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Considerations when Choosing Dog Carriers

November 28, 2013

Choosing dog carriers are also critical because it will be the temporary surroundings of your dog when you are traveling. If you are done choosing the best leash for them, you are now ready to find another accessory for your dog: the carriers. You can't allow them to play in your car while you are driving or let them sleep in your office space. Your choice of carrier will affect its desire to get into it and provide comfort wherever you go. When dogs are not happy of their carriers, they will howl, bark and be miserable. When you are buying a dog carrier, think about the consideration of your needs and of course of the dog.

If you can't let your dog get separated from you even if you travel, you have to find a carrier that will transport your dog easily and comfortably. 

Dog Backpack Carrier

Size of the carrier. Perhaps, it is the most important consideration when buying your dog carrier. You have to ensure that your dog will fit into that carrier. Also, you must remember that dogs grow fast and can be very large depending on its breed. When you have a little puppy, know its breed and buy dog bags that can accommodate him as an adult.

Ventilation. Even though you are getting small dog carriers, ventilation should not be taken for granted. It must have a good flow of air to ensure that your dog will not get suffocated. Dog carriers usually have vents on its 3 sides that will allow enough air to pass through. If you have a long trip such that your dog will be shipped in the cargo hold of the airplane, it must also have an attached bowl for water so that they won't be dehydrated.

Security. A good carrier must be latched securely. You can choose from latch system or pinch latches because it doesn't come loose. If you are traveling by plane, you can choose a carrier that comes in two parts: a top and a bottom. You have to make sure that its prongs fasten the two parts together should be enough to hold if the carrier is jostled. You can also choose metal nuts and bolts that are stronger than plastic.

Double Small Dog Carrier

Construction. It can be hard-sided or soft-sided. Carriers that are hard-sided are more beneficial if you will put your dog in a cargo while soft-sided carriers are available for small dogs only. If you are traveling by air, you have to ask the airline for the carrier specifications they required. Soft-sided carriers are also much preferred if you are going to the veterinarian's office or simple and short trips only.

Human Considerations. Considering your dog's comfort doesn't mean you should neglect your own. One consideration you must take into account is the cost of the carrier. It can be expensive because prices vary depending on its sizes, materials, style and brand. Also, if you have limited space for the carrier, you can choose the collapsible or fold-away types. If you also have some problems carrying your dog, you can find carriers with wheels and a pull-strap.

 

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