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How to Buy a Dog Stroller

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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.

Evaluating the Size and Type of Stroller You Need
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  1. 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.
Image titled Buy a Dog Stroller Step 22. Consider the lifestyle you share with your dog. Think of where you and your dog will go when using the stroller. Will you only use the stroller for neighborhood walks or will you take it to places such as shopping malls or on hiking trails? The intended use of the stroller will influence the type of stroller you’ll need to buy.
    • 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.
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3.  Analyze the climate and terrain where you plan to walk. The dog stroller you purchase must be adequate for the locations you plan to use the stroller, whether rural or urban. For example, you may be able to find online descriptions of hiking trails that you plan to take or rural roads you plan to walk along. This helps determine the best type of stroller tires and construction for you and your dog.
  • 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.
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4.  Identify how many dogs you’ll keep in the stroller. Individuals or families with multiple dogs may need to buy a larger stroller, in order for it to comfortably fit both dogs. If you’re going to hike, walk, or jog with two or more dogs in the stroller, make sure that the dogs will have enough room to comfortably stand up and turn around when the stroller’s cover is shut.
  • 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.

Selecting a Stroller to Buy
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  1. 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.
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Choose a stroller with a front and top cover. A top cover can be zipped or buttoned shut in order to keep your dog inside. This feature will be useful in rain or other inclement weather, and can also come in handy if you want to contain your dog inside the stroller: for example, when at a family picnic.
  • Closing the top and front cover will also ensure that your dog won’t jump out while the stroller is in motion.
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3. Ensure that the stroller has cargo capacity. The ability to carry supplies like water and food is handy for long hikes, jogs, or walks. If you purchase a dog stroller that does not come equipped with storage space, or that has a limited capacity, you’ll likely be left carrying pet accessories in your hands. A good pet carrier will have cargo space like pockets or sleeves on the back or sides of the stroller. When using the stroller, you’ll likely be carrying:
  • Water and a water dish for your dog.
  • A leash and/or dog harness.
  • Waste bags to pick up after your dog

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