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Kurgo Dog Backpack Review

Kurgo dog backpack review | lolathepitty.com

Lola is such a cooperative little model for me…I have to give her props. Doesn’t she look cute in her new dog pack?

I’ll admit, we already had a dog backpack that we bought last year and ended up wearing it TWICE. Ugh, don’t you hate when you do that? Our excuse was it didn’t fit right because it didn’t. It sat there and flopped around on her back which was not at all what we intended.

Lola can be hard to fit because for one, she’s a little pocket pitty and usually in-between sizes and for two, her girth(chest) measures about two to three times bigger than her waist. I know, I’m jealous too. But this makes it hard, especially when fitting a backpack.

The nice thing about this Kurgo dog pack is that it is fully adjustable. Seriously, I think it took me about 10 minutes to adjust all the straps (each strap adjusts on the top and the bottom) where it was snug so it won’t bounce around, but not too tight.

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The pack fits like a harness, with a chest plate and the straps are non-restricting. The top has an ergonomic padded/ventilated design and fit very comfortably.

The leash hook is on the back which also happens to double as a bottle opener. Nifty…

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The pouches/saddle bags are a great size (and adjustable). They are big but not TOO big where they are getting in the way. As you can see, we have them adjusted so they sit right on the side of Lola’s body.

Kurgo dog backpack review | lolathepitty.com

I could probably fit their dog food, water and any emergency kit supplies in it without weighing her down too much. I was chatting with Beverly over at Hiking with Fido and she mentioned that a good rule of thumb she uses is don’t allow them to carry over 15% of their body weight. This of course depends on how far you are going, medical conditions that your dog may have and their activity level. If you want your dog to carry more, condition them to do so first.

update – after using this dog pack for a few months, I noticed that it can be difficult to ‘balance’ out. Either that or Lola walks unevenly. I also noticed that on long hikes it seems to rub under her arms and irritate her skin (after all, she has virtually no fur there) – I might try adding a fleece cover to the straps and prevent some of that rubbing.

Do you have a dog pack?! What type do you use?

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Sarah Lukemire

Sarah Lukemire

Fur mom to Lola & Rio, free-spirited personality, coffee addict. Blogging to create positive awareness for pit bull type dogs. Committed to creating a world in which all dogs are treated fairly and equally. Read more >>

5 Comments

  1. April 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm — Reply

    Oh I love that pack and how it fits on Lola! I’ve been wanting a pack for HufflePup that would fit well especially for his emergency supplies when we’re out and about. Was it pretty easy to figure out which size she should use?

    • April 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm — Reply

      Hi! Yes, it is actually a universal size. How much does HufflePup weigh? I bet it would fit him, this is for dogs 30-85lbs.

  2. April 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm — Reply

    Hi Lola, Sarah and friends!! This was my favorite pack when Jake was a puppy! Now he uses a “grown up” back pack. I now use the Kurgo pack as a loaner or trainer for pack members that want try out a backpack with their dogs before they actually buy one. That’s the beauty of this pack! It’s adjustable and practically fits mosts dogs under 80lbs.

    This pack is also relatively inexpensive compared to others, which would make it a great daily walk pack, if you don’t want to invest in or need the space of a full pack.

    There are times when I do still have Jake or Nanook wear this. It’s when I need a walking purse. Usually it’s on our trips to Home Depot, a town fair, the swap meet or the corner Starbucks!

    • April 22, 2014 at 7:50 pm — Reply

      Hi Beverly! Yes, this will be a great pack for our little outings. And I agree, at $35 it’s very reasonable. Thanks for saying hi!

  3. April 23, 2014 at 7:05 am — Reply

    I have been thinking about getting one, I am just not sure how much I would use it though. Great review. We love Kurgo!
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