Here’s what I learned taking my dog on his first backpacking trip.
3.Signed form by 3 different witnesses that they observed your doghiking with a backpack.
I have never been backpacking in your area so take this with a grain of salt. I have however backpacked quite a bit with my dog in Shenandoah National Park which has a pretty high concentration of Black bears and I have never had an issue taking normal bear precautions. I hang (cannister not required) both my food and the dogs food, I do not feed him right beside my tent, and I keep him on his leash while hiking.
Be sure to get your dog into condition before you backpack with him--start slowly and work up gradually for both distance and pack weight. Don't plan on long hikes or carrying a pack for a puppy--you will only injure his immature joints. Wait until the pup is at least a year. Remember that some breeds (like Labs) take 18 months to 2 years for their joints to fully mature. The pup will go until he drops; you are the one who has to set the limits. Consult your veterinarian if there is any doubt.
Lots of companies make doggie backpacks. Ours is from .
The 10 Essentials for Backpacking Dogs
Hiking and backpacking with your dog can be fun and exciting--or miserable--depending upon how much planning and preparation you have done. You can't just show up at a hiking spot and expect to be welcomed. A lot of what determines how well your trip will go is in the preparation stage – making sure you have enough water, food, clothes appropriate for the season (your dog may need a coat too!), and that your backpack isn’t too heavy.AvoidOverheating: do not backpack in HOT weather!In warm weather, bring frozen bottles ofwater that can be used for cooling and then later for drinking (small flat freezerpacks work good).Be careful to makesure that it is not too cool against the skin(you don’t want to give your dog frostbite in the middle of summer!).If all your answers are yes, then it’s time to size your dog for a backpack. Measure your dog’s length (neck to rump) and their girth (around the widest part of their ribcage). You can use these measurements to determine their backpack size.First, you want to determine if your dog is ready for backpacking. Are they fully grown? In decent shape? Have they been hiking before? Do you want them to wear a backpack to give them a job to do and help share the load?Once you have your backpack, introduce your dog to it by letting them sniff it. If they are acting okay around it, put it on them. If they back away, try again, slowly, with treats.