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Dog Carriers Demystified: How To Select The Perfect One

Jan 19, 2008
Dog carrier fashion is the hottest thing to hit the runways of Tokyo, LA, and Milan. But what does that mean to you and how do you select the best one for your canine friend? A dog carrier is your best choice when it comes to traveling long distances with your little friend. It is basically a padded bag with sufficient space to accommodate your pet comfortably. They are of varied sizes, shapes and styles. The market is flocked with different types of dog carriers like dog strollers, dog crates, designer dog carriers and the newly fashionable dog backpack. Which one you choose depends largely upon the size and the breed of the dog you have; and the lifestyle you wish to include your dog in.

First, try to acquire as much information as possible from the manufacturers or retailer before making your purchase. Safety, security and comfort - are the three most important aspects you should look for when choosing a dog carrier. The type of dog carriers that you purchase depends on size, length and the weight of your dog, not all dog carriers may work for your pooch. A big dog may not fit in the standard size strollers, backpack and most designer carriers; your choices would be limited to carriers and crates to transport your dog. Small dogs on the other hand can comfortably fit into any carrier or stroller, but again you should be vigilant about the attributes of the carrier and your intention for its primary use.

A comfortable dog carrier gives your pet sufficient room to move around yet not big enough to allow him to rock around inside especially if you intend on rigorous activity while carrying your dog such as jogging and hiking. The most vital characteristic you should always check for is that the carrier has good ventilation to allow for fresh air to circulate. Your dog can easily dehydrate in a poorly ventilated dog carrier, especially on those hot summer days. If you wish to pamper your pet then make sure that the carrier is comfortably padded and has a seat belt - of course there is nothing wrong with making sure you look good while carrying it around too! Also check out other points like durability, detachable shoulder straps, rubberized fabric and four mesh viewing panels. Let me point out from personal experience that you should also look into the cleaning directions of the dog carrier; some have machine washable linings that can easily be cleaned.

Those on the look out for trendy and chic dog carriers will have no problem locating fashionable and pocket friendly dog carriers at most pet stores. For those that want maximum indulgence for dog can browse the many styles from the best designer houses in the world. Remember, that the dog carriers are not only for the fashion conscious but can also be used if your dog is blind, too old to walk or has hearing problems. A good idea is to try to reflect your dog's personality and taste have some fun with it.

Initially your dog may be reluctant to sit inside the carrier, but this depends entirely on your skills to compel him/her to venture into a small case. Start with a bone shaped biscuit or fake bacon strips to urge your little friend towards the carrier. Your next other option is to entice the little pet with an endearing smell or a favorite toy kept in the vicinity of the carrier. This will tempt the dog to step inside the carrier, though it may show some hesitation. Nonetheless, keep in mind to always place the dog carrier on the ground. Never force your dog in the dog carrier; this will likely cause anxiety and an irrational fear of carriers. Take your time and be patients, your rewards will make it all worth it.
About the Author
Ruby Fayed is an avid dog lover and premier article author for www.tailoredtail.com. For more information on dog carriers visit
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