Rating Guide

X No paws: Not Recommended or product has serious flaws

One paw: Not recommended for most pet owners

Two Paws: Ok product, some reservations

Three Paws: Very good product

Four Paws: Love it, great product

Outward Hound Quick-Release Dog Pack

Rating: 3 paws

The Outward Hound Quick-Release Dog Pack is a dog backpack made by Kyjen. The backpack or saddlebag is removable from the underlying harness.
This is a basic dog backpack. The compartments are large, and there are plastic rings where items can be tied down above the zippered compartments. The large size does make them a little bulky. This backpack features padding underneath all buckles for comfort, although unfortunately the padding is in small pieces which can sometimes be pushed or twisted from movement so that they are no longer padding the buckles. The backpack section is removable and attached with velcro so that you can take it off your dog during rests to give the dog a break from the load. The harness/base is also padded. However, this part unfortunately does not feature any place where a leash could be attached, so it can not be used alone or as a regular harness. The Outward Hound pack all in all is a very basic and "entry-level" dog backpack. It may be fine for short hikes or walking your dog but the lack of ruggedness or special features makes it not the best choice for long hikes or active dogs who may cause a lot of wear and tear.

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Breed: German Shepherd
Size: "Large" 26" tall and 70 lbs.
Occupation: Pack Dog
Birthdate: 4/14/04

Breed: Labrador Retriever
Size: "Large" 100+ lbs.
Occupation: Family Dog

Breed: Golden Retriever
Size: "Medium" 24" tall and 65 lbs.
Occupation: Therapy Dog
Birthdate: 1/9/96

Breed: Rat Terrier mix
Size: "Small" 14" tall and 25 lbs.
Occupation: Trick Dog
Birthdate: 8/8/94

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