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Dog Backpack – what a great way to carry your dog!

We specifically wanted a smaller dog so we could easily take him with us and travel. As such, we’re always on the look out for another easy and fast way to carry our dog around and a dog backpack is right up our alley.

Stylish Dog Backpack options:

All linked for easy shopping

K9 Sport Sack AIR K9 Sport Sack AIR
We saw our local dog walker using this backpack and it’s great! The K9 Sport Sack Dog Carrier Backpack was created by actual dog owners and was designed to be easy, fun, comfortable and safe. It includes thoughtful built in features such as side ventilation to keep your dog cool, water proof material, bottom padding for extra comfort on you and your dog and side pockets for snacks or a water bottle.
Dog Backpack and Pet Dome by Petego
All in one backpack, carry your dog, computer and a portable dog house. The Petego Pet At Work system is an ingenious solution for those who enjoy taking your small dog with you everywhere. Not only can your pet be carried safely in the back-pack carrier, but there is also room for your laptop and the portable dog house.
Petego Messenger Bag –  Pooch Pouch
Take your pampered pooch everywhere with you in this stylish dog pouch. Your dog will feel comfortable and secure being hugged close to your body in this accommodating messenger style bag. It’s a great way to carry your dog without the bulk of a traditional pet carrier.
Outward Hound Dog Backpack
The Outward Hound Pooch Pouch Front Carrier is ideal for carrying small to medium sized dogs. It’s mesh siding and lightweight design allow you to pack up your dog and keep them cool. It includes a side pocket for stowing small essentials like keys, chapstick, and poop baggies while a large front pouch keeps your valuables like cell phones and ID cards.
Crazy Paws Sporty Dog Backpack
The Crazy Paws (aka Wacky Paws) Sporty Dog Backpack is easy to use and features air mesh material, giving your small dog the proper ventilation he/she may need on hot days. You may use the backpack the traditional way (on your back) or carry your dog on the front side. A unique feature is the waist line strap that can buckle around your waist to better secure and support the weight of your dog.
Prefer Pets Backpack Dog Carrier
This bag is in-cabin airline approved for most airlines and can be used as a backpack or a carrier. It’s made of heavy-duty nylon canvas with a zipper entry on one side, as well as, a zipper halfway down the opposite side. It has durable mesh covered windows on four sides for ventilation. For a similar alternative bag, check out the Natuvalle.

 

Dog Travel Products

We take our dog everywhere – trains, planes and automobiles. As such, it’s good to be prepared with the right dog travel products to ensure a smooth trip with your best friend.

We’ve hand picked these top quality, well designed dog travel products.
Often the below styles are available in other colors or sizes.
Everything is linked for easy purchase:

Dog Bags & Carriers

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Dog Products for Car Travel

 

Dog Water Bottles

 

Dog Travel Bowls

 

 

Tips for a Dog Hike – Fun Outdoor Adventure

dog hike We’re sure your best friend would love to go on a dog hike. All dogs, even urban dogs, enjoy some fun in the sun and new adventures. Here are some great tips:

1. Check in advance to ensure the trail or park allows dogs

Not all trails or parks are dog friendly so definitely check in advance.

2. Make sure your dog can handle the exercise

Hiking is more strenuous than walking, especially since the terrain is uneven. Make sure your dog’s fitness matches the distance and level of hike you’re planning to take. Otherwise, you might end up carrying your dog half way through the hike.

small dog hikeSome factors you’ll want to consider is their age and overall health. Dogs that are in shape and over 40 lbs generally are well adapted for hiking. Smaller dogs can be good hikers too, but they do need to take a lot more steps to cover the same piece of ground, and they cannot stretch as far up or down a rock, so they may need a lift where a larger dog would not. If you’re not sure, start with an easy, flat hike that’s not too long.

3. Bring the right gear for your pooch
Summit Backpack

Summit Backpack

  • If you have a strong, fit dog and you want him to share the load and get him to wear a dog backpack.
  • If the hike you’re considering does not have much shade and you have a dog that could easily sunburn, bring some sunscreen made for dogs.
  • If your dog overheats, consider using a dog cooling vest.
  • Remember to bring water not just for yourself, but also for your dog. Check out our recommended travel water bottles.
  • We believe it’s also good to bring some treats for your dog. It’s a great way to get their attention and they might need some nourishment if it’s a strenuous hike – just as you would bring trail mix for yourself.
4. Follow Dog Hike Etiquette
  • Clean up after your dog just as you would after yourself, using the Leave No Trace principles.
  • Give dog-less hikers the right of way. When you meet others on the trail, put your dog on a leash.
  • Do not allow your dog to disturb plants or wildlife.
  • Keep your dog on the trail.

Lightweight Dog Bag by Sturdi Products

SturdiBag GreenAs we’re always on the search for great dog bags / carriers, we were thrilled to discover the SturdiBag Flex-Height Carrier! The first thing you notice is how light the bag is. The SturdiBag large only weighs 2.6 pounds, despite that it has been tested to safely carry a pet up to 40 pounds and has the dimentions: 18 L x 12 H x 12 W inches. It’s by far the lightest bag we’ve seen on the market!

SturdiBag

One the key advantages of the SturdiBag is the patented flex-height design with flexible rods that allow the carrier to flex down without collapsing to conform to under seat heights. Then the bag pops back into shape when it is no longer stored under the airline seat. Many dog carriers do not have this extra support and as a result the bag does not hold its shape and the top can collapse down on your dog.

The SturdiBag is made of durable 600 denier polyester with urethane coating, which makes it very durable and water resistant. It comes in a variety of colors and is available in 5 sizes for the standard model (non-divided) and 2 sizes for the divided models. It also has pockets so you can put your dog’s leash or treats in it. There is one back storage pocket on the 5 standard models and deep side pockets on the 2 divided model. The SturdiBag is also easy to clean and completely machine washable.
SturdiBag

The SturdiBag includes:

  • Adjustable 4-point padded shoulder strap & leather hand grip
  • Retractable privacy flaps on all mesh windows
  • Seatbelt safety straps for car travel
  • Interior Comfort Pad secured by Velcro
  • Zipper Security Clips and a tether for safety and security

The SturdiBag Flex-Height Pet Carrier comes with a Comfort Pad which is covered with soft fleece. This light weight Comfort Pad is filled with a cushy, convoluted or “egg-crate” style foam that provides air circulation and superior weight distribution for support, comfort and pressure relief. The Comfort Pad may be beneficial for aging pets and/or pets with arthritic or other orthopedic problems. If your dog really likes the Comfort Pad in the SturdiBag, you can purchase additional ones to use around the house. There are various Comfort Pad cover designs and colors so you can find one that suits your home.

SturdiBag

SturdiBags come in a variety of colors, designs and sizes

The company Sturdi Products really stands behind their products. All SturdiBag pet carriers and other products are warranted against manufacturer defect for the life of the product.

They will also replace parts as needed or handle special requests such as installing customized/heavy mesh. Sturdi Products has been catering to the needs of professional dog handlers and groomers since 1993. So they really have a “high touch” when it comes to customer service.

Sturdi Bag for 2

The Divided SturdiBag has 2 Pet Compartments!

Sturdi Products was founded on the principle of decreasing the stress of both pets and people by designing better products for use when traveling with pets. Sturdi now offers over 40 professional quality & innovative products.

SturdiBox

SturdiBox

They also make the SturdiBox which is great for both on the road and at home. Built out of high-quality, durable materials, the SturdiBox waterproof and built to last. Folds flat and snaps closed for packing! You can see in the photo here are two small SturdiBoxes (they come in different sizes). The one in purple filled with water and the other folded in black.