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Sleeping Bag for Dog?
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Karl Keating
(KarlKeating) - MLife
Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/02/2008 18:56:13 MST Print View

I hope to take my ten-year-old German shorthair pointer backpacking with me soon. At home, he sleeps indoors on a dog bed and likes to be covered with a blanket, even when it's not particularly chilly in the house. No doubt he will look at me askance if, when in a tent, I'm cozy in a sleeping bag and he's simply beside me on a pad.

Can anyone recommend a (lightweight!) dog-specific sleeping bag that would be appropriate for a 63-pounder? (He otherwise will have available a Granite Gear dog coat and trail booties, but I doubt those will be enough to keep him warm.)

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Sleeping Bag for Dog on 12/02/2008 19:02:52 MST Print View

I read something about Montbell releasing some next year. They will only have 3 sizes, but they adjust accordingly to fit different breeds. :-p

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/02/2008 19:04:57 MST Print View

I got a coleman sleeping bag for dog at Works great. Not exactly an ultralight sleeping bag, more like the old fashioned sleeping bags but sized for a dog, and easy to clean (wash).

Edited by marti124 on 12/02/2008 19:06:30 MST.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Re: Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/02/2008 19:07:10 MST Print View

I just carry an extra piece of closed cell foam for underneath, and my old MB UL Down Inner, which can be snapped close to make ~ sleeping bag, or just piled on top of the dog. I think a dog bag would be a very good beginners MYOG project too!

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/02/2008 19:18:24 MST Print View

Slight thread drift here...

Be sure your 10 year old dog is up to a backpacking trip.
Nothing is more woeful that a suburban marshmallow floundering halfway through the trip.

My apologies if he is rough and tumble and ready to go. :-0

Randall Miller
(speyguy) - F

Locale: Cascadia
Canine sleeping bag on 12/02/2008 19:30:16 MST Print View

Yeah, agree. MYOG possibilities are plenty. Another option that I’ve done for my dog was to go to Goodwill and buy a fleece pullover (they are almost a dime a dozen). I cut the sleeves off just above her elbows. The only other mod was to make about a 10 inch cut at the bottom front of the fleece (dogs waist and stomach area), take some of the girth out and sew it back up to make it fit more snugly. It doesn’t have to be pretty. I put that on her and give her a pad to sleep on. I put it in a gallon size ziplock bag and she carries it herself. She’s a Golden, so she has a little bit longer hair than your dog, so not sure if it would work for you. But it’s cheap.

Edited by speyguy on 12/02/2008 19:59:10 MST.

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/02/2008 19:38:43 MST Print View

I've heard the Jacks at Jacks'R'Better are working on a wearable canine quilt, so the poochies can take care of their nature calls during the night on their own.

Art Sandt
(artsandt) - F
Re: Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/02/2008 20:32:34 MST Print View

I guess the main problem is finding something small that will stay securely over the dog. An 8-12 ounce down blanket would probably be perfect until the dog shifts around and it falls off him (nylon ripstop is too slippery...). Depending on your dog's personality, your best solution might be to snuggle up next to each other and lay your own sleeping bag over both of you like a quilt.

Edited by artsandt on 12/13/2008 11:16:47 MST.

Christopher Plesko
(Pivvay) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Re: Re: Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/03/2008 07:59:21 MST Print View

What about a little cheap fleece blacket? Light, tough and probably would stay on okay. Fleece doesn't pack the smallest but it would be better than down for a dog. Plus you could even hand sew little clips/straps on it if he had a hard time keeping it over him.

My pup doesn't use a blanket anywhere even though he's spoiled and sleeps on our bed at home. If he gets really cold, he'll just squeeze in between my wife and I in the tent or slide up next to one of us.

There's nothing wrong with carrying a little blanket for him, just that dogs usually don't "need" one in temperatures that most of the backpacking population goes out in.

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
down comforter on 12/03/2008 09:08:21 MST Print View

Go for the Cadillac. Just get your dog a really nice Western Mountaineering Down Comforter that they can use. I am sure the dog will be really warm no matter where you are.

Edited by bpeugh on 12/03/2008 09:09:53 MST.

Tom Caldwell
(Coldspring) - F

Locale: Ozarks
Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/03/2008 09:54:38 MST Print View

There has to be a niche there somewhere. Nunatak, do you realize how many doq sized quilts you can make with the down and Epic fabric it takes to make one of your quilts? I'm astounded at some of the prices of dog packs, so I'm sure you'd get a few buyers.

There's quite a few dog blankets and booties out there, I don't know how packable and light they are, as far as fitting into a dog-sized pack.

I kind of like this. :-)
Look through their dog clothes section and I'll bet you could find something at a reasonable price. I think a coat and some booties would keep Rover barky.

This place has some nice stuff to.

Edited by Coldspring on 12/03/2008 10:18:56 MST.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
Sleeping Bag for Dog?? on 12/03/2008 10:15:38 MST Print View

I will need to hide this thread from my canine hiking partner. My loyal dog will request a trade or file for free agency if she finds out that not all dogs have to sleep on what nature provides. No need to buy a canine sleeping bag, buy (adopt) a tougher dog :).

David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
Re: Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/03/2008 11:00:02 MST Print View

My wife just zipped her jacket around our dog on one trip.
Its front legs in the sleeves.

Edited by oware on 12/03/2008 11:00:49 MST.

Karl Keating
(KarlKeating) - MLife
Re: Re: Sleeping Bag for Dog? on 12/03/2008 18:38:36 MST Print View


No marshmallow he. He pulls hard on walks and still runs like a pup. It's his master who, in comparison, might be thought a marshmallow.


Karl Keating
(KarlKeating) - MLife
Thanks for the suggestions! on 12/03/2008 19:01:35 MST Print View


I looked at the recommended web sites and marveled at what is available: even wetsuits for dogs! And an electric parka!

On the observation that dogs indeed can be comfortable in uncomfortable-to-us temperatures, I think I'll begin simply (a foam pad and some sort of blanket) and work up from there, based on how he seems to tolerate things.


Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
What we did on 12/03/2008 21:09:09 MST Print View

One of my friends has a dog who is super fit (no extra fat) and is very short haired.

Poochie would shiver all night long! How unfair was beyond a pad (which all dogs deserve!) she had a sleeping bag added. No more fitful sleeps - pooch went off to doggie slumber, content and warm.

If you have an extra old down jacket consider that - it packs down and the dog can carry it as well.

So worth it to avoid a cold stinky dog trying to get in your expensive sleeping bag (or digging claws into the outside!) ;-)

Matt Rowbotham
(mrowbatham) - F
Dog Gear Ideas from the Dog Sledding world on 12/12/2008 09:24:17 MST Print View

These might be something worth looking at -

Also, just my 2-cents if you're using the dog booties with the hard rubber soles you might want to consider something else. In my experience (and that of thousands of other dog mushers) the flexibility provided by a cloth boot is the way to go (they're also much lighter for the dog!).

One of the best pieces of advice I've ever gotten re: working with dogs - Is to know what normal is, so you can recognize when something is wrong. i.e. know what your dogs pads and toes, etc look and feel like at home, so you asses their condition on the trail.

Here are a couple other good sources of dog gear -
I have this dog coat -


Edited by mrowbatham on 12/12/2008 09:27:24 MST.

josh wagner
(StainlessSteel) - F
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Edited by StainlessSteel on 12/13/2008 09:38:04 MST.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Old Vest on 12/12/2008 12:51:06 MST Print View

When I started taking my dogs winter camping I made doggie horse-blankets out of an old synthetic sleeping bag. Fastex buckle underneath and around neck. Simpler solution, bring an extra old-ish fleece or down vest. Size medium seems to work for 60-90 pound dogs. See!

dogs camped

Art Sandt
(artsandt) - F
Re: on 12/12/2008 14:56:54 MST Print View


Edited by artsandt on 12/13/2008 11:16:08 MST.