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Pet parents love to bring their dogs along with them wherever they go. But some things — like mobility issues, age, and little legs — can make it hard for them to comfortably tag along. Enter the dog stroller. These devices can help you take your furry friend out for a walk while making sure neither one of you get too tired along the way. The best dog strollers will come with a few special features (like plenty of space to bring along things like homemade dog treats and their favorite outdoor dog toys) but also be easy to transport and store while not in use.
The good news is that your dog isn’t the only one who can benefit from the use of a dog stroller. Many people may also appreciate having the ability to pop your pup into a wheeled device because it makes it easier to maneuver your dog through crowded city spaces while also protecting you from getting hurt while walking (there’s no worrying about getting yanked by an over-eager dog or having to keep up with a quick walking pup who wants to go go go).
Whether you’re looking for a way to help your dog enjoy an afternoon stroll or to make it easier for you to keep up with your dog’s daily walks, a dog stroller may be just the thing you’re looking for.
Promenade Pet Stroller
This Gen7Pets stroller combines many of the best features in other stroller categories to earn its spot as our best overall pick. It accommodates up to 50 pounds of weight, has a roomy basket, works well in all terrains, and includes several safety features such as tethers, rear-wheel breaks, and shock absorbers. Nearly 90% of Chewy customers gave a 5-star review, so there truly isn't much negative to say, aside from the difficulty some customers had with replacing broken parts.
Rover Run Performance Jogging Sports Stroller
Take your pooch along for your daily run using this jogging stroller. The HPZ model has three wheels and an aerodynamic design to make it easier for you to squeeze in a run while your dog relaxes in style. The front opening flips down so that your dog can enter and exit on their own, making it easy for the two of you to hit the road.
P2 Pet Stroller
This easy folding design allows you to take your pooch out for a stroll without having to worry about what you'll do when the stroller isn't in use. The removable canopy makes it easy to fit medium sized dogs and the cross shoulder carrying strap means you can easily switch between the stroller or the leash if your pup gets tired.
The Arcadia Trail Pet Wagon is a good option for people who have multiple dogs (or a single large dog who needs a bit of extra leg space) because of the open air top. Taller dogs won't feel claustrophobic under the canopy of a smaller stroller and multiple pets can come along for the ride without anyone stepping on anyone else's toes... er, we mean paws.
Each wagon also comes with two water dishes that fit into slots in the tailgate for those longer rides.
3-Wheel Pet Stroller
With a price tag under $30, this stroller is significantly cheaper than others on the market without skimping on quality. It offers several of the same amenities you love in your kids' strollers, including a cupholder in the handle, 360-rotating front wheels, and a large bin underneath the carriage for all of your pet's accessories. The main drawback reviewers noted was the lack of stability on uneven surfaces and rougher terrain, but otherwise this option is a stylish and functional choice.
4-Wheel Pet Stroller
The 1500+ 5-star reviews of this stroller are a testament to the many features it offers for small animals. It comes with a front step and a back zipper, so your pup can climb up, or you can load them in yourself. To keep your pet safe on hot days, it has a sun-protecting shade and large mesh panels for cooling air flow. It also offers safety features like rear break wheels to keep pets safe. While some customers had complaints about quality, the overall consensus is that this stroller is well worth it.
Double Pet Stroller
Two pets can get in on the action with this stroller, which is made with a double steel frame for added sturdiness. The front tires swivel 360 degrees for mobility, and large mesh panels give your furry friends lots of ventilation. Customers loved how easy assembly was, and how much their dogs enjoy riding in it together. The major downside is that it holds a maximum of 44 pounds, so this stroller works best for a pair of small dogs.
Jogger No-Zip Pet Stroller
Your dog never has to miss out on a jog with Pet Gear's stroller, which uses 12-inch tires, shock absorbers, and rear brakes to ensure a safe ride for your pet. Its waterproof liner makes for a simple cleaning process, and the no-zip feature means you can access your pet quickly. With 100+ 5-star reviews, customers had few cons to note aside from durability questions, and some problems with the functionality of the cup holders.
What to look for when shopping for a dog stroller
✔️ Weight Capacity: A good place to start when selecting a dog stroller is to consider how heavy your dog is, since each stroller will have its own weight limit. As K9 of Mine notes, most strollers are equipped to accommodate small dogs, however there are a few exceptions available for larger animals.
✔️ Size: Though they sound similar, size and weight are two different considerations when shopping for a stroller. Dog Parenting 101 warns against neglecting this aspect, since it’s possible that a stroller can accommodate a dog’s weight, but not their size. To measure your pet, the blog suggests measuring them from nose to tail, and then by width, and comparing them to the stroller’s interior dimensions. If they’re too close in size, it’s always better to size up, so your dog has plenty of space to stretch out and get comfortable.
✔️ Safety Features: K9 of Mine points out that there are several pet stroller safety features to keep an eye out for. These include hand brakes, which will ensure your dog doesn’t roll away if you get distracted for a moment. Other strollers come with safety belts, which are useful for dogs who are new to strollers and have a tendency to jump.
✔️ Bonus Features: Finally, since this is a product you’d like to get a lot of use out of, there’s nothing wrong with incorporating fun add-ons into your decision making. Some features available in popular strollers include cup holders, storage for personal items, and quick-folding mechanisms for the ease of packing it away or taking it on a trip.
Why use a dog stroller? All dogs love getting a chance to go outside and see (and smell) new and exciting things but not all dogs have the same abilities when it comes to motility. Some smaller dogs may tire easily while older dogs may feel pain or discomfort thanks to arthritis or other ailments. A dog stroller allows them the chance to take in the great outdoors without overexerting themselves... or worse.
Are strollers just for walks? Your dog stroller can actually pull double (or triple) duty. You can use it to transport your pup to and from the vet or groomers and even take them along for the ride while you hit the shops.
How do I get my dog comfortable in the stroller? Just like anything new, you'll likely need to practice a bit with your pooch before you're both feeling completely comfortable using the stroller. We recommend using the stroller indoors at first. Pick a time when both you and your pet are well rested and feeling up to trying something new. Start slow and let them investigate things on their own for a while and then work up to the idea of securing them into the stroller. Once they seem comfortable you'll be ready for your first test drive.
Why can't I use a regular stroller? If you have a stroller that your child has outgrown you may be tempted to save a few bucks and repurpose that into a sweet new ride for Fido. However, it's important to remember that dogs and small children have different needs when it comes to comfort and safety, and a child's stroller isn't designed for use with a dog. Dogs need a sturdy flat surface and either an enclosure or a spot to tether their leash to keep them from getting loose.
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