You may have seen someone carry around their small dog inside what sometimes looks like a regular backpack, or perhaps you have seen photos of a dog’s fluffy head sticking out through a zipper? It is a sight that makes many people laugh; some because they think it is cute, others because they find it silly, but the truth is that there are many benefits to having a dog backpack available for your pup to ride in!
A quality doggy backpack is great for transport; both on foot and when you need to go somewhere further away. It gives your dog a safe place to rest, which helps to reduce stress, and you still have your hands free for carrying other items
A Dog Transporter Backpack – What Is It?
There are backpacks for your dog to carry, and then there are backpacks designed for carrying your dog! These are carriers that you – the owner – can carry on your back, with your small dog riding comfortably inside.
Plastic carriers and crates were once the norm when transporting all types of dogs, but the dog market has caught on since, by realizing that there are alternative ways to carry a small-breed dog that is more comfortable both for them and for the person carrying.
In short, these types of dog backpacks are soft-sided carriers that you put your dog inside, and close securely with a zipper. There are straps for it to be worn like a backpack (some have two and others one to be worn across the chest), so the dog must be small enough to fit comfortably inside the bag, and light enough to not hurt your back as you carry it around.
Dog transporter backpacks come in many different sizes and shapes, they are ideal for traveling and outings where you for some reason can’t have your pup walking next to you, or why not take one with you on a hike for if your dog gets tired? Dogs don’t usually get tired before humans but think about how many steps a small dog must take to keep up with their owner!? Enough to make anyone tired.
A backpack makes it possible to carry your fur friend part of the way, and is also ideal for easy travel on buses, trains and possibly also planes, depending on the total weight and size of your dog and carrier.
Choosing the Right Doggy Backpack
Some dog backpacks look just like a real backpack; one you would wear to school or when traveling but have airholes or mesh fabric to make sure your pup can breathe freely while inside. This is the main reason to why you should never stuff your dog into anything other than a backpack specifically made for dogs, as it could end up hurting both your best fur friend and you, due to incorrect weight distribution, and in your dog’s case – a lack of air.
To find the perfect product, you first need to consider what you will be using it for, and how often. If you want a backpack for air travel, for example, you must look up the rules for the specific airline you are flying with; regarding how tall and how wide the bag can be. The general rule is that it needs to fit under the seat in front of you, but it is always best to double check.
If you plan to be carrying the doggy backpack for lengthy periods of time, then what you want is a product that fits you well and that has wide straps to protect your shoulders and back. Your dog also needs to be comfortable for it to be a positive experience, and it is preferable that the dog has a backpack big enough to sit, stand and turn around in.
Comfort is more important than anything else, and you should always choose it over any other design aspect. The dog needs to feel at ease while being carried, or it will become an unpleasant experience for the two of you.
Benefits of a Dog Backpack
Practicality is the number one benefit of having a reliable dog backpack. It is convenient to have somewhere to put your pups when you can’t have them running around, when they get tired during a long outing or when they are begging to be carried, since you can give them what they want without having to sacrifice the use of your arms.
Many dogs also benefit from having a safe space; a place where they can rest and feel secure, which a dog backpack can provide them with if used properly. You always need to ease them into it; make sure they are comfortable and cozy before using it for longer trips, or otherwise you could end up with a pup that hates their carrier, and that is the last thing you should want.
Your dog may not be in the desperate need for a backpack, but if you introduce them to one – chances are you will be asking yourself why you didn’t do it sooner. It makes life with a small dog a lot easier and stress-free, and it enables you to take your fur-friend with you to more places than you could have without one.
Who Can Use One?
Anyone with a dog small enough to be carried in a bag can use a dog backpack, and there are no restrictions for who is suitable for having one. The importance lies in using it properly, following guidelines and to always use a sufficiently large dog backpack, and one that you can carry without pain and/or discomfort. When used responsibly – a dog backpack can be a great asset for any small-dog owner, and for anyone who wants to make dog owning a little easier and more convenient.
Someone who frequently takes their dog out or who travels with their pup may benefit more from a dog backpack, but it can also be a good motivator to go out more for those who aren’t as active with their fur-friends.