Help and advice on puppy strollers
Taking on a puppy is a huge commitment and you and your home have to be fully prepared for when your pup arrives.
Puppies, when first arriving in your home will be very anxious indeed. Only a few hours ago they were snuggling up to their mother and fellow siblings, to them it was the most safest place in the world. They now find themselves in a strange environment, new sights, sounds and smells and their mum is nowhere in sight. Even their source of food will change. It’s very stressful time for that small ball of fur.
It won’t be all that easy for you either! Prepare yourself for months of hard work, disruption, chaos and mess.
As well as making sure your home is warm, safe and puppy proof with numerous safety gates, warm beds, play crates and play pens, you have to make their outings into the outside world are safe too.
That’s where the pet stroller come in very useful. Dog strollers, puppy strollers, puppy prams, puppy pushchairs – they all have one purpose. And that purpose is to transport your puppy or small or infirm dog to a destination in a safe, protective and warm environment.
Puppy strollers and dog prams that we recommend
The majority of dog strollers are also lined with a padded floor mat that can be removed and cleaned easily, very useful when you have a puppy who is yet to be toilet trained. The dog stroller will also give your puppy a snug, warm enclosed feeling that will remind them of their protective doggy bed that they shared with their mother and fellow siblings. The inclusion of a warm snuggle blanket will make the dog stroller a perfect little haven for your puppy.
For a list of recommended three and four wheeled dog strollers for your puppy, check out our useful article, Which dog stroller is right for my puppy?
Visits to the vets
It takes time and patience to train your dog to walk on a leash correctly and puppies are the most troublesome of students! Training them to walk on a leash should be done in a safe environment, not on the way to the vets. A puppy stroller will also get you and your little dog to the vets quickly and safely.
Many pet owners buy large heavy cumbersome carriers to keep their pet in when visiting the vet. They are perfect for keeping their pets away from other sick pets and also give the pet some privacy, but they can be quite heavy and put quite a lot of strain on the person who has to carry it. A puppy stroller or pet pram on the other hand is easy to push, manoeuvre and will offer you storage so you don’t even have to carry large back packs or shoulder bags.
Your puppy and their health pre-vaccination
Vets also advise you that you should wait until your puppy is between 6 to 10 weeks old before they have their first vaccination. They also advise you that your new puppy should settle in to their new home for around one to two weeks before their first jabs. This will then allow any diseases that the puppy may be incubating to show up which can then be treated by your vet. Also the stress of leaving their mother can cause a reduced immune response to the vaccine, so it will not be giving you and thee puppy the protection you want.
So again, the puppy stroller will be of great importance to you. Transporting them around in a puppy pushchair will give them the protection from any dogs that may cause a danger to your vulnerable pup. It will also enable them to keep up with their socialising training, where they can still go outdoors to experience new sights, sounds and smells as well as meeting human beings along the way. Keeping them locked up at home, secluded, away from contact with anybody will keep them safe from ailments but won’t be any fun for them.
Your puppy’s early days
Some new puppy owners use a puppy stroller as a temporary sleeping quarter for their new pet. Not only is it an enclosed warm safe place for them to sleep, it can also be cleaned easily if the pup happens to have an accident during the night.
The best puppy strollers for this purpose would be a multifunctional 3-in-1 stroller that has a carrier section that can be detached from the wheeled frame. The carrier makes a great small enclosed warm sleeping place for your pup at night and it can then be attached back onto the wheeled frame during the day to transform it back into a stroller.
Taking your puppy out for a stroll
Even when the puppy has received all their vaccinations and has had some road training a puppy stroller can still be extremely useful. If you visit a dog friendly park or recreation ground, getting them to that space can not only tire out your dog, but it can take some time getting there. And there is point taking them to the doggy park if they are too tired to play and exercise when you get there.
Puppies, like small infants are still confused about the big wide world and can easily be distracted when out and about on their own four (or two) feet. Puppy strollers will get you and your puppy to your chosen destination, easily, safely and quickly so that you can both enjoy quality time when you get there.
Puppy protection from the weather
The great thing about puppy strollers is the weatherproof covering that will keep them warm and dry in the wet wintry weather and cool and ventilated in the hot summer months. Nearly all pet strollers are designed with durable mesh panel windows which help keep air circulating inside the stroller, keeping your puppy cool and fresh. The mesh panels also allow your dog to still have a view of the outside. They also has the added bonus of keeping irritating insects out.
Some dog strollers also have additional rain covers that you can buy which is even more protection for your puppy and your stroller.
The designers of pet strollers also think of the pusher too! Many strollers have a cup holder attached near the push handle. These storage trays are great for holding your keys, mobile phone and coffee or water, making them accessible when you are out and about.
Perfect for a litter of puppies
A dog pram is also the perfect environment for your puppies to get out and about without coming into contact with other boistrous dogs and any harmful infections or diseases. They can also use the generous space inside to either curl up together or snooze alone in their own corner.
The protective covering will keep them all safe and dry and the secure fastenings will stop any of them escaping!
Easy access to your puppy
Some puppy strollers may even have access panels included above on the top of the canopy. These are designed so you can simply attend to your puppy if they need a treat, a pat or tickle. It’s also ideal for popping in a puppy toy if your little pooch needs some distraction. A puppy stroller with more than one easy access panels is crucial so you can attend to your puppy while you are both on the move.
Puppies, strollers and exercise
Over exercising at an early age, particularly in some larger breeds, can actually lead to problems with their bone development, if extra care is not taken. This is another reason why a puppy stroller is ideal for any outdoor trips. Your puppy gets to explore new environments without getting over exercised due to lots of walking and getting exhausted in the process.
Like babies, puppies sleep a great deal. It’s a good idea to encourage your puppy to rest regularly. A puppy stroller is the perfect solution. The stroller compartment is a comfortable peaceful place to relax in, especially if you add extra comfort like a nice warm blanket. Your puppy can rest and snooze whenever they wish and it shouldn’t impede your journey whatsoever.
As your puppy grows, it is advisable to begin a good exercise regime that will include proper walks and runs outdoors. Not all fully grown dogs will need the use of a pet stroller, unless they become injured or disabled.
Some senior dogs use a dog stroller too. Just like our senior citizens, they may have trouble with their mobility and need some help getting out to see the outside world. It’s quite sad to hear that many ‘old dogs’ end the rest of their days confined to the home and garden. All dogs like to explore and interact with new experiences, fellow canines and people no matter what age they are. Their mobility maybe suffering but their thoughts and feelings are still in good nick!
Pet jogging strollers and puppies
Pet jogging strollers are also designed with three wheels too, the front one being a swivel wheel that will always give you better manoeuvrability, perfect for dealing with rough terrains and kerbs.
So if you are an avid jogger and wish to take your puppy with you (when they get older of course), a pet jogging stroller is an ideal option for you.
Puppies and bicycle dog trailers
A dog shouldn’t be placed into a bicyle dog trailer until they have had the training to accustomise them to travel inside one. You should be at a stage where your dog does not need your full attention or be a distraction either, as you have to focus on the road. So leave it until your dog is old enough and safe enough to travel in one.
In saying that, bicycle dog trailers can be converted into strollers until your puppy is old enough to travel in a cycle trailer. You can buy conversion kits, which include a front wheel attachment and a push handle that simply fix onto a bicycle dog trailer, turning them into safe, secure and sturd strollers. The other excellent feature of these dog trailers is their are very roomy, perfect for a puppy to either play in or snuggle up in a warm blanket.
If you are an avid cyclist and are thinking about taking your dog out with you in the future, then buying a bicycle dog trailer and ‘cycle trailer/stroller conversion kit’ may be the perfect solution for you.
When it comes to the stage when you wish to attach the cycle dog trailer to your bike and take your adult dog with you, your cycle trailer dog training will already be near completion. Because you have already used the same trailer as a stroller, your dog shouldn’t need much more training, as they will be already be accustomed to travelling inside it. Read our article on Training your dog to use a stroller, carrier or cycle trailer, for some useful tips.
Travelling by car with your puppy
Puppies can get quite upset, mess themselves due to their fear and can also vomit if they suffer from motion sickness. All this is not pleasant for the driver. Try and see it from the point of view of your puppy, not only is it a strange experience but you are removing them from the safety of their home. And if you are on the way to visiting a scary place like the vets, you are adding even more stress into the mix. You can now see why some dogs grow to hate car journeys.
Having a loose puppy or dog in your car is extremely dangerous, not only for them but for you too! So if you plan on travelling by car with your puppy, some safety measures have to be taken and put in place.
Here is where the puppy stroller comes in handy. First of all if you plan to make many trips with your puppy by car, we recommend that you buy a 3-in-1 puppy stroller. The excellent thing about these types of dog stroller is the multifunctional uses if will offer you and your pooch. Not only do you get a day to day stroller that you can use to walk about with your puppy, but you also get a detachable carrier that can be used inside your car.
Your puppy will be less stressed as they are already familiar with the stroller/carrier compartment. It will contain their scent and will offer them a great deal of privacy. You can also include a toy for some distraction and even an item of your clothing if they happen to suffer from separation issues. Even small pieces of food will distract them and a treat or small snack offered to them in your car will help them think that “good things happen when I am in here!”
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You need to make your puppy think that cars and car journeys are fun. That way, they will look forward to travelling in the car with you in the future. If you happen to have a small breed puppy, a stroller carrier is an excellent choice. Many 3-in-1 strollers have a slot to allow a seat belt to secure the carrier to the back seat of your car. NEVER place a puppy or dog in the passenger seat next to you. A safety air bag if deployed can suffocate or crush a small dog, so keep them on the back seat.
Like the carriers, crates and strollers you will have to do some initial car training so your do gets accustomes to wearing the seat belt harness while you are driving your car. All this type of training can be done as soon as your dog is older enough to wear the harness – and too big to fit in a carrier or crate.
The crate metal meshing design enables your dog to have a good view instead of feeling enclosed or cluastraphobic. The great thing about these transport carriers is that they fold when not in use and can be used inside the home if you need to house your pet in a crate temporarily.
You may want to read our article – Top Tips: Travelling by car with your dog, which will help your dog get accustomed to car journeys.