How to Make a Dog Backpack

How to Make a Dog Backpack
If you enjoy taking your dog on hikes and other outdoor activities, you may want to create gear for your dog to carry his own supplies. Once your dog has his own pack, he can tote his own water, food and treats, leaving more room in your pack for items you might not normally bring, like a good novel or your journal. You'll be surprised at how much carrying even the lightest of backpacks will improve your dog's fitness level in a short period of time. You can buy a backpack for a dog at local pet stores, but it may be a bit on the pricey side. You can also custom make a backpack that fits your dog's individual needs.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Child's backpack
  • Straps with clips
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Ribbon, appliqué or other embellishments (optional)
  • Leash ring (optional)
  • Light reflector strip (optional)
 
Step 1
Pick out a child size backpack. You can purchase a backpack that is made for a child and then customize it to fit your dog. Make sure that the backpack you choose is proportionate to the size of your dog because the arm straps need to adjust to fit around your dog.
Step 2
Fit the straps. Some child backpacks come equipped with a strap that your child can fasten around their chest or waist (or both). If the backpack doesn't have these straps, then you can sew two straps on the back of the pack. Before you sew the straps on, pin one toward the top and one toward the bottom on the back of the pack. Fit your dog with the backpack to make sure that one strap fastens around its chest and the other down toward his tummy. Make adjustments as necessary.
Step 3
Sew straps. Once you have the straps in the right positions, use a sewing machine to attach the straps to the backpack.
Step 4
Add a leash ring. You may also wish to sew a small leash hook to the front of the pack so that you can hook your dog's leash to the backpack. This would be particularly useful if you typically hook your dog's leash to a harness rather than a collar.
Step 5
Decorate. To give your dog a backpack as unique as its personality, you can also use appliqués, ribbon and other embellishments to decorate the outside of the backpack. You can customize your dog's backpack by having his or her name embroidered on the side. If you'll be backpacking with your dog at night, you may want to add a light reflector on the front of the pack so car lights will reflect off of it.
 
Try your backpack on your dog and make sure that it fits correctly and that all of the release buckles and sliders work correctly. Never overload your dog's backpack. Heavy items can cause spine damage. Check your dog often while out on the trail to make sure that the backpack has not slipped or that the straps have not come loose or gotten tangled.
 

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