Everything You Need to Know About Dog Carriers

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Introduction

A lot of pooches don’t like being carried, but many of them would prefer it to being left at home! Not only that, but dog carriers can be essential when taking your pup on public transport. In New York, for example, pooches can take the subway only when in carriers -- leading to the amusing sight of commuters traveling with Great Danes strapped to their backs!

There’s a difference between dog carriers and crates. Dog carriers are generally smaller, and just used for transport, whereas your dog can be left in a crate. However, carriers can be ideal for a quick bus trip to the dog park or vet!

Bike Baskets

There’s nothing more adorable than the sight of a pooch poking their head out of a bike basket, but how do you make sure yours is safe? Don’t worry -- there are bike baskets on the market that are specifically designed to keep your buddy comfortable and secure. Like the backpack, a good bike basket should be properly ventilated, and should also come with a safety leash to restrain your pup.

Body Carriers

It’s hard to beat a body carrier or dog sling when it comes to comfort. Keeping your buddy close to your buddy is a grrr-eat way to take their weight off your shoulders. It can also be a calming experience  -- constant contact is a great way to soothe your pup on a scary trip to a new place or the vet. Make sure that whatever fabric you choose is breathable!

Collapsible Carriers

Make no bones about it, collapsible crates are grrr-eat for travel! Once you and your pooch reach your destination, a collapsible carrier can fold right up into your suitcase. Some look like tote bags, whereas others have a crate-like appearance. A good collapsible carrier should be soft but durable, the right size for your pet, and of course, well-ventilated. Padding is also essential for long journeys.

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Backpacks

While smaller doggos might look super cute being carried in a stylish purse, a backpack is often a better fit for both you and your pooch. Their weight will be distributed across your back, and backpacks usually offer a little more freedom of movement for your pupper. The right backpack should fit your dog’s size, have zips that can be opened only from the outside, and be properly ventilated.

Strollers

A stroller can be of serious benefit to older fur-iends or injured puppers. If your dog is on the smaller side, their little legs might get tired after a long day of walking. (However, if your bigger buddy falls into the former category, strollers for larger dogs do exist!) And if you live in a hotter climate, you might not want to expose your pooch’s paws to the summer asphalt.