5 Ergonomic Pet Carriers That Provide Comfort For You Too!
Small dog owners can get away with taking their dogs so many places. But dogs are more welcome visitors to commercial areas when they're carried by their owners. Notice how employees treat your dog when he's at your waist level as opposed to when he's at your feet. Makes sense, dogs can't pee on merchandise when they're in pet carriers.
But your shoulders get sore and tired carrying your pet around in a handbag or shoulder bag, and besides they make it hard to shop! Here are 5 ergonomic pet carriers that will keep your body balanced, your hands free, and make your small pet (up to 12 pounds) a bit more secure. The heavier your dog, of course, the more support you should expect from a carrier.
1. Outward Hound Legs Out Front Carrier
A little more compact for your small dog, the Outward Hound Leg Out Front Carrier makes a snug, safe, place for your pup to be centered as the obvious center of attention. Good, well-balanced fit for you and your dog.
The brightly colored Striped Cosmos Leg Out Front Carrier has a nice infant style that makes carrying your dog a breeze. Although the straps are not padded, adjusting the straps is a breeze and the design distributes the weight nicely.
3. Kyjen Outward Hound Sling-Go Pet Sling
The Outward Hound Pet Sling balances the weight of your dog (up to 12 pounds) between one shoulder and the opposite hip. It's not a balance made in heaven, but it's much better ergonomically than a totally one-sided shoulder bag. The neat features of the Pet Sling are that your hands are free, your dog (or other pet) is where you can see and pet him, and it folds up really neatly so that you can hide it, when he's ready to walk. Available at Amazon.com here and PetSmart.
4. Petego Xpack Front Or Back Carrier
Here's a versatile pet carrier that seems like it's strong and provides good support for your pet. The Petego Xpack can even be used as a as a car seat. It's definitely ergonomic, flexible, sturdy, and has several pockets for your dog's stuff and your own. Inside, which opens to 12x12x12 inches, there is a reversible "floor mat" for winter/summer use.
5. Outward Hound Pet-A-Roo Front Pet Carrier
Right up front where you can see her, your pet will enjoy watching the world go by, and you can enjoy watching her watch.... The Pet-A-Roo Front Pet Carrier comes in Blue, Red, Black and Green and is selling at Amazon.com and PetSmart.
Carry your dog safely....
That's the buzz for today!
Originally published February 2010 and updated April 2015.