Pet Gear NV No-Zip Pet Stroller
My favorite has no zippers to get caught or break
Be prepared for some nasty looks from passerbys if you're pushing a dog in a stroller. Yes, there are overindulgent people who create neurotic dogs by overprotecting them. Even worse, canine obesity is a national problem and 99% of all dogs need daily walks for their physical and mental health.
There are, however, sensible reasons and times to use a stroller.
- You're taking your dog to a crowded event and want to have your hands free and avoid straining your back
- You're taking your dog with you while you jog or run and your dog is too small or frail to keep up with you
- Your dog is disabled or elderly and tires easily on walks
- You're training or socializing a fearful rescue dog and aren't certain how he will react to strange people and animals
- Your dog is recovering from surgery or illness and tires easily on walks
- You have two or more dogs and can put the dog(s) who tire out in the stroller while you finish walking the other
- Your dog is completely enclosed and not visible if you have a cover so you can take him places a dog is not usually welcome (don't try to take him in a food establishment though)
You don't owe strangers any explanation, so press on when it makes sense.
Below are three different styles and one inexpensive choice. For a wide range of strollers, take a look here: Small Dog Strollers
I needed help to assemble this out of the box but once assembled, it seemed to be the perfect stroller.
Here are the things I like about it:
- Sturdy and well made - you won't feel it could tip over at any moment the way cheaper models do
- Easy to push even on grass
- Easy to turn - both front wheels swivel, but there's also a lock so the stroller will stay in place
- Has a seat belt where you can attach a harness
- No zippers to catch things or break. It uses metal clasp to close the top.
- Good height for me - comes up to my waist - so I don't have to bend over
- Bottom basket can hold doggy bags and other gear
- Folds up in a nice compact unit that I could easily fit in my car
- Had no problem carrying both a Toy Poodle and Chihuahua. Although the advertising says it will hold a 45-lb dog, I wouldn't use it for a dog over 30-lb
Here's what I didn't like:
- Assembly was not easy for me (but I am not a handy person) and took about 10 minutes. Once assembled, it is easy to fold and unfold.
If you buy this one, review the
video below on how to put it together: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81FY2sKRwBA
A cute one if you want the traditional baby buggy style.
This weighs only 14-lb but could hold a dog up to 20-lb.
3 in 1 means the carrier is removable so you can carry it using the handles or secure it around a vehicle bucket seat for a car trip.
It has some nice features:
- Parking brake so you can stop for breaks
- Safety belt where you can attach a harness
- Double front wheels equipped with a 360-degree turning radius
- Mesh panels for easy ventilation
- Removable snack tray and dual cup holders
- Folds for easy transport and storage
- Washable padding
Major downside is that assembly is required and it's quite a job especially if you're not handy.
This product is not the quality of the Pet Gear stroller above, but this style may be more appealing to some pet owners.
This is a good alternative for road warriors who want to take their small dog with them.
The benefits of this style:
- Excellent for airline carry on travel (check airline restrictions before purchase)
- 3 mesh sides for your dog to look out
- Packs and ships flat for easy storage
- Multiple storage pockets
- Inner leash clip
- Micro fiber cleans easily
- Telescoping handle
- Can also be folded into a bed
This is one I'd recommend for people who want to take their dog with them by air or train and use occasionally for walks.
Get the medium or large size as the small would only fit a tiny puppy.
This is a nice choice for temporary use if you have an injured dog or one recovering from a surgery or illness. Should hold a dog up to 20-lb with no problem.
It's not great quality, but it serves its purpose. The most annoying problem is that the wheels can be difficult to maneuver when compared to the styles above (think, annoying grocery cart).
I think the 3 wheel style is easier to maneuver but it's a matter of personal preference.
Some of the good things about this one:
- Opens and folds quickly
- Comes with storage basket and cup holders
- Dogs can enter front or rear
- Mesh window keeps bugs out