The Approach Backpack for Dogs by Ruffwear
Comfortable yet rugged dog pack for hiking, running or city excursions
The Approach Pack is among the best dog packs for daily use or weekenders. The saddlebags are designed to shift weight to the shoulder area instead of middle of back to make dog backpacking an activity pups look forward to. Proper fit is just as important in a dog pack as a human pack and the Approach dog backpack has multiple adjust points that secure the pack while not impeding movement. The fit remains good and snug even if the dog is running or scrambling up and down boulders.
There have been several dog backpack reviews that raved about the Ruffwear Approach Pack including Backpacker Magazine 2013 and Men's Journal.
This pack was designed as dog hiking backpack it works equally well as a service dog pack.
See video below for proper fitting procedure
Pair this pack with dog booties and hit the trail.
A common question with dog packs is "what size to get" since proper fit is critical. Purchase a pack that is appropriate for the type and frequency of expected use and Always measure! In general, if the dog's measurements put it on the border between sizes, keep it on the snug side. A too-loose pack will flop about and irritate the dog.
GIRTH: take the measurement around the widest part of the rib cage
CAPACITY (cubic inches)
A dog should carry no more than 25% - 30% of its body weight in the pack
A dog must be acclimated to wearing a pack prior to any lengthy adventures
Begin with light loads and work up from there.