Every dog owner should have a dog carrier and you may want to consider wheeled dog carriers when making your choice. Wheeled dog carriers can be used to safely transport your dog to the kennel, veterinarian or anywhere else in an emergency, while making the transport easy. Just like standard carriers, there are several styles, materials and sizes of wheeled dog carriers to choose from. Features to Consider in Wheeled Dog Carrier Materials
Designed to hold water/food
Ability to clean
Hardware or locking system
There are a variety of styles of wheeled dog carriers. You'll want to consider all the basic components of a good carrier and then decide which will work best. Many of the soft-sided carriers come in a wheeled version. There are also backpack style wheeled dog carriers and you can get kits to add wheels onto standard plastic carriers.
Desirable Features in Wheeled Dog Carriers
An excellent wheeled dog carrier are will be durable, easy to clean, easy to use, airline compliant if you are going to travel, lightweight, stable and relatively “tip proof”. Your wheeled dog carrier should securely close and roll nicely. Test the wheels before you purchase a wheeled dog carrier. If your dog gets a bumpy ride, you'll have a tough time convincing him to get in the carrier. Your wheeled dog carrier should make your dog feel safe and be comfortable.
The Ideal Choice in Wheeled Dog Carrier
The ideal wheeled dog carrier will be big enough for your pooch to lie down, stand and turn around. It should be sturdy and safe so that Rover can't escape or get hurt in transit. Also your wheeled dog carrier should be as well ventilated as possible while still providing security.
Shopping Tips for Choosing Wheeled Dog Carriers
Scrutinize the design of your new wheeled dog carrier, especially the latches. You'll want the latches to be both strong and easy to use. Plastic latches can be problematic. Also check metal latches before loading your dog to maker sure they haven't gotten bent, making the door difficult to open and close.
Additional Tips for Using Wheeled Dog Carriers
Train puppies to enjoy their crates early by offering food or treats in the wheeled dog carrier, or by throwing favorite toys into the back of the dog crate for them play. Just take care to secure the wheels so that your carrier doesn't roll and startle your acclimating pooch. Also, place a towel or blanket that is easily washable in the bottom of the wheeled dog carrier to keep your dog comfortable. You might find that it's your pooches' favorite place to nap if it's open and available.
Wheeled dog carriers can also be an important part of any disaster plan. Have your carriers in an easy to locate area and available incase there is a tornado, hurricane, flood, or fire in or near your home. It's always best to be prepared for anything. Of course a vacation with your pooch is the best reason to use your wheeled dog carrier, so get out there and enjoy!