Walking him with a backpack for more exercise?

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Walking him with a backpack for more exercise?

Postby sundaygirl » Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:19 pm

My husband saw some dog show that recommended that powerful dogs wear a doggie backpack with some gear in it on their walks because it's more exercise for them. Does anyone do this? I know that Odnarb's cutie wears a pack sometimes (I :inlove: those pics of Grant, Odnarb!)

We're thinking it might be good for winter when Luther has loads of energy and it's harder for us to do hour-long walks in the cold Pittsburgh weather - would wear him out in a shorter amount of time. Should we put a few water bottles in the pack for weight? How much? (he weighs about 68 lbs).

Also, if anyone has a recommendation for a pack that doesn't cost $50+, let me know! Drs. Foster Smith has one that is only $20 - how does this look?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/p ... 001+113234

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Postby FantomsDad » Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:43 pm

A tire would work. Of coarse you'd slowly have to raise the weight and get a harness. Google weight pulling and you'll find some good stuff or go here:

http://www.apbtconformation.com/weight_pulling.htm

sundaygirl

Postby sundaygirl » Tue Oct 19, 2004 7:56 am

That would be fine for the backyard but not exactly for walks around the neighborhood. . .

megan203

Postby megan203 » Tue Oct 19, 2004 8:47 am

have you considered a treadmill for the days where it's too darn cold to be outside? They're useful for those of us who live in the colder climates.

Here's a couple of threads about them: http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.p ... =treadmill

http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.p ... =treadmill

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Postby sundaygirl » Tue Oct 19, 2004 9:09 am

I've considered the treadmill but don't have one of my own. I'd want to be sure that he'd actually use it before investing in one!! Anyone ever heard of a pittie that has no interest in the carpet mill?

Plus, we don't really have space for it. :sad:

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Postby bustersmom » Tue Oct 19, 2004 12:53 pm

i like that pack. looks cool. and doesnt infringe on what the dog looks like. if i had money right now i would buy it.

SpudsBud

Postby SpudsBud » Tue Oct 19, 2004 1:08 pm

I'm going to get a set of those dog 'panniers' one day. It'll be great for our hikes, he can carry his own stuff.

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Postby duckzilla » Tue Oct 19, 2004 4:52 pm

I have an "Outward Hound" backpack for my girl. She knows that when I get that out she's going to get some GOOD excercise. She carries about a gallon of water on our hikes, her own food and treats. Our hikes consist of anywhere from 4 - 12 miles round trip. I can honesly say she does it about 4 times to our 1.

Backpacks are awesome, and she barely notices. Half the time she forgets and goes thru a narrow opening between rocks or trees or something, and gets stuck, and I have to crawl to wherever to retrieve her. :)

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Postby T-rabbit » Tue Nov 07, 2006 9:23 pm

Backpacks are awesome, and she barely notices. Half the time she forgets and goes thru a narrow opening between rocks or trees or something, and gets stuck, and I have to crawl to wherever to retrieve her.

That is so funny! lol

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Postby ethanh8791 » Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:22 pm

would a backpack be okay for use in regular (daily) walking? I'm only able to walk my dog for 30-50min 2x a day and I feel like he needs to burn off some more energy.. thoughts?

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Postby BabyReba » Sun Nov 19, 2006 7:32 pm

there's a great sticky on this above, check it out:

http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=53884


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