Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack – I was very excited when Kurgo said they were sending the Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack for us to tryout and review! I had been watching their products for a while, and I watched the mail daily for their arrival!
Bonnie got to wear the pack first, and it fit her very well. Truth is, these packs will fit most dogs well because there are multiple ways to adjust for individual fitting. The chest strap, under-belly straps (2), the side pack straps (4), and the between front belly strap and chest strap, all adjust .
(I probably should have tightened the chest strap a bit more here, to have the pack sitting up a bit farther on Lady Bonnie’s back.)
While we didn’t put anything in the pack for this first outing, we did certainly “test” it!
I do suggest you take the pack off before letting your dog into the water as both bags were full of water when she came out of the water, and she wasn’t really in there for very long. I had to unzip the bags and pour the water out! You could also try putting your dog pack items in Ziplocs before putting in pack, to keep items dry. A positive note is that, if they do get into the water before you have a chance to take off the pack, the pack itself handles the exposure just fine. I hung the pack up to dry, and it was like brand new when we reached for it again.
The Kurgo Baxter Dog Pack felt like I had a solid control of my dog. It would require a significant fight on the part of your dog, before they could back out of this pack. I also like where the leash hook is placed.
And the handle on the top of the pack is very handy in assisting where extra control is needed.
When on our adventures I will usually have dogs on and off lead. While on their off lead time, the packs stayed perfectly placed.
However, when I had Hen and Bonnie on a tandem Y leash, the packs seemed to slip around a lot, to the point of even loosening up some of the straps. While my dogs do a fantastic job on the Y leash, they are dogs, and do switch up positions, and stop and go on each other. If you are going tandem with these packs, be sure and have the straps snug.
Lady Bonnie seemed to also be quite happy about her whole experience with her pack!
One more awesome point I should make about this pack. When you are done with your adventure, and are ready to relax and open a cold one? The leash hook is a bottle opener!! I think KURGO is definitely onto something there; multi use packs!!
*I received these packs, in exchange for an honest testing and review.