How to Train your Dog to use a Pet Stroller and Carrier
I am yet to find a dog that was born with a stroller or carrier. Just like you need to teach your kid to ride a bicycle, you also need to teach your dog how to use its ride.
Eating, barking, and running will come naturally for your pet, but not riding. This is why it is important to know how to train your dog to use a pet stroller, carrier or cycle trailer.
It is a gradual, but exciting process that you can learn in no time.
If you don't yet use one, you may not know how important a dog stroller is. Dogs nursing one injury or the other or those having difficulty walking will greatly benefit from a dog stroller, carrier or cycle trailer.
It will also help you spend amazing moments with your pet whenever you need to go outdoor.
Some other dogs like the bulldogs and pugs find it hard to be out during summer.
A stroller or cycle trailer would normally have a shade to protect such dogs from the heat.
Does Your Dog need a Dog Stroller?
You may say your dog is healthy and strong. Maybe your dog is even extremely energetic and hyperactive, and so it doesn't seem like you need a dog stroller.
Truly, a good leash is enough to have a walk with your dog.
Ordinarily, a stroller will be useful if your dog cannot walk on its own, or if he’s injured and you don't want to strain his leg.
However, there are some other reasons to use a dog stroller.
If Your Dog Tires Easily
There are some small breeds that are easily prone to fatigue and cannot go on long walks around the city with you.
For such dogs, the situation is worse when it’s hot and sunny. A pet stroller, carrier or cycler trailer should do.
It will help with your dog’s mobility and bring about a better and closer relationship between the two of you.
Besides, you just cannot leave your pet alone at home every time you go out.
If Your Dog gets Anxious around Crowds
One great responsibility about being a dog owner is observation. Observation helps you learn a lot of things about your dog.
You would know what works for him/her and what doesn't. I’ve had dogs who just completely lost it whenever there was a huge crowd.
Not only would I struggle with the leash, I would also try to calm them down. By using a stroller, your dog is fastened securely to the seat and is right in front of you at all times.
If Your Dog is affected by harsh Weather
I have already mentioned that some dogs are naturally vulnerable in harsh weather conditions. Bulldogs and Pugs will fare badly in a hot, sunny afternoon.
What you will need is a stroller, carrier or cycle trailer that has a shade.
Also, whether it is a bulldog, pug, or any other breed, your pet needs to be protected from these elements that can endanger its health.
Some strollers are enclosed with breathable mesh to also ensure that your dog can breath conveniently.
Strollers are becoming more Popular and Fashionable
The first time I saw a stroller, I wasn't shocked. Strollers have been with us for many years now.
The shock appeared when I noticed it was a dog and not a child that it carried.
At the early stage of its introduction, it didn't make a lot of sense. I simply thought it was a very weird and crazy thing to do. Maybe you felt the same way to. Years later, that has really changed.
Pet strollers are fast replacing and complementing leashes across America.
Today, you will hardly take a walk without finding one dog stroller or the other with a cute canine pet inside. New designs are made everyday to make them more weather friendly and fashionable as well.
In fact, it is fa
st becoming very trendy to use a dog stroller in many parts of the United States.
If Your Dog can't Keep Up when You go Jogging
There are times when you need to go jogging. It is for these times that dog joggers are produced. If, for one reason or the other, it’s difficult for your dog to keep up when you jog, you need a jogging stroller.
You cannot stop jogging because of your dog. Well, you can, but you shouldn't. Getting a jogger is the best compromise you both can take.
The same way mums use infant joggers when they go jogging, you can use this for your pet.
Just ensure he is perfectly tucked in and the stroller is sturdy, strong and lightweight.
How to Train your Dog to Use a Pet Stroller, Carrier or Cycle Trailer
There are quick, easy steps to do this, and I’ll walk you through them;
You will be asking too much if you just take your dog out on a stroller the first time. It requires some acclimatizing, and there is no better place to start than your home. It could be your backyard or garden.
Lift your dog from the ground and place him on the stroller. Ensure the wheels are secured when you do this. You do not want to spike your dog the first time it gets on a stroller- that would trigger fear and anxiety in him. You need to show your dog that the stroller is safe and secure.
You can carry your dog and put him in the stroller or you can get it to get in himself by luring him with a treat or a pet toy. Once he is inside, it is important you get him acquainted to the stroller space.
You should throw in some more treats around the corners so he can walk around it. More so, this treat will give your dog the impression that his new ride is a place filled with benefits. He begins to see it as a good place and looks forward to it every time.
You should continue to do this for a few more days, sometimes, with the canopy closed, so he can get used to the space even when it’s closed.
This is important because when you eventually take your dog out in the stroller, you’d need to have the canopy closed. Only remove it when you’re sure he can handle the outdoor breeze and sight around him.
After a few days, your dog begins to get used to the stroller, carrier or cycle trailer environment. It is now time to take it outdoor.
However, you should begin with calm, quiet places, with very little population. Even stroller dogs can get uneasy when they’re taken to very crowded places.
Begin with a walk down the Alley, at a quiet park, and so on. This will help your dog get used to being in a stroller outdoor.
Be sure to have the canopy closed at several points of the way. In all this time, you should continue to place treats and food puzzles in the stroller to make them enjoy being in it.
Once your dog gets used to the idea of being in a stroller outdoor, you could be planning of taking him along on that long walk or ride.
Trust me, it could still be a little challenging. If your dog has never had to stay in one place for such a long time, he could find this very challenging. Have dog treats, food and toys all around the stroller or cycle trailer.
The importance of this is that they begin to attribute fun and enjoyment to the stroller.
It is best to have a stroller that features straps for securing your dog. Some other pet strollers have a short leash that you can fasten to your dog’s collar while in the stroller.
In case there’s an accident, or your dog gets excited when you open the canopy, these gears can keep them secure.
The security of your dog should be a priority anytime you go out. Also, if it is a cycle trailer, ensure that the hooks are properly fixed and have no chance of pulling off on the way.
Be Patient With Your Dog
A lot of folks simply want to get on with it and have that walk with their dogs. The truth is, as babies, our parents waited for us to learn to sit, then stand, and then walk.
It also took time for us to learn to ride our bicycles and even the cars we now drive. You should also be patient with your dog.
It might take much more time than you envisaged. Taking a dog into an unfamiliar territory takes time to adapt. You should wait for it.
Now that you know how to train your dog to use a pet stroller, carrier or cycle trailer, you can begin to enjoy long hours of outdoor fun.
Just be sure to always check on your canine cutie to see if everything is in place.
If it’s a cycle trailer, ensure the canopy is closed at all times to keep your dog safe and your eyes on the road. Be sure the wheels are well fixed, as well as the dog leash.
A carrier would naturally be easier to learn, but would still require some training. Now you can enjoy the best times with your dog, and thank me later.