This little @ruffwear pack has seen us through some trips, and it is still pristine. Nothing a good wash won't solve. 🌲
I still remember training Willow to wear it. First, we fit the harness and we did a whole lot of play when wearing it as well as getting Kongs stuffed with yummies and of course hiking, to make sure it was a comfortable fit.
The minute I pull out the harness today, Willow comes running and shoves her head straight through it. 🐺
To teach her to wear the pack, we introduced it gradually as well. I attached the (empty) pack to the harness and I asked Bill to feed Willow some high-value treats while I was attaching it. The sound of the buckles and the action of putting something over your dog without them being able to see it can be a little scary, I know it was for Willow, and had I not taken the time to do these small steps to create a positive association with wearing a backpack, the experience would be a different one for her.
Once she was comfortable wearing and hiking with the empty pack, I started to add little things gradually and always making sure the weight was even on both sides. From carrying an extra leash, to some cookies, to travel bowls and finally her water vessels; the important thing is to take your time.
The same way you train to wear a pack and carry everything you will need on your backpacking trip, the same applies for your dog. 🍃
Like most things, you can never go too slow, only too fast.
Get those cookies or that tug toy, take your time. It will be well worth it, I promise. .
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