We can’t stress this enough – measure your dog before purchasing. Dogs vary in size nearly as much as humans do, and a stroller that claims to serve a specific weight may not be right for your dog’s size.
Case in point: the claims to support pets up to 100 lbs., and it does an amazing job with mid-size dogs such as Shelties and Australian Shepherds, which weigh between 30 and 50 lbs. However, a Great Pyrenees, which weighs in at 100 lbs., is a bit large for the stroller. The stroller supports the weight, but the dog is a little long for this vehicle.
Consider whether your dog will lie down. A stroller that can handle his/her height might be too short for those times the pup is taking a rest.
Again, measure your dog, both sitting up and lying down. Do not purchase based on carry capacity (weight) alone.
Along with size/weight requirements, you’ll need to decide how a stroller will fit your lifestyle. Do you want to take leisurely strolls around the park, or do you want to power jog with your pup along for the ride? Not all strollers can handle jogging. Strollers with plastic wheels are prone to vibration when pushed at higher speeds, whereas rubber wheels, larger wheels, or strollers with front-suspension, can handle more activity.
For example, the features 12” air-filled tires which provide a smoother ride over various terrains. The larger wheels, plus the air-filled rubber tires are what make this stroller a jogger’s dream. The front tire can be locked into place which also helps accommodate rough terrain and/or faster speeds.
A third point to consider when choosing a pet stroller is your physical capability. How much are you willing (or able) to carry? If you take your pet on the subway or if you are an apartment dweller, stairs might be an obstacle. If you suffer from arthritis or have other hand/muscle issues, the weight of the stroller will be critical to your enjoyment. And if you plan to transport the stroller by car or SUV, consider how much weight you’re able to lift.
Many strollers weigh in at a mere 10-12 pounds (the
Trails Lite Pet Stroller weighs 11.5 lbs) whereas strollers for larger dogs can weigh as much as 35 pounds or more (see
Stroller and Trailer w/Hitch, which weighs 37 pounds).
Analyze the climate and terrain where you plan to walk. Rough terrain requires a sturdier stroller than smooth terrain like sidewalks or streets.
How many dogs will you be taking? If you have small dogs, a larger stroller will be a necessity to give them the room they need to sit, stand and turn around when the stroller cover is closed.
- Don’t assume your dog is going to like the stroller. Avoid putting him/her into it and then taking off on a walk. Instead, assemble the stroller and leave it where your dog can sniff and get acquainted with it at his/her leisure.
- Place the pup(s) in the stroller and wheel it around your house/apartment to acquaint them further.
You may have thought you’d never be one of those pet owners who would push their dog in a stroller; but when illness or joint issues strike, that shouldn’t mean an instant prison sentence for your beloved pet. Or if your pint-sized pup can’t keep up with your long-stretch exercises, using a stroller is the best solution. No need to let your pooped pup shorten your exercise routine.
Strollers are the perfect means for keeping your furry best friend close by your side on outings when he can’t do it himself!