Whether you and your dog travel the world together or you just need a way to carry him to the vet, a dog carrier is a useful addition to your supplies: it keeps him safe while traveling in the car and makes it possible for you to take him on planes. There are so many types of dog carriers on the market that you no longer need to use his heavy, bulky crate to transport him. But before you choose one, here are some helpful guidelines to narrow down the selection.
You need to know your dog’s height, length, and weight to select the correct size. The dog carrier should be large enough for him to turn around easily and to curl up or stretch out when lying down. Measure his back from the neck, where the collar sits, to the base of the tail. Then add a few inches to that measurement.
If it’s only for car trips or to keep your pet contained when out and about with you, consider a carrier that’s lightweight, easy to carry, easy to pack, and comfortable for your dog.
Dog carriers come in several basic styles, and you should select the type that suits your dog and your activities.
Standard hard-sided carriers are sometimes preferred for their durability and rugged construction.
Soft-sided carriers are the most popular style for transporting smaller dogs, and some brands are approved by airlines to go under your seat.
Wearable dog carriers, mimicking the trend in baby carriers, have become increasingly popular.
Dog carriers aren’t just for the tiniest of Toy Poodles or little, short-legged Dachshunds. Whether you need to take your dog on an airplane or have an older or infirm dog that still enjoys taking walks with you, the right dog carrier is an easy, convenient way to take your canine friend along.
Here are some of our choices for the best dog carriers.