Would you use a wagon for your dog? It’s hard for me being an active person while my senior dog is … not so active.
Can you relate?
I miss my canine workout buddy. My black Lab mix Ace and I were running buddies for years, but today he can only go along for short, slow walks.
It sucks going for walks (and especially running) without my dog.
Sure, I run with my young dog Remy and I do, but I feel guilty leaving Ace behind all the time.
Of course, there are wonderful things about having an older dog …
For example, our main activity is spooning on the floor watching TV. It’s what Ace and I do basically all weekend.
But still, I hate having to leave my old guy behind all the time when I head out for walks.
What about using a STROLLER for an old dog?
Ace is not small. He’s 70 pounds. Could you picture me pulling a Lab-sized dog in a wagon? 🙂
And yes, dog strollers do exist.
Check out Piri the senior cocker spaniel on Instagram and the blog Winding Ridge Lane. He rocks a stroller from Gen7Pets:
Wagons for dogs
Have you heard of Poh the Dog’s Big Adventure?
Poh rides in a wagon.
Dog stroller or wagon for old dogs on Amazon
I’m not sure which brand Poh’s wagon is, but I’ve found a few on Amazon that look similar. This is what I’m considering for Ace.
I don’t think I could bring myself to push my dog in a stroller mostly because of his size, but I think Ace and I could pull off a wagon.
I see these wagons and carts around. Mostly they’re used by parents toting their kids’ stuff to the beach or wherever.
It says on Amazon it can hold up to 150 pounds. Ace is 70.
I’m not sure I would actually use this or if I’d be too embarrassed.
But walks with Ace are only about a mile or less these days. A wagon or cart would allow him to tag along more often with Josh, Remy and I.
What is the best dog stroller?
There are actually a lot of dog strollers to choose from.
My favorite based on what I hear from others is the dog stroller from Gen7Pets.
You can see that it is durable, rugged and good quality, and it’s conveniently available on Amazon.
The Gen7Pets Pet Jogger Stroller is designed to hold up to 75 pounds, so it could work for some large breed dogs. It is also able to hold two smaller dogs.
But honestly, going with the simple wagon might be best for a large, senior dog. Some will hold up to 150 pounds.
Do any of you have a wagon or stroller for your dogs?
I have to say … living in San Diego, it’s not all that odd to see dogs in strollers. I see it probably at least every three weeks so it doesn’t faze me anymore.
I used to be like, “Josh, can you BELIEVE that?”
Now I’ve adapted to southern California.
Granted, it’s always a small dog in the stroller. But, you know.
Oh, and another thing with San Diego is we can walk (and pull a wagon) year round. Although, we do have hills.
Are dog strollers allowed in stores?
It depends on where you live. In most cases, if the dog is quiet and calm most store owners and customers will probably just look the other way or not even notice.
In San Diego, it was definitely normal to see small dogs in strollers while shopping, especially in strip mall type buildings. It was also common to see dogs in public at outdoor restaurants, including dogs in strollers.
However, dogs are typically not allowed in grocery stores, even if they are in a stroller. If the sign says “no dogs allowed” then they are not allowed, even if they’re in a stroller.
Whether or not this is actually enforceable by law is another question. But it’s probably best to respect the business owner’s policy unless you have an actual service dog.
Do you use a wagon or stroller for your dog?
Would you ever buy something like this for a dog?
Let me know in the comments!
Update: Sadly, the two senior dogs Piri and Poh featured in this post have died, as well as my senior dog Ace.