How to choose a carrier for my dog

The carrier is a fundamental element if we want to travel with our dog, take it on vacation with us or bring it to the veterinarian safely and without problems. To ensure that transport is as comfortable as possible for our dog, we must choose the most suitable cabin for him. Therefore, in this article we give you the keys so that you know how to choose a carrier for your dog correctly.

Steps to follow:


The first thing you should know is that there are several types of carriers, each with a different function. There are plastic, padded, cloth, rigid, bag type and with wheels. So, the most important thing is to limit the use that you will give to this add-on. Once you know what you are going to use the transporter for, you can start the search.


The size of the dog is a determining factor when choosing a carrier. Thus, you must measure your dog both high and wide as long to choose the cabin that best suits him. The ideal is that the dog can move without problems inside the carrier, stand up without his ears and head touching the roof, lie down naturally and be able to stretch his legs comfortably. Think that if you are going to make long trips, your dog should go as comfortable as possible. In addition, for air travel, the IATA (International Air Transport Association) stipulates that they must be rigid and meet these movement conditions so that the dog can embark.


If your dog is of big breed, you probably want the carrier to travel by car or other means of transport. In these cases, travel with your dog, the best habitat is the rigid one, manufactured with resistant and quality materials. This type of transportines are perfect for all types of trips. You only have to take into account the previous movement indications and the weight of your dog, since the cabin must carry a weight equal to or greater than that of your dog.


For dogs of medium or small breed, in case of wanting to make long trips, the same thing happens as with large breed dogs, you should choose a rigid carrier that complies with the previous norms. In all cases, it is recommended that you enter a mattress for comfort of your dog in the cabin. Prepare well the carrier and travel without problems.


In the case of small breeds, transporters are often wanted to take them to the vet, go for a walk with them or take short trips. For this, a padded or bag-shaped cabin is perfect, because you can carry it hanging on your arm and your dog can rest without problems.

If you opt for this type of transport, you should keep in mind the size of your dog and, above all, that it has a ventilation system. Do not buy a completely closed bag or stroller, it should allow free circulation of air.


For short trips with large dogs, a padded or foldable carrier is also a good option, because they take up little space at home and are very comfortable for the dog. Ensuring maximum comfort for your dog during trips, whether short, medium or long, is essential to avoid major problems, such as anxiety or stress, and this can only be achieved by choosing the right transport.