Dog strollers have a number of potential uses and benefits for dog owners. There are many that will use these products as a way of pushing around older dogs that cannot walk so well any more. Elderly dogs still need to get out for some exercise, sunshine and fresh air, even if their abilities are limited. Then there are those that are looking to get a puppy dog stroller for new pups that are not quite old enough and big enough to venture out independently. These contrasting needs means that there are different requirements from a pet stroller and certain features and considerations to watch out for.
Considerations for a puppy dog stroller
Starting with the puppy strollers, you need to consider the shape of the basket area and the type of enclosure. If you have a puppy that is active and healthy, but simply unable to walk the full distance to the park, you need to be sure that the enclosure is secure. There are some models that are open for dogs to see out into the world more easily, but they may encourage puppies to climb around or jump out. The other benefit of a secure enclosure is that there is protection from the elements. You need to be sure that your tiny pup can maintain the right temperature with a retractable canopy for hotter days and a secure zipper for wet, windy ones. Also, as this is likely to be a temporary option as the puppy grows, there is no need to opt for some of the more expensive model. A low-cost stroller should offer the same basic features and protection at a good price.
Considerations for pet strollers for elderly dogs
The same is not true for elderly dogs, however. Once you have decided that your dog is too old to continue the full walk and needs assistance, that stroller could be with them for the rest of their life. Therefore, a more expensive, well-made model with a few extra luxuries may be best. The comfort features of a dog stroller for elderly dogs are essential. These dogs need a place to feel secure and to rest their joints after a walk. This means padding and blankets, potentially with additional cushioning to pad out a stroller if the breed is particularly small. It may also be worth looking at a stroller with a waterproof, easy-clean pad on the bottom if these older dogs have any bladder issues.
Some features remain the same, no matter their age
Whether you are getting a dog stroller for a puppy or an elderly dog, there are still some important factors to keep in mind across the board. Firstly, you have to consider the capacity of the enclosure to make sure that it is a good fit – with puppy strollers, this can mean additional room to grow depending on how long it will be in use. Then there is the storage compartment. A secure, spacious area is important for all dogs because it can house food, treats, toys and anything else they may need. Finally, the pet stroller has to be easy to use as a dog owner, with an ergonomic handle, good steering and simple fastening. If your chosen dog stroller ticks all of these relevant boxes, it should prove to be a great asset for your dog’s needs – puppy or elderly.