Dog strollers, also known as pet strollers in recent times, have become a familiar item among pet owners. Sometimes, your dog might be too old to walk on his own or he might just be too ill. Pet strollers come in handy to ease his movement. There’s a need to know how to make a dog stroller.
Dog strollers are more convenient means of taking your pets out for a stroll during outings, jogging, or even when traveling. However, buying a dog stroller is very expensive. It is sold for almost or the same price you will get a brand-new baby stroller.
The good news is that dog strollers are easy to make and you will save a lot of money. You can decide the size of the stroller and what you want it to look like. Also, you can incorporate your style into your design to suit your needs. How then do you make your dog stroller? Simple! Convert your old baby stroller to your pet stroller.
This DIY article will show you how to do this in a step by step manner. All that’s required is the old baby stroller you want to revamp, a few other household items, your effort, time and creativity. When you are done, you can show your pet to the world!
If you prefer learning by video, this article is also explained here.
Factors To Consider When Making A Dog Stroller
Size of Pet
Dogs have different sizes and so you must put this into consideration before you make a dog stroller. The first thing to do is to check if it is the most suitable for his size and weight. A small dog can be comfortably carried in any pet stroller, but this is not so for a big-sized pet.
The Comfort of The Pet
This is your first goal, right? Then make sure that the stroller is a comfortable one for him. Does the seat recline fully backward or it is fixed? Be sure that your dog has enough room in the stroller whether the seat is reclined or not. Remember, his size is a determinant.
It is advisable to have a stroller seat that can be reclined for the maximum comfort of your canine friend.
Can the stroller carry your dog safely without putting him in harm’s way? You must check the parts first and make sure they are in good condition, if not you may need to change them.
One more thing put protective measures in place for the safety of the pet like the mesh wires that can be used to shield the front part of the carriage.
What are the household supplies you have? Does the stroller need lots of repairs? What is your budget? The state of the baby stroller determines the tools you need.
It also tells you how much you will spend to get new parts that will be used to put it in good shape. If you already have some of these supplies at home, that will save costs.
Resistance to Weather
Since you will likely go out with your dog under different weather conditions, make a stroller that can resist any harsh weather. So, get parts that are durable and fit for your terrain; rocky, sandy, hilly and so on.
Can it withstand the sunny days during summer or the extreme cold during winter? These factors will help you to make a durable carriage.
Cleaning pet strollers should be a simple and easy task as it is important it is always kept clean. Because of this, make sure you choose parts that can be cleaned easily when you are making the dog carriage. For example, the fabric should be easy to wash.
Weight of The Carriage
You want your pet stroller to be as light as possible, right? This will make navigating it from one place to another easy and more fun.
Now that we have looked at the factors to consider when you want to make dog strollers, let us look at the DIY methods of making one. Shall we?
Video: DIY Dog Stroller
Watch this video to know how to make your own dog stroller.
Supplies You Need
A fairly used jogging stroller that is still in good shape.
- Thread and needle.
- Mesh wires.
- Pieces of fabric.
- Soft forms or cushion.
- Measuring tape.
- Glue (optional).
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods –Step One
Remove any components of the baby stroller that is not useful in making the dog carriage. For example, remove the baby straps like the one used to cross in between the baby’s legs; you don’t need it.
However, if you do need it, then you can leave it. If you don’t need the seat probably because you are making a container as a replacement, now is the time to remove it. But care must be taken not to damage the frame or other essential components of the baby stroller in the process.
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Two
Check if the seat can be reclined; for small dogs, this is not a problem. But if your dog is big, unscrew the nuts that keep it in place and check if it can be adjusted or flattened. If you cannot adjust the seat, then you might need to find another stroller.
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Three
Measure the length and width of the front part of the baby stroller. This is where the baby’s legs are meant to be, but you don’t need them anymore. So, you are going to cover all openings to prevent your dog’s leg from been stuck inside. Also, measure the inner space where your dog will likely sit.
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Four
Using measurements you took previously in step three above, measure the soft form or cushion and cut the right size. This will be used to cover those holes formerly made for the baby’s legs. It will also serve as a comfortable base for your pet.
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Five
Measure the washcloth or pieces of fabric, and cut the size required that will be used to wrap the soft foam or cushion mentioned in step four above. Make sure you cut extra inches of the fabric so that it can cover the whole length of the form.
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Six
Using a thread and needle, sew the piece of fabric around the foam or cushion edge to edge. Ensure you close all open edges with the foam and fabric. Remember to choose materials that are easy to wash after each use.
Note that sewing should be done in the interior part of the carriage and not on the outside.
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Seven
Now measure the length of your dog’s leash from the back of the baby stroller. You should measure the correct length that your dog needs, put his size into consideration.
As a guide, measure the length of leash that will allow your dog to stand, lie down, or sit while still secured with the leash.
Note that your dog’s leash should always be fastened to the stroller and tied around his collar so he doesn’t leave or fall off the carriage.
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Eight
Measure your dog leash and cut the right size following the measurement you already took above
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Nine
Attach the leash by sewing it to the belt or harness at the back of the stroller’s frame. If you are sewing, you must be careful not to prick your finger or better still use thimbles and a large needle for sewing.
How To Make A Dog Stroller – DIY Methods Step Ten
Using the measurements from step three above, cut mesh wire. Then attach them to the canopy or hood of stroller using hooks, glue or any other adhesive of your choice; for your dog’s safety.
You must ensure that they are fastened tightly to the canopy and the frame for your pet’s maximum protection.
Check the following parts:
Since dog strollers are made from used jogging strollers, there is a need to check the tires. Fix or change tires depending on what you notice is wrong with them.
Sometimes, they are worn out from previous use. The handle must be strong enough for easy navigation of the carriage. If there is anything that you can do to make it fit to carry your pet, do it. But if there is none, consider changing the carriage for a better one.
Note that you can also design a carriage seat for dogs from your old shopping cart or any other plastic container that can support his weight.
You can personalize your dog stroller to fit any design you want for your pet or to match your style. You can add any compartment of your choice to suit your needs.
For example, space for bottles, trash bags, and so on. The most important thing is to ensure your buddy is comfortable and safe in his new carriage.
Sometimes, your buddy might not like the idea of riding in a stroller. But with some training, this will be over; it might take a while but eventually, it will be a smooth sail.
How To Make A Dog Stroller — Related FAQs
What Is The Difference Between A Dog Stroller And A Baby Stroller?
A dog stroller is a carrier with wheels that is made for your dog and can be pushed by you. It is perfect for old dogs, sick or disabled dogs, and dogs that are too shy to get out of the house. A dog stroller will let your dog exercise as well as provide rest when it needs it.
The difference between a dog stroller and a baby stroller is that a dog stroller does not require a harness to secure the dog. Rather you secure the dog by clipping its leash to the dog stroller.
Can I Put My Dog in A Baby Stroller?
You can put your dog in a baby stroller if the weight of the dog does not exceed the maximum weight of the stroller. Tiny dogs have no problem fitting into a baby stroller. Their weight and size are ideal for most baby strollers.
If you are having troubles trying to fit a big sized dog into a stroller seat, recline the seat to a near flat position. This will give the dog more room to fit in.
A baby stroller with an adjustable top can be easily adjusted to a dog stroller. Ensure you seal up all holes on the base of the stroller seat so the dog’s leg or paw does not get stuck in it.
Are Dog Strollers A Good Idea?
A dog stroller is a good idea because it gives you the ability to have long walks with your dog without stressing the dog. It is a clever way to move your old dog around while having fun with them. Having your dog stroll with you in a stroller increases the bond between you and them. It makes the old dog feel young again.
A dog stroller is the most convenient way to take your dog to visit the Vet doctor. The stroller makes the dog feel secure and you do not have to pull a lease to control the dog.
How Do You Train A Dog to Walk with A Stroller?
To train your dog to walk with a stroller, take the following steps:
- Train the dog to walk on a leash. A six feet long leash is perfect because it lets the dog adjust to your pace.
- Gradually introduce the stroller. Allow the dog to get comfortable with the stroller at its own pace. Keep the stroller next to the dog and allow it to sniff the stroller. Place some treats around the stroller to help the dog get more comfortable. However, you do not want the dog to mistake the stroller as a treat tray.
- Test drive with the stroller. Attach the leash to the stroller and ensure you keep an eye on the dog always, as you walk.
How Do I Train My Dog To Ride In A Stroller?
To train your dog to ride in a dog stroller, follow these steps:
- Place the stroller in the dog’s path; somewhere in the house where the dog can easily investigate it. Leave it there for a few days and let the dog get comfortable with it.
- Entice the dog to get friendly with the stroller. Place the dog’s favorite treats and toys next to it. Give the dog more treats as it gets accustomed to the stroller.
- After the dog feels relaxed next to the stroller, pick up the dog, and put it in the stroller. Put some toys and treats inside to keep the dog distracted.
- Slowly move the stroller around to get the dog used to the feeling.
Where Can I Take My Dog in A Stroller?
Outdoor events are the best places to take your pets in a stroller. That way, your dog can see and sniff new things. Here’s a list of places you can take your dog in the stroller:
- Outdoor events
- Walk around the block
- Visit to the Vet doctor
- Pet grooming store
People who live in a pet-friendly environment can take the dog on a stroller to just anywhere. However, there might be legal limitations as to where you are allowed to enter with your pet.
Are Dog Strollers Better Than Pet Carriers?
Dog strollers are better than pet carriers. They are ideal for walking your dogs and convenient for jogging with your dogs. Also, they make it easy to go running with old dogs. Dog strollers provide adequate comfort for your dogs, allowing them to have a visual feel of their environment without feeling like they are being caged.
Pet carriers, on the other hand, are for traveling with dogs. However, they do not provide as much comfort for your dogs.
What Type of Wheels Are Best for A Dog Stroller?
The best type of wheels for your dog strollers are the air-filled rubber wheels. They have impressive traction and are ideal for taking your dog on long walks or runs. Additionally, they provide amazing comfort to your dog on bumpy roads.
Air-filled rubber wheels are also perfect for off the road stroll. The front lock mechanism provides better stability to the stroller. This makes it possible to hook the stroller to a bike and take a ride with your pet, on-board.
Other types of stroller wheels are plastic (or EVA stroller wheel) and air ride stroller wheel. The plastic stroller wheel is suited for the paved and smooth roads as they have very little traction. On the other hand, air ride wheels have large wheels (12 inches) making them ideal for bumpy terrains.