You may have noticed that some early 2000s trends coming back into style. Dubbed “Y2K style”, many of these trends are not met with enthusiasm by those of us who lived it (low-rise jeans, anyone?).
Another notable trend that was seen nearly everywhere in popular culture back then? Celebrities using tiny dogs as accessories, most famously, Paris Hilton and her Chihuahua, Tinkerbell.
Whether or not she knew it, Hilton started the “purse dog” trend. Soon enough, small dogs being carried around in designer purses and tote bags were everywhere.
Flash forward to 2022. Today there are bags and backpacks specifically designed for dogs. They aren’t a fashion statement, rather, they are for the dog and dog owner’s safety, convenience, and comfort.
Why would anyone need a dog carrier backpack?
Luckily our pets today are not just seen as accessories. While a doggy backpack seems like a silly product, it actually has several practical uses. Plus, they don’t just make them for small dog breeds anymore. Large dogs and medium dogs can get in on the action, too!
City dwellers love them for biking & public transportation
Pet carrier backpacks are all over cities these days. The MTA in New York City, for example, only allows pets on public transportation if they are “enclosed in a container.”
New Yorkers can now get their pet to the vet, park, or to their dog-friendly by a more affordable mode of transportation thanks to dog packs and travel carriers!
Hiking & exploring
If you want to bring your dog hiking, hiking backpacks and outdoor gear for dogs are great for little guys who may get tired on long treks.
If you have an adventurous cat, use one as a cat backpack!
Senior dogs, dogs with disabilities, or dogs with mobile limitations
If you have a special needs or senior dog with limited mobility, a dog backpack is a great idea for helping you help him get around. Just because they can’t get around as easily as they used to doesn’t mean they have to miss out on fun and socialization opportunities.
What to look for in the best dog backpack
If you are considering getting one, here are some key safety features to look for in a high-quality dog backpack:
- Adjustable straps
- A chest strap for extra stability
- Breathable mesh for ventilation
- Water-resistant fabric
- Storage pockets
The PoochPouch by Outward Hound is made with water-resistant fabric that the American Kennel Club called “a breeze to clean”. It comes with roomy front and side pockets so you can bring all of the essentials with you (including your pup!).
Another great dog travel bag option is the PupPak 2-in-1 which can be worn as a backpack or front pack. It comes with padded shoulder straps, a chest strap, and a waist strap.
Taking your pup on your next adventure is easier with the Outward Hound PupPak Front Carrier. This hands-free front pack makes carrying your dog safe, comfortable & easy when you’re on-the-go! Water-resistant fabric combined with mesh siding provides a secure and ventilated space for your pup to enjoy the scenery as they travel snuggly against your chest. Padded shoulder straps and adjustable buckles keep…
Keep your pup safe and comfortable with the Outward Hound PoochPouch Backpack. This pup pack makes carrying your dog safe, comfortable & easy when you’re on the go! Explore new ground with Outward Hound Gear! Our high-quality performance gear will keep your pup safely equipped for every new adventure!HANDS-FREE, PADDED STRAP PET CARRIER: The PoochPouch Backpack is ideal for carrying smaller pups under 20…
Accommodating pets weighing 15 lbs and under, you can now easily go the distance with your dog hands-free when they need assistance getting around.
The dog sling features a front zippered pocket to store all of your on-the-go essentials, and mesh provides ventilation to keep your pooch cool and comfortable throughout the journey. The strap is padded and can be adjusted to your comfort level, and side drawstrings can be tightened or loosened to accommodate pets of different sizes.
The PupPak Sling Dog Carrier by Outward Hound lets you take your dog wherever you roam! Accommodating pets weighing 15 lbs and under, you can now easily go the distance with your dog hands-free when they need assistance getting around. The dog sling features a front zippered pocket to store all of your on-the-go essentials, and mesh provides ventilation to keep your pooch cool and comfortable throughout…
Doggy backpacks for dogs to wear
There are dog backpack harnesses for dogs to wear, too! If you do a lot of hiking, day trips, or long walks, get your pooch a dog saddle bag-style day pack.
Many of them come with d-ring leash attachments and extra pockets to keep dog supplies in. Your pup can carry its own poop bags, water bottle, and collapsible water bowl for the journey.
The DayPak is a saddlebag-style dog backpack that allows your pup to comfortably carry extra gear and essentials while on-the-go! A light-capacity pack constructed with breathable mesh and adjustable straps to keep your dog comfortable and cool on the trail. Bright colors and reflective piping make it easy to spot your dog if they roam too far. Enjoy the convenience and storage space of 4 expandable…