When we look for a new stroller for a dog in need, there is a basic checklist in mind of the general features. We need to know the capacity of the enclosure, the weight and nature of the frame, the type of wheels, the style of canopy, the means of entry and the use of storage. That is about it for the construction and function of the stroller itself. The dog has to fit, be comfortable and be protected. However, there are some additional considerations to make to ensure that your pet has an even better experience.What could you do to make this new stroller even more comfortable?
The first issue here is the comfort of the dog on these long rides. Most stroller makers do all they can to ensure that there enclosure areas are well padded with enough suspension at the wheels for a smooth ride. However, it can be harder for some dogs to get comfortable that others. Animals with joint problems may benefit from an additional memory foam pad for a softer surface. A few models come with this, but not any. Smaller breeds may like to have extra cushioning and blankets in a stroller if it still seems a little big.
The health and safety of the dog is essential on these journeys, and this is why owners take so long considering the security of the animals. In addition to the zippered enclosure there are some models that have a leash holder so that the dog can be restrained as needed. Therefore, you need a secure leash for the job. If this seems uncomfortable and unsafe, then be sure to stick with a model with a full enclosure and a secure mechanism.
Then there is the chance to add other items to keep the dog happy and healthy on the journey
One of the other wonderful things about these strollers is that they provide storage space for everything that owners require. Some makers highlight the “parent tray” with the cup holder and key tray. Some have a separate drinks holder for a doggy water bottle, so make the most of it and get a dog friendly bottle (one that is chew-resistant) and a collapsible water bowl to keep in the storage basket. On a slightly related note, there will be some older animals using this pet stroller that have issues controlling their bladders. There is the chance of an accident on the ride back home, so a waterproof lining or an incontinence pad for the enclosure may be worth while.
In the end, it is all about making sure that our animals get the best possible experience from their ride in these dog strollers
The basic models can only do so much to cater for an individual pup’s needs. Find one that has the right capacity and specification and continue to adapt it to suit your animal’s needs as necessary. Make it as comfortable as possible with blankets, cushions and pads, add in fun toys and food and drinks and make it secure with leashes. Your pet will have a better experience and you can achieve greater peace of mind that you have the best possible set-up in place for their personal needs.