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Backpacking with your dog?

I am an avid backpacker when I have the time. Recently, my parents adopted a dog, a wonderful six year old lab mutt. Since I live at home over the summer (college student am I), I really would like to begin conditioning him to go on trips. I know to start very easy, basically lots of long walks and getting him used to a dog pack without weight.

Anyhoo, does anyone have any tips for backpacking with a dog? He definitely won't be an out of control dog, like some irresponsible owners let them be. He'll be leashed up well and his waste either buried or packed out.

One thing specific I have to ask, if anyone has any experience on the matter, is will dogs take to the waste of iodine treated water? While I carry a pump, I prefer to treat water with iodine, as it is so much faster. I can easily see a dog not being too pleased with the smell or taste of the water.

Thanks for any info and tips you can provide! I am looking forward to getting Ben out on the trail for a healthy adventure!
Yay for typos, I meant to type the 'taste' of iodine treated water. Silly me.

I will once he is used to the pack, he will begin to carry a bit of weight, increasing gradually of course. He is a 75 pound dog, and his max carry weight (if I use the recommended 25% of his body weight) would be about 18 pounds. I hope to build him up to 10-15 pounds, but no more than that.

Those links are very helpful, I'll be sure to go through them! And in addition, do more research, since I have quite a few months to plan. I don't want to be a backpacker who gives hiking with dogs a bad rap. Apparently, a term out there is LNT=LDH, or leave no trace leave dogs at home.
We aren't in rattlesnake country (unless you count the elusive massasauga rattlesnake), but it is very much bear country. I always kept a bell on my backpack, and Ben will get on either on his collar or pack too. Plus, his food and treats will go in a tree just like mine. I've never seen a bear hiking yet, but I'd rather not take that chance. I just hope I never have to use my bear spray.

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Do you and your Dog like to hike?

Then put your dog to work. They can carry their own supplies with a dog backpack.
A lot of hikers and backpackers like to take their dog along with them on hikes. No matter the length of the trip, you always have to make some extra room for your four legged friends supplies.
Well, why not start making them carry their own gear with a dog backpack? Yes, there is such a thing as dog backpacks.
A backpack for your dog is a great way to save personal pack space while still bring everything you need for your canine friend. If you are wondering how to get started, check out this page.

Big name companies like Kelty and Mountainsmith make backpack for dogs.
They come in all shape and sizes. Price ranges from $25-$100+.
Ask around and see if any of your hiking friends are using one and what they would recommend.
One thing is for sure, once you and your four legged friend start using it's new backpack, you are going to wonder how you ever got along without it!
If you have a really small dog, you can get a backpack that you can carry them in as well!

Check out the selection of quality dog backpacks we have available. We are sure you will find on that suits the needs of your dogs and you!

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