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How to Choose the Best Pet Carrier

We can all agree that pets have become members of our families.  Pet parents see their pets as companions, taking them to the office, running errands, visiting friends and family, and traveling to distances both near and far. But to take your little ones anywhere, you need a quality pet carrier. In this article, we will focus on pet carriers for small breed dogs, including Malteses, Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Yorkshire Terriers, Poodles, and small dogs rescued from shelters.  The question arises: how do you choose the best pet carrier?

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Criteria for Choosing the Best Pet Carrier

There are a number of criteria to consider when making this decision. Think about:

  • Safety and comfort. The most important criteria for pet carriers is that your pet feels safe and comfortable in it. 
  • Height and length. Naturally, the size of your pet is a crucial thing to consider when buying a pet carrier. Check the pet’s height when standing and its length in order to find the most appropriate-sized pet carrier. Ideally, while in the carrier, the pet should be able to stand, turn around, and flex its limbs without having to crouch. This is especially vital for long trips. 
  • Weight. You should know how much your dog weighs since many pet carriers have weight limits. 

Pet Carriers for Long-Distance Transportation

Another thing to consider is how you will be using the pet carrier. Will it just be used to take your pet to the vet a couple of times a year? Or, if you will be flying with your pet, then you have to make sure the pet carrier fits within the airline specifications for storing it under the seat.  Will you be using public transportation?  Will you be walking and carrying your pet in the carrier?  Answers to these questions will determine which pet carrier you should be using. 


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We at A Pet with Paws have lots of carriers to choose from. Perhaps you can consider a pet carrier from A Pet with Paws along with their patent-pending Pet-Trek, a four-spinner-wheel folding trolley that moves in any direction like four-spinner-wheel luggage, thereby taking the weight off the pet owners’ shoulders and back. The Pet-Trek is designed to work seamlessly with all of A Pet with Paws’ pet carriers, enabling pet owners to transport their pets safely, comfortably, and effortlessly. 

The Best Pet Carrier for Anxious Dogs


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Your pet’s temperament is another aspect to consider. If your dog is anxious, would they feel better if their pet carrier has multiple mesh sides for greater visibility and ventilation?  Or would it be more calming for them if the pet carrier has adjustable privacy flaps like these quilted denim pet carriers?                        

Getting Used to Carriers

Buying the pet carrier is one thing; getting your pet to love it is another. It can sometimes feel difficult and tiresome because most pets feel nervous when they are forced into a small space. Therefore, it’s best to start training them while they’re young. This will eliminate the fear, and they might even begin to enjoy the ride!

You do not want to force your pet inside a carrier. Instead, allow your dog to get accustomed and adapt to the small space of the pet carrier so the animal feels comfortable. A great idea would be to leave your pet carrier open and let your doggy just hang out in it when you’re at home. Your pet will slowly adapt so, the next time you’re traveling, it will be an enjoyable experience for both of you. 

Pick the Look

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We know your dog is stylish just as much you are, so you should carefully choose the look of the pet carrier. You don’t want just a bulky box with mesh and handles, right? You need a chic and savvy pet carrier, the one that will make a fashion statement! Choose a carrier that fits your lifestyle, perhaps one that looks like a purse or handbag. If you prefer a pet carrier that is sophisticated, resembles a luxury designer handbag, and includes the functionality, safety, and comfort of a pet carrier, then check out the Madison and Coco styles. They’re also eco-conscious and made of fabric from recycled plastic bottles and cruelty-free materials.

Final Thoughts

Now you know what you should keep in mind when choosing a carrier. Most importantly, you need a carrier that can fulfill both your and your pet’s needs, and that’s exactly what A Pet With Paws can offer. Visit our website for more information, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
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