When I first posted about using a backpack to drain my dog’s excessive energy, I received a question from a fellow blogger about how often to use a backpack and how much weight to put as “cargo.”
Let me start by saying that every dog is an individual, and as such you need to figure out how often and how heavy the backpack should be. This is what I do with Bella, my 3-year-old pit mix, that has an overabundance of energy:
- When we got Bella, Jan. 2014, she wore a backpack only during our morning walks because the walks had to be short, due to the weather, and she had a huge amount of energy. She carried 2 lbs. in her backpack
- As time went by, and the weather improved, Bella wore her backpack every other day, mornings only.
- Later on, she used the backpack only on Mon., Wed., and Fri.
- Nowadays, she only wears it when I see that she has way too much energy. Maybe once a week.
If you are unsure about how to use a backpack, please talk to a trainer so he/she can help you figure it out. Do not make your dog run with a backpack. Bella carries 2 lbs. but let’s remember that she weighs 52 lbs. After a walk of 1 – 1 1/2 hr. with a backpack holding 2 lbs. even my energetic Bella is tired.