Dog packing equipment

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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by rlown » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:26 am

Gazelle wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:14 am
I really liked wolf packs dog packs when I went with my dogs. I forget witch booties but it took me a few brands to figure out which ones actually stayed on
Wolf packs looks great! Thanks for the pointer.








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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by Harlen » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:54 pm

Hey Russ,

You may have already found the perfect dog pack by now. Our advice is not to buy the "Outward Hound." At least for Bearzy, it seems to place the weight too far back. I like the look of our friend's "Roughwear" pack, which puts the weight more over the shoulders. This design seems easier on the dog's back. We wonder what choices you made on packs and booties? Good luck.

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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by rlown » Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:09 am

Simba's pack fits him fine. He has this little dance he does which is called his "happy dance." He jumps up stomps his front feet. When really happy, 75lbs of dog gets vertical air and off of all 4 feet. When he sees his pack, the dance begins, and after the pack is put on (with 2 full poly bottles in it), standing next to the door, He clears air again.

I went with the Wolf pack. It is a weight forward pack and he likes it. I posted a picture of the booties on the other thread. They are kurgo dog shoes, and he hates them. I only got them for emergency use, but he is still working on using them. A nice walk takes his mind off the fact that they are on the paws. He's thrown them off only once, but that was my fault when I put them on and didn't cinch properly.

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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by Wandering Daisy » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:56 pm

Here is what we use on Lupe, our border collie. It works well and is sturdy. It stays on well. My only complaint is that it is heavy. It is NOT waterproof so she only carries stuff that can get wet because she loves to get into the water at stream crossings.
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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by bobby49 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:31 pm

It seems to me that the packs for big dogs are shaped this way, but the packs for smaller dogs are shaped differently. They are larger toward the front, which keeps the weight more forward near the shoulder. My new Border Collie weighs 40 pounds, so that is neither large nor small.

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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by rlown » Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:47 pm

Simba with the Wolf Pack. Right over the shoulder. He is 75 lbs.
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He is panting, as we just came back after a walk.
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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by Wandering Daisy » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:09 pm

I met a fellow with a dog this fall in Desolation, and he put a small bicycle light on top of the dog's collar so he could make sure he knew where the dog was at dusk. I thought that was a good idea if you let your dog amble around at dusk. I also like the idea of a colorful dog pack to better keep track of the dog during the day. I guess the bright kerchief around the neck would do to. Some dogs fur blends in to the surroundings.

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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by rlown » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:17 pm

I call Simba, "the ghost." He's there one moment and then disappears. The pack and the collar have reflective stuff on it. I can shine my light and figure out where he might be. His booties are also strobe light equipped, but not regularly worn. His training collar also beeps.

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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by bobby49 » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:32 pm

How hard is it to train a new dog for recall with an ultrasonic dog whistle?

Normally the dog sticks very close to me, but then it starts to wander.

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Re: Dog packing equipment

Post by rlown » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:35 pm

Bond with Lucy. She will be your life long friend. You don't need a sonic whistle. "Simba, sit." "Simba, come." "Simba, good boy." It takes repetition and understanding the expectation.

But he hates cats. Good boy!

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