Tips for Using Dog Strollers
If you share your home with small dogs, then using a dog stroller has probably crossed your mind. Basically, a dog stroller is a dog crate on wheels, which makes sense to use if pet owners need to transport their dogs. Dog strollers are available in different sizes, heights and styles, and can be useful in the right situation. Check out these tips for using a dog stroller!
Using a Dog Stroller
Small dogs need a bit more TLC when walking in public, as strangers can easily trip over or step on them. This is when using a dog stroller would be convenient.
When using a dog stroller, ensure your dog is safely secured by using the tie out available inside the carrier compartment. It’s best to attach the tie out to a dog’s harness and zip the top of the stroller closed to prevent your dog from jumping out.
Dogs that are uncomfortable around other dogs, people or new situations might bark at the sight of them. If this is the case for your dog, you can try using a visual barrier, such as a towel, to reduce barking behavior. However, if your dog is still anxious when riding in a stroller, it’s best to hold him instead.
Choosing a Dog Stroller
Most dog strollers are made of soft-sided material with see-through mesh. There are pet strollers that have solid sides as well, which would work as a visual barrier for barking dogs. Tossing a towel over the mesh part will also prevent your dog from peeking out and barking too.
Taller dog strollers, that resemble human baby strollers, seem to work best for most people since pet owners don’t have to bend over excessively. Plus, taller strollers will prevent strangers from bumping into your dog and keep other dogs from walking up to your dog. Whichever stroller you choose, they remain level at all times unlike when you’re transporting your dog in a crate or carrier.
Best Place to Use Dog Strollers
Use a dog stroller anytime a small dog needs to be transported. Visiting the vet’s office is the best place to use this tool because it keeps small dogs safely contained until they’re at the vet exam. When bringing two or more small dogs to a vet’s office, it’s probably best to separate them into two different strollers. If that’s not possible, hold one dog and leave your other dog in the stroller. Dogs should feel relaxed and safe while contained in a stroller. It’s best to keep plenty of distance between your dog and other dogs at all times even when using a pet stroller.