KYW’s Pet Reporter
Canine backpacks can be an extremely helpful training tool for a daily walk. It helps both physically and psychologically to deplete your dog ofexcess energy as it serves to cut down the time on the walk. It also helps the dog to feel a task is being completed in a service-type mode.
It’s very helpful for medium to large sized dogs who are especially high-spirited and possess a higher level of energy. It is not available or recommended for small dogs.
There are many accessible varieties of assorted types and styles available on the market today. You can find them not only in pet stores but also in department stores and online. They come equipped with pockets on either side to carry things such as water bottles, fruit, bags of rice (mostly recommended), etc. which must be distributed evenly on both sides. They need to be lightweight and easy to use. They should fit comfortably without being too heavy or too tight and they should never weigh the dog down. It’s extremely important to not make the weight too heavy or to sway to one side as this can cause injury and possibly create behavior problems.
Introduce the backpack in a positive way to your dog first before placing it on. Let your dog see it and
sniff it first, and treat and reward. Try it on the dog, treat and reward. Do so for a day or two to create a
positive association. Used properly, a safely fitted doggy backpack can truly be a positive and successful training tool.