The motivation to get outside and an exercise often comes when you look into your dog’s eyes. There is nothing better than having a partner while walking, running or biking. Many large dogs aren’t able to make that long run or walk, due to age or injury, but still want to come along. DoggyRide, PetEgo, and Solvit each make a pet cabin that you can use as a bike trailer or as a stroller. You can purchase all three as just a pet bike trailer and add on the stroller kit. Doggyride has the option to buy only the stroller or only the bike trailer.
All three trailers ride on air-filled tires. This is desired in a bike trailer because the air-filled tires will do a good job of gripping the ground and keeping the trailer steady while in motion. All three have cabins that fold easily and the tires quickly release to come off the cabin. Solvit has a Medium and Large size and the large will hold 110 pounds. Doggyride Novel comes in two colors and has the option to choose a regular stroller kit or the jogger wheel. PetEgo Comfort Wagon has a Medium and Large Size and can carry 165 pounds.
Pet strollers are available with one of two types of wheels: air-filled or EVA foam. E.V.A. stands for ethylene vinyl acetate and is simply a sturdy, molded plastic. Let’s take a closer look at the two types of dog stroller wheels.
Advantages of EVA tires include:
Lighter weight than air-filled tires, which is beneficial when folding and carrying the stroller and when stopping a moving stroller
They don’t flatten
You don’t need to inflate them or replace them
Reasons to choose air-filled tires:
Traction on uneven road is better with air-filled tires compared to EVA
The stroller is easier to maneuver off-road with air-filled tires
Air-filled tires provide a smoother ride than EVA
In some strollers, having heavier tires makes the stroller sturdier
Some people prefer the smoother ride for their pet and better traction when off-road, with the air-filled tires, while others like the idea of not needing to maintain the tires and managing a lighter weight stroller. There isn’t much maintenance with the air-filled wheels, however, and some strollers include a portable pump.
Examples of air-filled tires on pet strollers are the Pet Gear Jogger, PetZip Happy Trailer, the Solvit Houndabout, and DoggyRide trailers.
Examples of EVA foam tires on pet strollers are Pet Gear AT3, PetZip 1st Class Jogger, PetZip Monogram and the KittyWalk Original SUV.
In the past year, Gen7Pets has updated their popular Regal stroller and it is now called the Regal Plus. The newer version includes a parent tray on the handle. The Regal Plus comes in three patterns: Raspberry, Gray Shadow, and Starry Night. The Starry Night pattern is brand new!
The Gen7Pets company is well-known for their innovation in pet stroller features. The Regal Plus stroller has three of the “smart features” that makes their products easy to use:
Smart-Canopy (after the canopy is unzipped, you are able to tuck in underneath instead of it hanging down)
Smart-Reach (38″ between the handle bar and the ground)
Smart-Basket (the storage basket underneath zips closed)
The Regal Plus stroller also has the following components that make it a product you want to own:
Rear Storage Pouch and Storage Pocket
Front Convertible Wheels
Front Wheel Shock Absorbers
Rear Wheel Brakes
Reversible, Machine-Washable Pad
Interior Safety Tether
Hidden Front Steel Bar (for a safe enclosure)
Folds flat for easy storage
Easy assembly without tools
Maximum Pet Weight: 25 lbs.
Interior Dimensions: 22″ long x 11″ wide x 21.5″ high
Stroller Weight: 11 lbs.
Overall Dimensions: 38″ long x 17″ wide x 38″ high
There aren’t many pet strollers that are specifically designed for two pets to ride separately, aside from the KittyWalk Double Decker. The Double Decker has two separate, removable carriers, each with a front and a back door. The doors are closed with durable metal clasps, not with zippers. This type of stroller is perfect for keeping two pets separated when they won’t play nice together.
However, there are many pet strollers that have the capability to carry more than one pet at a time. Pay attention to the cabin dimensions to determine whether your two or three pets will fit inside. Also make sure you adhere to the weight limit that each stroller can carry. If you have concerns about whether your pets may jump out of the stroller, then you should also pay attention to the number of tether clips available in the cabin. Some people don’t even use this feature, but if you think your pet might make a run for it, you may want to look into the number of tether clips. The PetZip Monogram and the PetZip Happy Trailer both have more than one tether clip. Doggyride Trailers and Strollers have enough room to carry one large dog or many, I’ve seen 4 small dogs fit comfortably inside, and extra leash sets are available to purchase. Each leash set will attach two dogs.
The above mentioned strollers and many others are available at: http://www.PerfectPetStroller.com
Some folks have noticed that it’s really hard to find certain PetZip pet strollers, like the Pet Happy Trailer and the Monogram. Pet Zip is redesigning many of their products and they will return in the spring. Pet Zip is known for their award-winning pet strollers, like the 1st Class Jogger and the stylish Mochi.
How do dogs sense fear? Do they actually smell fear, or are there loads of behavioral indicators that make them afraid? We do know that dogs have a sense of smell that is about one million times more sensitive than humans. It is believed that dogs identify humans based on their individual smell. It’s possible that dogs sense fear in a situation when they smell sweat coming from a human who is in distress.
Two olfactory systems in dogs have been identified. The main olfactory system allows dogs to recognize smells such as a newly opened can of tuna fish, or freshly baked cookies. These types of smells release airborne molecules that attach to olfactory receptors. The accessory olfactory system begins with the Vomeronasal organ, or the Jacobson’s organ, which is located at the floor of the nasal cavity. This system detects emotional states such as territory, aggression and reproduction. Animals communicate with each other by giving off different scents.
Many dogs are fearful of loud noises, such as humans screaming, thunder, the vacuum cleaner and construction equipment. They are also sensitive to the body language of humans. For example, if we run towards a dog he is likely to cower or take a defensive stance. Dogs are superior observers. They probably sense a situation is out of the ordinary just by the way a human behaves.
How can we soothe a dog that is fearful? It isn’t wise to overly coddle a scared dog, but it is helpful to reach out and offer comforting pets and a reassuring voice to calm them down. If too much attention is given then the fearful behavior might be reinforced. It is also a good idea to try and redirect their attention away from the fearful situation. Offer them something to chew on or engage them in play. There is a product called the Thundershirt that has shown to effectively reduce anxiety and fear in dogs, almost instantly. It works by constantly providing gentle pressure on a dog’s nervous system. Often just reassurance by the owner will help to calm your dog until their fear has passed.
Josie was an indoor-outdoor cat until something attacked her one day. Who knows what actually happened. It could have been a mouse-catching operation gone awry, or maybe a she mistook a raccoon for the family dog she likes to taunt. She came in for some love and a meal that day and her face was bloody with a giant gash underneath her eye.
After several trips to the vet and a few hundred dollars later, Josie was an indoor only cat. Like many cats, every time the door opens, she moves into stealth mode and tries to get out. Mostly her efforts fail, but the humans tend to feel badly that she can’t go hunting any longer. A stroller seemed like a viable alternative. She can’t prowl on land, but she does get to see and feel the outdoors like the good old days.
KittyWalk Systems designed strollers especially for cats. All of their stylish strollers have a 360 degree view. Josie likes the 5th Avenue Luxury stroller in pink, of course. The stroller is great for cruising the neighborhood and park. This is not a jogging stroller and shouldn’t be compared to one. The smaller, swivel wheels mean that the stroller is meant for mostly smooth terrain. Josie is not a cat that would appreciate an all out run, so a stroller for walking is just right for her. The sturdy, claw-proof mesh is an attractive feature. She can go in the front or the rear opening. Josie spent a few days with the stroller sitting in the living room, so she could check it out. The cabin is removable from the frame so she can just pop into the stroller after a car ride to the park.
KittyWalk Systems makes eleven strollers to suit the needs of choosy pet owners. Check out the features for yourself.
Doggyride pet strollers are made for pets that weigh as much as 110 pounds! A pet stroller may seem unnecessary to you until there is an injury. Many times an injury leads to a surgery which means a lot of time that your pet is not able to get outside to exercise.
Doggyride makes a mini pet stroller for pets up to 55 pounds and the Original/Novel strollers for pets up to 110 pounds. Each stroller is easy to assemble and is comfortable in which to ride. There is strong support on the sides of the cabin. This is good when your dog leans into the sides, he won’t rub the moving tires. For extra support you can get an additional pet mat, for the cabin floor, that is 3 inches thick.
Doggyride uses air-filled tires for a very smooth and shock absorbent ride. There is plenty of ventilation for your pet, with a sunroof and mesh on the sides. The rear wheels have a push-release mechanism so are easy to remove. The cabin will also serve as a crate. This stroller fits easily in the rear of an SUV or a wagon. The Doggyride strollers are also sold as bike trailers.
Andy was an indoor-outdoor cat until something attacked him one day. Who knows what actually happened. It could have been a mouse-catching operation gone awry, or maybe he mistook a raccoon for the family dog he likes to taunt. He came in for some love and a meal that day and his face was bloody. He had a gash underneath his eye.
After several trips to the vet and several hundred dollars later, Andy was an indoor only cat. Like many cats, every time the door opens, he moves into stealth mode and tries to get out. Mostly his efforts fail, but the humans tend to feel badly that he can no longer go hunting. A cat stroller is a viable alternative. He can’t prowl on land, but he does get to see and feel the outdoors like the good old days.
KittyWalk Systems designed strollers especially for cats. All of their stylish strollers have a 360 degree view. Andy likes the 5th Avenue Luxury stroller in blue, of course. The stroller is great for cruising the neighborhood and park. This is not a jogging stroller and shouldn’t be compared to one. The smaller, swivel wheels mean that the stroller is meant for mostly smooth terrain. Andy is not a cat that would appreciate an all out run, so a stroller for walking is just right for him. The sturdy, claw-proof mesh is an attractive feature. He can go in the front or the rear opening. At first, Andy spent a few days with the stroller sitting in the living room, so he could check it out. The cabin is removable from the frame so he can just pop into the stroller after a car ride to the park.
Traveling with pets, whether by train, plane or automobile, is becoming more and more commonplace. More hotels and restaurants are catering to travelers who don’t want to leave their furry friends at home. Two excellent wheeled carriers for small pets include the Snoozer Cooper Bag and the Gen7Pets Roller Carrier.
Snoozer Cooper Bag
The Snoozer Cooper Bag is definitely a small dog or cat wheeled carrier. The interior dimensions are 14″W x 9″D x 12″H. Weight limit says up to 15 pounds. Some reviews for this bag say it is not roomy enough for dogs or cats that weigh closer to the 15 pound mark. Measure your animal before purchasing. The Cooper Bag has two fabric color options: Zebra and Black. The four wheels all swivel, it is very easy to move it on the floor. The telescoping handle reaches 41 inches high. There are several side and front pockets to store items. There is a magnet allowing the top flap to stay partially open if you choose. This bag fits under most airline seats.
Gen7Pets Roller Carrier
The Gen7Pets Roller Carrier has two different size options: One for pets up to 10 pounds and another for pets up to 20 pounds. Both carriers only weigh a little over 6 pounds. The Gen7 carrier is unique with its Smart-Level platform that keeps your pet from being tipped while riding. The Roller Carrier has lots of mesh windows to keep your pet ventilated. The small carrier has the interior dimensions: 15.5″H x 8.5″D x 13.5″W while the larger size is 15″H x 9″D x 16″W. There are three fabrics from which to choose: Red, Black Geometric and Zebra.
When deciding which wheeled pet carrier will work for you, pay attention to the actual size of your dog or cat as opposed to just the weight.