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 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 allow you 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 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.
Ensure 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 partway out.
Ventilation is important for your dog’s health. You do not want your pup to suffer from heat exhaustion. Make sure that the stroller you choose has open sides and a top. This is usually a mesh fabric that allows for good airflow. Plus, your dog will be able to see what is going on.
The stroller you choose should have 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.
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.
Storage is nice when pushing a stroller. Some have storage under the carrier, and 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 taking the stroller in your trunk or storing it at home, you will want one that is lightweight and easy to fold.
You can use a small dog stroller in three ways. First, like a stroller, second, remove the carrier and add 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.