21 Reasons to Buy a Pet Stroller

In this post about 21 reasons to buy a pet stroller, I am going to talk about all the ways one can come in handy.

I must admit when I first saw a dog in a stroller I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever seen, then I quickly thought it was the cleverest thing I had ever seen. So I bought one!

When I take my senior dog Red out in her stroller I always get tons of looks, and comments. At first it was a bit uncomfortable, being such a focus of attention, but then my husband so rightly pointed out to me that I was Red in her strollerhelping a lot of people by being out and about with it! Because dog strollers are not that well known, as least not where I live, many people have told me they thought it was a brilliant idea and could use one for their dog.

Hubby was right! I believe that many more dogs will get out now then they would have, if their parents hadn’t seen me.

Because I am crazy about senior dogs, I automatically gravitate towards them, yet I have often commented about how few I actually encounter on my walks. If they are staying pretty close to home, seeing my stroller may spark the “ah ha” moment that gets more seniors out in the fresh air!!

Here are 21 reasons to buy a pet stroller

Senior dogs don’t need to get left behind

Senior dogs don’t have to get left out when the rest of the family are off for a day of fun. On weekends when the weather is nice, my husband and I like to go for a leisurely stroll along the beach, then to the field to let our dog Jack off the leash for a good run. Before I got the stroller I didn’t usually go, because although I do leave Red alone, I don’t like to do it too often. Now that I have the pet stroller, I load it up with all our supplies, stick her in it and off we go. She gets to come out with us, enjoy a few hours of sunshine, and she can walk at her own pace while Jack is off running at his.

 


Injured dogs

Injured dogs need fresh air too! Of course your number one priority is to do what you can to ensure your dog heals properly, but boredom and frustration aren’t healthy. Ask your vet if it would be safe to at least take him in a stroller for a change of scenery.  

Recovering from surgery

Same scenario as an injured dog really. Dogs get very bored without physical exercise or mental stimulation, so taking them out into the world, even if it’s just in a stroller, is a help. All with your vet’s approval of course!!

A quick update here, as things have changed since my original writing of this article. Six months after publishing, my dog Jack became paralyzed suddenly – it happened within a matter of hours. He was fine at 7:00am and by Jack could still get around in a pet stroller2:30pm his back legs were no longer working. Long story short he had spinal surgery and during his recovery we relied a lot on Red’s stroller. It wasn’t enough to just take him out to pee and poop, he needed to see his pals and have a change of scenery. 

With the approval of his neurologist I took him out for short periods in the stroller, and I saw the difference it made when he was able to be outside. 

Easier than a carrier to transport pets

If you’re going to the vet, or need to transport your dog (or more than one pet) for any number of reasons, a stroller is easier than using a pet carrier. Carriers can be awkward to carry, never mind heavy even with the smallest animal inside. If you have any kind of physical limitations that prevent you from lifting heavy objects, than a stroller is the way to go.   

Longer outings with your small dog

We all know there are plenty of small dogs who can walk for what seems like hours, without getting tired. If this is not your small dog, than a stroller is a good option.

A stroller is the perfect compromise for those times when you would like to take your dog for a day out, but you know he (or she) won’t have the stamina! Let your dog walk as much as he wants or is able to, then hop in when reasons why you need a pet strollerhe needs a break.

Our dog Jack has lots of energy, but after a couple of hours of walking and running, he fades about halfway home. He hops in the stroller with Red, takes a short break to recharge, then lets us know when his second wind kicks in and he’s ready to carry on walking.

Visits to the vet

Do you live within walking distance of your vet? Would you, at times, like to be able to get that nice long walk in, but it’s a bit out of range for your dog? Get your dog, get your stroller, put your sneakers on, and start walking. When it’s too much for the dog, time to start pushing.

My old favourite vet (I don’t mean “age”) had his practice in another city, but because he was so great, I would go wherever he was. Getting there by car was hellish, so the best and quickest way was public transport. It involved a bus, a ferry, another bus, then a 15 minute walk over a very long, steep bridge. I used to carry Red which was more than backbreaking, but once I got the stroller, going to the vet was a breeze – the weight was literally lifted off of me and made things so much easier.

Events or large gatherings

dog strollers for safety in a crowdWhether you’re going to a festival, air show or any other type of outdoor event, a stroller is not only convenient, it may also be the best safety tool.  Even if your dog is able to cope in large, noisy crowds, there is a real risk of injury, no matter what size he is. He could easily get stepped on, or if he’s feeling anxious, react and bite someone.

Unless he’s wearing a harness, the commotion could cause him to slip out of his collar, and run off.

Large crowds and festivals also mean plenty of spilled drinks, dropped fries and other harmful foods on the ground, enough for your dog to have a field day, and get quite ill. It’s too risky, especially if he has dietary restrictions.  

No more excuses not to exercise!

Walk at the pace you want until your dog is too tired, then treat him to a ride, without you having to put an early end to your workout.

I admit I’m lazy when it comes to exercise, but a couple of times I did put Red in her stroller, and went walking at a nice pace – faster than I could do with my other dog who has to sniff every blade of grass growing. I even noticed I was able to keep up a quicker pace just by having the stroller to lean on, than if I were walking without it.

One slow dog/one fast dog or one big dog and one small dog

For all of us who have more than one dog… how often do you have dogs that walk at the same pace? I never do that’s for sure. This is another scenario that has “pet stroller” written all over it. Let them walk together as long as they can, when one is running out of steam, let him recharge in the stroller, without your other dog’s walk being compromised.

Access to “restricted” places

There are shops where dogs are welcome, and others that will allow you to bring a dog in if you carry him. I don’t know if you’ve tried it, but even carrying a small dog while looking at clothes, or trying on shoes without letting a pet stroller makes shopping with the dogs so much easiertheir feet touch the ground, is no easy task.

I was with my dog Red in a store not long ago, one that grudgingly lets you in if you carry the dog. I put her down on the floor for literally seconds until I took off the shoes I was trying on, and no sooner did her little paws touch linoleum the security guard was standing over me, telling me I had to pick her up.

Imagine that same scenario if I had the stroller with me!

Charity fun run

Fun runs and charity events are most often organised with the whole family in mind, and of course that means including your dog (or cat if he or she is that laid back!!). These events last several hours, and rather than rushing home because you left the dog alone, bring him.

In the past you hesitated because you knew crowds and noise would get to him, but now that you’ve discovered the many uses of the pet stroller, he can join in too! You can even put the sunshade down, and zip the mesh screen around the top of the stroller for some quiet space – creating a mobile den for him!

For people who live in extremely congested areas

If you live right in the heart of an extremely busy city (picture London on a Saturday in the summer, or any day really, or the crazy busy streets of Manhattan), it can be challenging to walk your dog, particularly if you have a small one. With so much pedestrian traffic he can get hurt, especially if people don’t see him. Not a difficult scenario to imagine given how wrapped up people get in themselves, they have no clue what’s going on around them. Your dog may get so nervous in that situation, he may develop anxiety and avoid going out altogether.

Of course a harness sounds like a very good idea in this type of environment, but a stroller sounds even better. Use it until you get to the park or a nice quiet area, then let him walk, and use it again when you reach the busy streets. 

Traveling on a ferry or boat

Some dogs don’t like the feel of the gangway or dock surface, and short of dragging them (which you should never do by the way!!), you either carry them or use a stroller to easily transport them on and off the ferry. Keeping him confined in the stroller during the trip is probably a safe thing to do as well. If it’s a new experience he may feel Jack in the stroller on the ferryanxious or overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and goings on. Keeping him in the stroller will make it a more pleasant voyage for everyone, and give him a feeling of security.    

Transporting foster puppies (or even kittens)

If you foster puppies or kittens and are back and forth to the vet or shelter, you know how heavy a carrier can get. Imagine how much easier it would be to wheel them around in a stroller.

Many years ago I was fostering 3 kittens that weren’t able to eat on their own, even though I was told they could before I took them!! Anyway, since they had to be bottle fed and I still had to go to work, I would take them in a crate, and all their supplies with me to work, and leave them in my boss’s office. Luckily she was an animal lover, and away so that was handy. I didn’t have a stroller at the time, but I know how much easier it would have been to transport them that way. 

Multi dog households

Of course the stroller cannot, and should not, replace proper scheduled walks. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest… At times you’re headed straight to the dog park, and it’s a bit of a nightmare trying to get them there because they’re all going in different directions, sticking one or all of them in a stroller and wheeling them to the park may come in handy.

I should add that some leash training, done with each dog individually, may be in order. Ideally you should be able to walk your dogs, nicely, to the dog park, but who lives in an ideal world!!

More quality time for you and your pup

Having the option of putting your dog in a stroller, means you can bring him more places with you. Locations that may not normally allow dogs, may welcome a well behaved one, sitting quietly in a stroller.

Take your dog to work day

Does your workplace ever have a “take your dog to work day” or are you fortunate enough to run your own business and make the rules? Whatever scenario is your situation, having a stroller gives your dog a little den to rest in. It’s easier than dragging beds and blankets with you, just throw a blanket in the stroller to give it some extra padding and you have a ready made rest area.

Use it while visiting friends and family

If you’re visiting friends or family, especially if they have small children that are starting to annoy your dog, the stroller will serve as a nice little escape. Then if you all decide to go out your dog can walk as much as he is able, so many reasons why you need a pet strollerthen be wheeled the rest of the way.  

Paw protection

Burning hot concrete around the pool – we’ve all experienced that pain! The same thing can happen to your dog’s paws, if you are in a particularly hot climate.  What about salt on the sidewalks? I know Red cannot walk on salt for anything. Depending on the amount of snow on the ground, and the type of stroller you buy, it may be a great solution. 

Evacuation in case of emergency

Whatever the emergency, if you find yourself in a situation where you have to evacuate, putting your dog in a stroller may be the safest way to transport him. This eliminates having to keep looking to make sure he’s with you and hasn’t gotten out of his collar because of the commotion. Your stroller should come with a clasp that hooks onto your dog’s collar or harness, for added security.

If your stroller comes with a mesh panel attached to the sunshade, lower it and zip it all the way around so it’s secured to the stroller, and your dog cannot jump out if he gets scared.  

Shade from the sun

For those of us who have spent any time living in tropical or semi tropical climates, we know the rules about taking our dogs out early morning, and later in the evening when it’s “cooler.” Heatstroke is no laughing matter, Jack using the pet stroller for shadeand too much time spent outside in extreme temperatures, can be dangerous. Taking your dog out in a stroller will allow him to get much needed exercise, but will also get him out of the sun if it gets to be too much.

21 reasons to buy a pet stroller – conclusion

Is this the first you’re hearing about pet strollers, or do you own one? In what ways has it made your life, or your dog’s life easier and better?

I hope these 21 reasons to buy a pet stroller has been an eye opener, and you have seen just how beneficial one can be.

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I am a dog trainer, pet care consultant, long time animal welfare advocate, and future director of The Saffy Pearson Retirement Home for Animals. I foster and adopt senior and special needs dogs, and advocate for shelter adoption of all animals, particularly older dogs and cats.

42 Comments

  1. Debra

    Hi Hindy, You give a tremendous amount of reasons to use a dog stroller and 21 reasons to buy to buy one. I nave thought about bringing my dog with me to a lot of place, mostly because he is too big.However there are a lot of older people who take their dogs everywhere. A dog stroller would solve off the problems while they are out and about, and at just about any event.

    I sure does make it easy to transport the too. What a great article. Are there any places that you have found that still won’t let you in even if you have your pet in an enclosed stroller

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hi Debra, I surprised myself when I came up with so many uses for a pet stroller. I’ve only taken my dog into a few places, but I never had my stroller with me. I tend to use the stroller when I want to take a long walk along the beach in the summer with my husband and other other dog. I always ask before I bring her in, but when they see her size and that I’m carrying her no one says anything. Actually there’s a big outdoor event coming up, so weather permitting we’re all going and I’ll be taking the stroller on the bus, on the train… It will also be safer for my other dog in gets the crowds are too big and he gets a little anxious.

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  2. Gary

    I love this website! I think way too many people forget that ageing in pets is just as tough for them as it is for humans. We really do need to take special care of them.
    A dog stroller is an excellent idea for a senior dog. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks Gary, glad you like it! I agree, I think many people just let older pets be, but forget that they can still go out for fresh air, need attention, grooming, mental stimulation. Everything younger dogs require, but adapted to their needs. I love the stroller I have, it does make things a lot easier. A small dog can still get heavy after carrying her for awhile.

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  3. Vic

    I must admit when I first read the title dog strollers, I pretty much didn’t see the 21 reasons to buy one. I was lost in What!? a dog stroller? Then i was like 21 reasons, hmmm that’s a lot of reasons.

    I would not have thought it reasonable to buy a dog stroller until I read through your reasoning, and now it makes perfect sense. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hi Vic, I know what you mean! I was shocked when I reached 21, who knew there were so many uses. I disagree with people who use a stroller to show their dogs off. Dogs need to walk, but in many circumstances it is definitely the right thing to do.

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  4. Kelly

    I remember seeing dogs in strollers years ago and through it was a funny thing to see. I now know and understand that many that use as it’s their only way to get around. Some of these dogs have mobility issues or sight issues, yet they still enjoy getting out and being part outdoors.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hi Kelly, I thought the same thing. I assumed it was just people spoiling their dogs, much like carrying them around or putting them in fancy bags. While that’s still true for some, now that I have a stroller I know it’s a lifesaver…helping arthritic or old dogs who can’t walk far, dogs recovering from surgery, or even to keep them safe in a crowd. You no longer have to leave your dog out of the family fun!

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  5. nichole

    They do have many uses… we have never used one, as we have all medium to large breed dogs who wouldn’t really like them much. Although Tut is getting older and he might learn to chill…. someday.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hi Nichole, they really are one of the best inventions for pets, things would be much more difficult for me if I didn’t have one. There are strollers advertised to accommodate dogs of up to 150 lbs so you never know… Hopefully you won’t have a need for one, at least not for a very long time!

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  6. Sonja

    All good reasons and a great post!

    … but we are just not there. I have a 3.5 pound, quiet and still young (6 years) little dude. Strollers just seem like way WAY too much hassle. Putting him in my “city bag” or his favourite sling bag (like when we did a Segway tour with him in Budapest or took the subway with him in Vienna… or his airline approved carrier for our flights…) is still, for me, the easiest thing.

    I just don’t see myself folding and unfolding the thing. I don’t see myself taking a stroller in and out of the car, plane, train… and it would never work for sailing. Not enough room to store one on! Maybe I am still just too minimalist…? or the time has not come for us yet.

    and there is a risk. The stroller can stop activity because of its convenience. As in, muscle is built when there is muscle fatigue right? So to push a bit (not a lot!) is a good thing. I see young dogs, dying to get out and MOVE and they are in the stroller instead. I know not everyone does this but I admit I do find myself muttering “let the poor dog walk” more often than I would like to.

    I do have a friend with a bigger pup (25-30 pounds) and he has a disability and it’s been great for him. It allows him to walk as long as he is able and wants to – but take breaks when he needs it. We went for a woodland stroll with him ands stroller and it was perfect for him.

    It’s just really not for us. We are too fast, too often moving and … yeah just no appeal. Not for now! But great post and those are a lot of good reasons. I see my carrying my 3.5 pounds of pup as part of my workout if need be. I don’t have any health issues so that is likely why.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hi Sonja, thanks for your comment. No, certainly doesn’t sound like it’s right for you. Folding and unfolding takes a couple of seconds, but I leave it open because I have to use it so often. It’s the greatest thing for legitimate uses, but I agree with you about stopping activity. It drives me crazy when I see people carrying or pushing dogs around because they think it’s cool. I also want to scream “let the dog walk.”

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  7. Amy Shojai

    What a well thought out post! Some of these I hadn’t considered and since I have a German Shepherd, it’s not something I can do for him. But…much of it applies to cats, too. *s*

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thank you Amy. I have seen strollers advertised for weights up to 150lbs, but based on reviews, it’s an exaggeration. Making strollers for big dogs such as yours who may have arthritis, or difficulty walking as much as they used to, means being able to include them in family outings.

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  8. Susan Friedland-Smith

    Wow! That’s a lot of reasons. I have seen these become more popular where I live in Southern California. I think I would look incredibly silly with my 100 pound Golden and 70 pound Doberman in a stroller for twins but they might really get a kick out of it. LOL!

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hi Susan, I wanted to come up with as many reasons as I could, to highlight just how helpful this product can be. I’d love to see a picture of that!

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  9. Amber

    They really are a quality of life saver for senior dogs. I will definitely keep this in mind for mine as he gets older and for when I can get into hospice care work. Great post!

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      You’re right about that Amber.’

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  10. Rachel

    All very great reasons to buy a stroller, especially the emergency one.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks Rachel.

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  11. Tonya Wilhelm

    Ya! Love love love pet strollers. Thanks for the great post and spreading the variety of ways a pet stroller is so helpful.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks Tonya. Ever since I got one and realised how many ways it has helped not only my dogs, but me as well, I want everyone to know how helpful it can be for their dog (or cat).

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  12. Tenacious Little Terrier

    Mr. N does not need one on a consistent basis (I’ve put him in one when we’re in really crowded areas) but I’m open to the idea of him having one when he loses mobility. I might add a disabled placard though!

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      They’re definitely a great safety measure for crowds, and I do like the idea of a disabled badge. Maybe I’ll look into making one for my stroller.

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  13. Cathy Armato

    These are all very valid reasons for getting a pet stroller! I may get one myself for my senior dog Phoebe one day.
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks Cathy. I’ll tell you the truth…once I got mine, I couldn’t understand why I waited so long.

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  14. Beth

    Those are great reasons to get a pet stroller. I admit I thought it was hilarious the first time I saw a dog in a stroller, but I think they can be pretty useful in a lot of situations.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Thanks Beth, and I felt the same way – actually I thought it was cruel not letting their dogs walk. Some people still use them because they treat their dogs like babies, but for dogs who need them they are the greatest creation.

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  15. Talent Hounds

    Some very good reasons- not sure if Kilo the Pug would enjoy but may test one. A lot of friends use for their small dogs at events- much safer.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      You might be surprised how much he enjoys it. They are perfect when you’re going to be in big crowds, definitely a great way to keep the dogs safe.

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  16. Dash Kitten

    I am having a lot of difficulty posting, but I hope this reaches you.

    I love the stroller idea, it has not taken off in NZ as they are a bit behind the times with some pet ideas but for seniors and disabled pets, they rock!

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I love the stroller idea as well, and they have been a big help when I want to take my old blind dog with me on outings. Now my other dog Jack has been recovering from spinal surgery, and it’s perfect for him as well. I live in England and I’ve seen maybe 2 in all the years I’ve been here. Enough people comment when they see me, so maybe they’ll catch on.

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  17. Valerie Desmet

    My dogs are a little bit too big to fit in a stroller, but it’s such a great idea if your dog is injured or just came out of surgery! I never thought about them that way!! Amy is only 3 years old and has HD, so I’m quite scared what the future might hold.. I’ll definitely keep this in mind!!

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hi Valerie, I don’t know how big your dogs are, but there are strollers that easily fit 80lb dogs. I’m sorry to hear that. What kind of treatment options have you been looking at? Has she been feeling the effects?

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  18. Malaika Fernandes

    A Friends dog is paralyzed waist downwards and i know only too well how much Twinkle enjoys her stroller rides

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I’m so glad to hear she still gets out and about, that’s the beauty of a stroller. Dogs don’t have to be stuck in the house, just because they have difficulty, or are unable to walk.

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  19. Sweet Purrfections

    I’ve never thought about a stroller for dogs, but these reasons help to clarify. I’ve thought about a stroller for the girls.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      I never thought about it either, until a few years ago. All I can say is I wish I had bought one sooner. The greatest product that has helped me so much with my dogs.

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  20. Morgan Cave

    Such a wonderful article. I have a 13 yr old Yorkie who I recently had to purchase a pet stroller for even though we both did not want it. It was the realization of aging and the Vet insisted this is the best thing I could do. He had a torn ACL and also rotating Patella which is common for his breed. He loves to race the neighbors big, young dogs.Otherwise my beloved Yorkie is just as spunk and healthy as ever. He walks as far as he can on non concrete then I place him in the stroller until he gives me the sign he is ready to get back out.I eased him in to it following reviews from other buyers by letting him sit in the stroller around the house 1st. Also he loves when a “walk” is mentioned and he will also go get his leash if we don’t offer to take him out. I then placed the leash in the stroller to associate its part of the walk and a good thing.Please shop around as bigger and better quality strollers for the price are more plentiful online than high end pet boutiques.I hope people understand some pets are not in strollers for a fashion accessory but because they need it.

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      Hi Morgan, thanks so much for your wonderful comment, and especially for pointing out that many pets are in strollers because of need, not because they’re being used as a fashion accessory. I hope your pup recovers so he can carry on running with the big boys. Online really is the best place to buy for price and selection, and I appreciate you sharing your experience. If you’d like to send in a picture of your dog in the stroller, I’ll be happy to post it on my senior dog FB page.

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  21. Linda

    My Dogger brand dog stroller has been wonderful for my senior and puppy mill rescue dogs.
    Bubbles had cancer and passed away in July, but got to enjoy strolling along the river during the last few months of her life, when she became too weak to walk much. A trail she had loved and explored for her 13 years.
    Lizzie is a puppy mill survivor who lived in a cage for 8+ years and developed arthritis in her shoulders and hips from no exercise or freedom all those years. She can’t walk more than 20 or 30 feet at a time and limps.
    She loves her stroller! Gets so excited when it’s moved towards the door. She gets to be with us on the trails and have the wind blow through her long, Cavalier ears….. sniffing the fresh air.
    Pet strollers are a god-send for infirm and senior, furry, family members and enable us to have a brisk walk.
    I love it too!

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    1. Hindy Pearson (Post author)

      That’s so wonderful to hear Linda. I’m sorry about Bubbles and happy you rescued a puppy mill dog. We had a survivor named Saffy who was also kept in a cage breeding for 8 years. I say the pet stroller has got to be one of the greatest inventions, and literally changes the lives of so many animals. Imagine how different things would have been for your sweethearts without being able to enjoy the outdoors. Thanks so much for sharing, I’m always happy to hear from another stroller user!!

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