What? Who would ever think a big dog would need a stroller? After talking with many people at an animal shelter fundraiser this weekend, that was the question most often asked. So many people are active with their pets and/or avid exercisers that a pet stroller would never come up on the radar.
A big revelation for people was the bicycle trailer for pets. Long bike rides are hard on the paws of the dog that is running beside you. A bike trailer allows you to keep on riding and rest you weary dog. The same goes for the runners. Some dogs will run all day, but many need some rest. Whether overheated, irritated paw pads, or just plain old tired, a little riding is a blessing.
Doggyride makes the perfect stroller for the avid runner. The Original and Novel Jogger-Strollers have a wheel alignment system that keeps the stroller from veering to one side or the other. It is not difficult to calibrate and is very helpful if you have a dog that likes to change positions a lot!
Doggyride uses the same stable cabin for the pet bike trailers. With little effort, you attach the bike trailer to your rear wheel and load up.
Is it crazy to put a large dog in a stroller? I would say it depends on the circumstances. The following are examples of this type of owner:
A marathon runner, who runs with her two young Labradors, needed a stroller so that her 13-year-old Lab didn’t have to stay at home.
A woman who had recent surgery on her shoulder was worried her large dog would re-injure her shoulder by pulling on the leash. She needed a stroller to get to the dog park.
One fellow adopted a dog with three legs. The dog loved to run around, but couldn’t make it the length of the trail. He just puts his rescue dog in the stroller when he gets tired.
Important features to look for in a large dog stroller:
A cabin that is close to the ground, therefore it has a lower center of gravity. Many large dogs are less anxious riding closer to the ground.
Large, air-filled tires. Rear tires that are at least 12 inches and filled with air mean a more comfortable ride for the large dog.
A good view. If your big dog prefers to lie down, then side windows are key. If your dog likes to sit up, then a sunroof will make him happy.
There are only a few dog strollers that are durable enough to carry a larger dog in comfort. DoggyRide makes the Original and Novel Strollers and the Original and Novel Jogger-Strollers.
The DoggyRide strollers have air-filled rear wheels that are 20 inches in diameter. They have a side bar that locks into place to prevent the dog from leaning into the moving tires. The cabin is close to the ground and there are windows on the front and sides of the cabin.
Solvit redesigned their Houndabout Trailers this year and they are now constructed of a lightweight aluminum. There is a medium that holds dogs up to 50 pounds, and a large size that will carry up to 110 pounds. What is important to understand about the Solvit Houndabout Trailer is that the only way to make it a stroller is to buy the trailer and then add the stroller conversion kit.
The PetEgo Comfort Wagon is a bike trailer that also requires the purchase of the conversion kit in order to use it as a stroller. The PetEgo Comfort Wagon has a medium and a large size which will carry pets up to 165 pounds.
When most people think about pet strollers, they certainly don’t imagine that a large dog would ever need to be in one. The truth is many large dogs benefit from a ride in a stroller. Pet strollers designed for the larger dog have a low point of entry so it is easier to help them get inside. Larger dogs tend to prefer to ride closer to the ground because there is a stronger center of gravity.
Large dog strollers have solid suspension systems, which keeps the side-to-side movement to a minimum when the stroller is in motion. They are made with durable, weather-resistant fabric and mesh windows which allows for maximum visibility and enjoyment of the breeze. The front wheels swivel making the strollers easy to maneuver. They also have large, air-filled tires which provide a smooth ride for your large dog. Dog strollers are easy to assemble and will fold-up to fit in the trunk of your car or in the closet of your home. Still, why does your large dog need a stroller?
Many large dogs develop fatty tumors as they age that can inhibit mobility. Your dog that used to be able to run for an hour can barely make it around the block. A pet stroller can be used to give your dog a rest.
As dogs age they often gain weight. Extra weight leads to strain on the joints. This problem can also lead to less mobility due to discomfort. The pet stroller can again come to the rescue by allowing your dog to continue to enjoy the outdoors.
Your dog has broken his leg. You are instructed to not allow him to bear any weight on that leg for several weeks. He still wants to be outside so take him for a ride in a pet stroller. Your dog will be happy to be outside and may even get healthy more quickly.
Your dog recently had a surgical procedure that requires him to rest. A pet stroller will make it easier to take your dog to the vet check-ups he will need.
You are an older pet owner and have trouble walking your large dog on a leash for long distances.
You walk multiple large dogs and one needs a break from the action. You can rotate which dog rests and which ones walk.
Walking your dog on busy city streets, to get to the park, may create safety concerns. Use a pet stroller to get him to the park and then he can run until he drops.