Dog strollers are often seen as a great item of convenience and a brilliant way for owners to transport their aged, tired dogs around town. It is easy to focus on the comfort of the ride, the features included and the ease of use for the owner. One factor that can be overlooked is the security of the dog during transportation.
The enclosure of the dog stroller needs to be secure enough that the animal wont be put at risk during the walk
This idea of a secure enclosure means a space where they can lie or sit down in the cushioned area with no risk of injury or discomfort. A canvas enclosure also means that dogs can’t start climbing out during the walk – this can be a problem with able bodied dogs on a break, or puppies that aren’t allowed out into the park yet. Some models have a built-in leash to restrain the animal, but some owners are not so sure about this approach. The other important feature with this enclosure is the use of materials. A strong canvas is important to provide a secure environment away from the wind and rain. At the same time, there should be plenty of breathable mesh to use as a viewing area and a means of ventilation.
Then there is the security of the dog when getting in and out of the stroller
Small dogs can be lifted in and out of these enclosures with ease, so it doesn’t really matter where those enclosures are placed within the frame. However, it can be a problem for some dog owners to lift heavier animals into strollers that are too high off the ground. Bigger dogs can climb into a low-riding enclosure, but there could still be some issue for those with joint problems.
A mobility ramp could be of use here if the dog is trained to use it and comfortable to do so. Beware of animals jumping into these enclosures in anticipation of a walk – especially over-eager puppies. Supervise their use of the stroller to make sure they don’t get caught up with the materials and fastenings. Also, remember to put the brakes on the wheels when stationary to make the stroller a little more secure.
This issue with the brakes leads to other concerns about the security of the frame
Finally, you need to make sure that your stroller is reliable, secure and able to take the weight and strain placed upon it. Never put a dog in a model designed for a smaller breed and smaller weight allowance. On a related note, be careful with models that fold-down for storage in the back of the car. You need to make sure that everything is locked in to place and wont buckle or collapse when the dog gets in.
While there are some understandable concerns about the security and welfare of dogs using a pet stroller, it is clear that many designers have thought ahead. There is enough variation in the models and enough features in place to ensure that all dogs can enter and leave the stroller with ease and enjoy a safe, secure and comfortable ride.
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