While dog strollers are often purchased as a cute accessory for the urban dog, they can also serve more functions. A well-chosen set of wheels can help any dog with a mobility impairment continue to live an active, outgoing life in many climates or terrains. Strollers can also allow older dogs to still go on walks, can be used to carry small breeds who would normally get tired out on long hikes, and can help you conveniently bring your dog to outdoor events. Before you buy a dog stroller, you’ll need to carefully measure your dog’s height and consider what types of places you’ll explore with your dog in a stroller. These two factors will help determine the size and model of the ideal dog stroller for your dog’s lifestyle.
Measure your dog’s height. Place one end of a tape measure on the floor and bring the other end up to the top of the dog’s head. This will tell you how tall your dog is when standing upright. You’ll need this information when looking at strollers, as larger dogs will need larger strollers. Make sure that you
- Most dog strollers have covers to protect against weather and sun. Knowing your dog’s height ensures your dog will have enough room to stand up and turn around inside the stroller, even when the cover is down.
- Allow ample room for growth if your dog is still a puppy. You can anticipate your dog’s adult size by researching standard height and weight measurements for your dog’s breed.
- Also consider how often your dog will walk on their own. Will you be pushing the dog the entire time you’re on a walk, or will the dog be walking on its own for much of the time?
- Collapsible dog strollers offer the most portability but tend to cost more than inflexible models. Obtain measurements of these folding models to determine if the stroller will fit in your vehicle when fully collapsed.
- Decide if you will use your stroller on long hikes in the woods or only on concrete sidewalks. If you’ll primarily be jogging on roads and sidewalks, you may decide to purchase a lightweight, three-wheeled jogging pet stroller.
- If you’re going to take your dog stroller on longer hikes, access printed maps to evaluate the steepness and difficulty of trails.
- This should be relatively easy if you have multiple small dogs, but larger dogs may not fit together in a dog stroller.
- If you have dogs of different sizes—for example, one large and one small dog—you can bring a stroller for the smaller dog, so it can rest while the larger dog continues to hike or run.
Pick a stroller to match the climate you’ll be walking in. If you are planning to take the stroller on longer hikes through rougher terrain, you’ll need to purchase a sturdy model which may have helpful features, such as a rainproof exterior. Conversely, if you’ll primarily be taking your dog on short walks or using the stroller indoors (at the vet’s office or mall), you can select a model with fewer features.
- Look for a stroller with all-terrain, knobby tires and a reinforced undercarriage if you plan on using the stroller on uneven surfaces such as dirt, sand, or snow.
- Purchase a stroller with standard, bicycle-type tires if you only plan on using it on pavement.
- Closing the top and front cover will also ensure that your dog won’t jump out while the stroller is in motion.
- Water and a water dish for your dog.
- A leash and/or dog harness.
- Waste bags to pick up after your dog