10 Tips for Choosing the Best Dog Stroller for Small Dogs
Are you wanting to spend time walking or running with your small dog? Does it have trouble keeping up with you? One of the many dog strollers for small dogs available on the market today may be just the answer to being able to take your dog on your walks.
Most dogs will struggle to maintain pace with their owners in order to please them. Owners need to be aware that small dogs often tire very quickly, can easily become dehydrated, and even injure themselves trying to keep up. Putting your dog in a stroller will give you the opportunity to spend more time outdoors with your dog without pushing him to his physical limits.
1. Maximum Pet Weight: Dog strollers should be chosen by the maximum weight recommended by the manufacturer. If your pup is at the top of the weight range, move to the next larger size. You will find these listings as “up to 12 lbs, up to 20 lbs” and so on all the way up to 50 lbs.
2. Safety: Safety is very important. You do not want your dog to be able to jump out of the stroller. Make sure that the carrier part of the stroller has a clip that attaches to your dog’s collar. This should be long enough for movement but not so long that your dog can get part way out.
3. Ventilation: Ventilation is important for your dog’s health. You do not want your pooch to suffer from heat exhaustion. Make sure that the stroller you choose has open sides and top. This is usually a mesh fabric which allows for good airflow. Plus, your dog will be able to see what is going on.
4. Access: The stroller you choose should have an easy access to loading and unloading your dog. You do not want to have to struggle with this, as your dog may get impatient and bolt.
5. Wheel Size: Although there is little variation in the size of wheels on dog strollers for small dogs, a little larger size can create a smoother ride with less resistance.
6. Brakes: Rear brakes on the wheels will keep your stroller from running away from you should you stop for a moment. Your dog’s movement could easily get the stroller rolling if there are no brakes.
7. Easy to Clean: A stroller that is easy to clean is a must. Let’s face it, dogs are dogs and they often have accidents. Choose a stroller with a removable pad or tray that is easy to clean.
8. Storage: Storage is nice when pushing a stroller. Some have storage under the carrier, some have storage hanging from the handle, some have trays with water cups. Decide what you will be taking with you and choose accordingly.
9. Weight of Stroller: A heavy, bulky stroller may be difficult to fold. If you are going to be taking the stroller in your trunk or storing it at home, you will want one that is lightweight and easy to fold.
10. Flexibility: The small dog strollers for small dogs often can be used three ways. First, as a stroller, second, by removing the carrier and adding straps to carry your dog, and third as a car seat with a loop that attaches to the seatbelt. Some even fit under the seat in an airplane.
You will find a variety of dog strollers for small dogs by clicking on the tabs above. This site has strollers for dogs up to 12 lbs, dogs up to 15 lbs, and dogs up to 20 lbs.
If your dog is larger than 20 lbs, you will find a nice selection of dog strollers for larger dogs at TSC.