Tips to consider before purchasing a Dog Buggy Stroller
You might have been that pet parent that used to be motivated by your dogs excited jumps ready for a walk and now they can’t anymore and you can’t be bothered. If you enjoy the outdoors or shopping and leisurely walks, you no longer need to leave your furry baby at home. You can stroll down the street with your pooch and plenty of room for storing shopping and doggie treats.
There are some seriously stylish pet stroller models on the market now, so you are spoiled for choice. As with all our quality product ranges at Pets Own Us, durability and value for money always trumps. Here we look at some frequently asked questions when it comes to buying a pet stroller
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Size & ComfortThe stroller must accommodate your pet’s weight or if you have two their combined weight. View our dog sizing guide. Check the dimensions of the carrier. He or she should be able to sit, turn and lie down comfortably. If you have a puppy, take his adult weight into consideration.
Is the carrier padded?Most pet strollers come with a mattress fitted into the carrier. You may need to bring a pillow or doggies favorite blanket for elderly dogs that suffer from arthritis or hip joint issues for more comfort.
Is the top collapsible convertible style, mesh non zipper vs. zipper?The dome or top of the stroller is what ultimately allows your dog and you to feel safe. Most are adjustable. It is very handy to zip up in crowded areas but still allows your dog to peer out. Generally speaking non mesh zippers last longer and have a framed folding system that allows you to adjust the dome with more flexibility according to weather and environmental conditions. Whilst out n about, your dog should be able to see outside but still be protected in a well ventilated carrier base when necessary from rain and sun as well as have adjustable open dome for social interactions with people or animal watching depending on his or her temperament
Is there a step for your elderly or injured dog to get into the stroller?The last thing you want is for your dog to hurt themselves jumping into the stroller. A step or a low riding stroller may be a better option to help minimize any further damage to injury.
If you have a puppy you can easily train him or her to enjoy and obey your instructions during outings from the start. You should always have a leash with you as well that could allow you to secure your dog in the stroller or to connect to the stroller handle while your dog walks or runs beside you.
View an editors choice comparison of the best dog strollers based on your breed and the carriage size.
For YouAre you a wanderer, walker, jogger or cyclist? Will you use the dog stroller for every day errands, exercise or perhaps you are taking your pooch on holiday with you?
Sturdy enough for the terrain?The type of tyres and whether or not the pet stroller has suspension will determine what terrain it can handle. Don’t choose wheels that are too small if you are going to be using it on uneven ground, grass, gravel or on off road trails. Choose a pet stroller with 3 tyres and suspension for balance, comfort and stability. Front wheels that rotate at 360 degrees but also have an option to lock are great for joggers who can lock the front wheel to keep the stroller on track as they run. The same applies for hiking in the UK with a dog stroller.
Air filled tyres VS EFA foam tryes?EFA foam tyres are lightweight and low maintenance. They are typically puncture proof up to the weight limit however they provide less traction than air filled tyres. Air tyres weigh a bit more, have excellent traction for rough terrain. However they are not puncture proof and can lose air, so you may need pump them up from time to time.
Is the handle adjustable?An adjustable handle bar will ensure you can adjust it to your height as you walk so that you do not strain your back or kick the stroller if you are jogging.
It is light weight and easily folded for storage?Check the dimension of the stroller when folded. Most quality pet strollers have a one handed folding system similar to baby strollers and are light weight but they can take up space in a car. If you are traveling in the car with your dog and the stroller, you will also need a safety harness that works with the seat belts to secure your dog in the event of an accident.
Are you a cyclist?Pet strollers that convert into a bike trailer with a rod connector are a great way to take your dog for a ride literally. They double up as a pet stroller which is very handy for other excursions. The tips mentioned above when making a choice for a bike trailer would also apply.
Even though we strongly advocate exercise for dogs, in some situations they may be elderly suffering from joint pain, recovering from injury or not up for a whole days outing. Pet strollers give you the option not to have to leave your beloved pet at home. It also saves you the strain of carrying your dog in a pet carrier and the joy of how much doggies love the whole experience pretty much seals the deal
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