Should your Hound carry their own gear on the trail?

Hoping to have your Hound wear a pack on the trail? Make sure your hound is comfortable wearing their new pack before you head out on a hike. Familiarize your hound with the pack by letting them wear it around inside the house, and positively reward them with a treat or game of tug when wearing the pack. Slowly progress until your hound is wearing the pack outside and on regular short walks, continuing to positively reinforce and reward your hound.  Before you know it, you’ll both be out on the trail, comfortably wearing your packs!  Take note – hounds should only carry about 10 percent of their body weight, so make sure you’re not overloading their pack.