We know that packing light is essential for an enjoyable, comfortable hiking trip. While your dog’s supplies may not seem like it will weigh that much, canine food, water, and camping supplies can quickly add on to the weight of your pack.
To help your dog carry their own weight, opt for a dog backpack. Just like with humans, it’s essential that your pup has a properly fitting pack. Make sure to find a brand that has multiple sizes and adjustable straps. When it comes time to load up, make sure you never put more than 25% of your dog’s body weight in their pack.
Another bonus of dog backpacks? It gives your dog a job to do. Many dogs will actually feel more relaxed knowing they have a task to complete.