|Barked: Fri Jun 17, '11 11:17am PST |
|I don't have a service dog but I have had two Outward Hound packs. One was an old Quick Release pack which was sturdy but the packs were way too big and difficult to adjust for proper position over the shoulders. It also would twist if the packs were not perfectly balanced (if they didn't have the same exact weight on each side.)
Now I have an Urban Adventure pack, Bianca is wearing it in her profile pic btw. I really like it for what I use it for, but I have heard other reviews say that it is not very durable/sturdy. I use it for our regular daily walks around the city (2.5-3.5 miles usually) and also sometimes when we go to events, festivals and things like that.
I would not recommend it if you plan to have a significant amount of weight in the packs, but it works very well for us with Bianca carrying light items. It also needs to be balanced with similar weight on each side or it will start to twist/lean to the heavier side, but it doesn't have to be balanced as exactly as the one we had before. I usually have Bianca carry a roll of baggies (it has a special pocket for these), some tissues, band-aids, a collapsing water bowl, treats, my cell phone, a clicker and sometimes a few more things like her Halti and a really small-folding umbrella.
The only thing I would be concerned about is if your dog will be wearing it for long periods of time, the Outward Hound straps are usually not well padded and the pack is not non-restrictive so this could possibly cause issues if using it for long stretches or adding much weight. I have not had any issues with this with Bianca though. When we are doing a longer distance or an actual hike or if I want her to carry more weight (such as carrying water) I use a Ruffwear pack instead.
Edited by author Fri Jun 17, '11 11:18am PST
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