Backpacking With Your Dog

The wonders of nature are best when shared with a friend. There are few things more enjoyable than taking your dog backpacking; however, when it comes to packing, you have to plan carefully.

Overpacking is the quickest way to weigh down your trip – literally.

You’re going to have extra weight in your bag for your dog – at the very least, a leash, a bowl and their food. If you’ve ever handled a bag of dog food, you know how heavy it is in bulk.

You’re probably not thrilled with the idea of carrying it on your back for miles.

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

There’s an old adage that goes, “Work smarter, not harder.” Instead of lugging around heavy dog food, consider purchasing freeze-dried food.

Pound-for-pound, freeze-dried dog food is considerably lighter than its traditional counterpart.

Here are three USA-based brands to consider. All of them are non-GMO and among some of the healthiest, safest brands to give your dog.

Stewart Raw Naturals

Perhaps the best choice for freeze-dried dog food is Stewart Raw Naturals. Choose between lamb, chicken, salmon, turkey or beef.

Additionally, they have a separate formula for growing puppies. Stewart Naturals is completely grain and gluten-free. Its creators understand what dogs do and don’t need for a healthy diet.

Primal Freeze Dried Nuggets

If you’re looking for a bargain deal, you should consider this variant by Primal Pet Foods. This type of food is well-balanced; it’s intended for dogs of all ages.

It’s free of corn, soy, or wheat products. The chicken used in the recipe is hormone-free.

If you want to give your dog an all-natural diet for a low cost, this is the one to choose.

The Honest Kitchen’s Organic Dog Food

There’s no harm in splurging once and a while. Treat yourself – and treat your dog- to organic, luxury dog food.

This food is human-grade, meaning it meets the required FDA standards needed for human consumption, not just livestock feed. The recipe contains real, humanely-kept animal products.

Choose between ranch-raised beef, cage-free turkey, or free range chicken. While the priciest of the listed options, this is a luxury choice to pamper your pooch and make your trip even more enjoyable.