Doggy Prams can be a convenient and practical solution for various situations, long walks, outings, or when your furry friend needs some rest during outdoor adventures. However, getting your dog to feel comfortable and at ease inside a pram might require some patience and training. This guide will offer you a few tips on the process of introducing and training your dog to use their pram successfully. To ensure a smooth and successful transition, it is important to start the introduction process gradually. Allowing your dog to explore the stroller in a familiar environment, preferably indoors or in your backyard. This will help them become familiar with the new ‘thing’ without feeling overwhelmed. If your dog is generally nervous or anxious it can take some time, however once they feel safe, they will love their chariot.
Choose the Right Doggy Pram
Before you begin training, it's essential to select a Doggy Pram that suits your dog's size, comfort, and safety requirements. Consider factors such as the stroller's size, weight capacity, wheel quality, manoeuvrability, and stability. Make sure the stroller has secure fastenings, proper ventilation, and a comfortable interior. Ensure you get the perfect fit for your furry friend.Read more on how to choose the right doggy pram for your breed.
Familiarize Your Dog with the Pram
Start by introducing the pram to your dog in a neutral and positive manner. Place the stroller in an open area and allow your dog to investigate it at their own pace. Leave the stroller open and allow your dog to have a good sniff and investigate. You can also place some treats or their favorite toys inside the stroller to create positive associations.
Associate Positive Experiences: Gradually create positive associations with the pram by using treats, praise, and rewards. Encourage your dog to approach the stroller and offer treats when they show curiosity or interact with it. Repeat this process over multiple sessions until your dog starts associating the stroller with positive experiences.
Next, begin introducing your dog to the pram by taking them on short walks in it around the house or in a familiar and quiet outdoor area. This will help them get used to the movement and feel of the doggy pram.
Step-by-Step Doggy Pram Training
To help your dog feel comfortable inside the cabin, begin with short training sessions. Start by placing your dog inside the pram without closing it, allowing them to familiarize themselves with the space. Place one of their favourite toys or blankies inside the cabin. Use treats, verbal praise, and gentle petting to reinforce positive behaviour. After your dog has become familiar with the pram cabin, gradually introduce closing the stroller for short periods of time. Hopefully all goes well and your doggy has a little snooze.
Once your dog becomes accustomed to being inside the pram, gradually close the enclosure while keeping the doggy pram stationary with the brakes engaged. Provide treats and praise to reassure your dog. Stay close and monitor their reaction, ensuring they remain calm and relaxed. If your dog becomes anxious or shows signs of distress, open the enclosure and try again later. Make sure to start this process only once your dog has become comfortable being inside the stroller without the pram cabin being closed.
Once your dog feels comfortable with the enclosed stroller, introduce gentle movements. Start by pushing the pram a short distance, again offering treats and verbal praise throughout the process. Gradually increase the distance and duration of the walks, ensuring your dog remains at ease. Pay attention to your dog's body language and adjust the speed and distance according to their comfort level.
Consistency and Reinforcement
Consistency is key to successfully training your dog to use a pram. Maintain a positive and patient approach. Regularly use the pram during walks or outings, making it a routine part of your dog's outdoor experiences.
Always prioritize your dog's safety when using a pram. Ensure the stroller is properly secured and that your dog is comfortably harnessed or leashed inside. Avoid busy or crowded areas until your dog becomes fully acclimated to the stroller. Be mindful of weather conditions and never leave your dog unattended inside the stroller. To ensure the utmost safety of your dog, it is essential to prioritize their well-being when using a doggy pram.
Introducing your dog to a Doggy Pram may require time and patience, especially for nervous dogs. take it slow and enjoy the experience. Doggy prams can be a game changer for families and has many benefits for both you and your furry friend
Soon, you'll be able to embark on walks and outings with your happy dog in their chariot and mobile safe den.
Browse our collection of Doggy Prams
Too many options to choose from? Contact Us with any questions and we will send you recommendations based on your needs.