hawaii
This two and a half mile trail offers beautiful views of Waialua and Haleiwa towns and the north shore of Oahu. Fantastic views from the top of Kealia Trail. Dogs may be hunting in the area so all other dogs must kept on leash at all times.
5. Lake Dorothy, Washington
The largest body of water in this 390,000-acre Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Lake Dorothy is a fantastic hike for beginners and their pups.
6. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada
Red Rock Canyon has 19 extensive trails of stunning desert scenery. Trails are as short as two miles or as long as six, depending on where you start. Dogs are allowed on all trails in Red Rock Canyon, but it’s recommended that they be kept on-leash at all times.
7. The Appalachian Trail, Georgia through Maine
One of the longest continuously footpaths in the world, the Appalachian Trail measures approximately 2,180 miles in length. It’s recommended that dogs be leashed on the trail at all times as a matter of courtesy to other hikers. It also minimize stress on the wildlife along the trail.