10 Best Dog Carriers to Keep Your Pet with You While You Travel

Dogs love to travel and taking them along in dog carriers can make the whole experience more enjoyable for the both of you

A carrier with a bed is a great way to transport your pet and keep it comfortable during long trips. Your dog should feel safe and secure in a carrier, so choosing the proper one is crucial.

Dog carriers are ideal for smaller breeds as well as for slightly larger dogs. You should pay close attention to the size of a carrier before you actually purchase one. You do not want your dog to feel uncomfortable and restricted in it, do you?

With so many dog carriers available in the market today, finding the perfect one should not be a problem. There are plenty of models, sizes, and designs to choose from and your pet will absolutely adore it at home.

**You'll find more detailed reviews on each product below. You can also click the links above to check prices or read customer reviews on Amazon**

Choosing the Best Dog Carriers

For getting the best selection, firstly, you need to measure your dog. Surely, your dog will be laying down most of the time if you go for a bag-like carrier, but since comfort is the priority, you have to know the exa ct size of your four-legged friend.

Your pet should not feel trapped because that will make them very nervous.

Therefore, make sure you take the measurements precisely and go over them before you order the carrier. Always keep in mind that dog carriers should be large enough for your dog is able to turn around in them.

Secondly, do not just purchase the least expensive, low quality carrier. You want a durable and sturdy product that will last you a long time. More expensive dog carriers often have various designs and colors, so you will have more options to choose from.

Dog slings are also worth mentioning and I personally adore them. They come in so many different colors and patterns, and they are pretty low-key. You can keep them in your purse all the time and use them when needed.

Using the Dog Carrier

Couples of important points you need to know before you put your dog in a carrier and start traveling 

Make Sure Your Pet is Used to It:

Start practicing for a trip at least a couple of weeks before you actually hit the road. Leave the carrier in your living room and let your pet explore it on his or her own.

They will most likely be interested in it so allow them to spend their time both inside and outside of the carrier.

Fresh Air:

Dog carriers should have enough fresh air. If the carrier has a meshed door and at least two windows, the airflow should be all right. As we have previously pointed out, your dog needs to feel comfortable inside of it.

Size is Crucial:

If you cannot fit your dog, and a blanket inside of it, the carrier is too small. Of course, you do not have to go all the way and purchase the biggest carrier available out there.

Make sure your dog measurements are right and find the most suitable carrier that will provide them with enough space.

Keeping It Clean

Proper cleaning depends on the material. If the carrier is made of plastic, simply rinse it off in your bathtub using soap. On the other hand, if you are a fan of dog slings, just put them in a washing machine. Food residues are most difficult to clean.

Ideally, you should wash them after every prolonged usage.

Pet Gear World Traveler Tote Carrier Review

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Although this is a more expensive option for a dog carrier, it has received great reviews from customers who decided to splurge for their dogs. One of the best features of this carrier is that it has built in wheels, so if you are too tired to carry the tote on your shoulder you are more than welcome to roll it around.

However, when the tote is in your shoulder, it does have an adjustable shoulder strap for you to set up for your comfort.

Great air flow is provided by the mesh panels that are located on the sides and ends of the tote.

You can choose size small or large and decide what color you want as well.

Pros:

  • Different sizes available
  • Different colors available
  • Built in wheels
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Mesh liners
  • Easy zip design

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Some customers did not like the wheels, while carrying the tote

2. Fundle Pet Dog Cat Carrier Bag  - Adjustable Strap Red Large Review

Fundle Pet Dog Cat Carrier Bag Adjustable Strap Red Large

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This is a sling, rather than a tote, so it serves somewhat different purpose than the totes. This is nice for a smaller amount of time, since you do not want to carry your puppy without it being able to move at all for a long period of time

. Inside they feel cradled, just how they would in your arms.

It is completely safe for your four-legged baby as it has a built0in safety leash and a meshed removable cover that prevents them for jumping out of the sling. This is fun and unique option if you have a smaller breed dog that you want to carry around close to you.

Pros:

  • The dog feels safe, and cradled next to you
  • Safety features include inside leash
  • The shoulder strap is thickly padded for extra comfort

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Is only useful for small intervals of time
  • Only suitable for very small dogs
SIMPLYPETZ Pet Carrier and Backpack

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As the name states, this is a backpack rather than a carrier. You would carry your dog behind you, with two shoulder straps, like a regular backpack. You can choose the size of the backpack as well as the color.

The backpack, which you can wear in the front if you prefer is made of high quality, water-resistant material.

Pros:

  • Less stress on one shoulder, since the weight is spread out on both shoulders
  • Water-resistant material
  • Two different sizes
  • Different color options

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • For small dog breeds
Glamour Classic Tote Dog Carrier

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This is a great option for the fashionista who wants not just a practical, but fashionable as well. It comes with a removable pad, which is both soft and comfortable for your four-legged bud. It is also airline approved, so you are more than welcome to take your buddy with you inside the airplane.

It has an attached inside leash, so you do not need to worry about them jumping out, they will be secure and you can be at peace with your choice.

Pros:

  • PU Leather-easy to clean
  • Mesh window for your pup’s viewing pleasure
  • Airline approved
  • Attached inside leash
  • Reasonably priced

Cons:

  • Smaller space for your dog
  • PU Leather may not last too long in great condition
Fundle Pet Dog Cat Carrier Bag Review

Editor Rating:

This is something that is in between a messenger bag and a pet sling. It is somewhat bigger than the sling, but still has all the features of one. Your pet will feel nice and warm being next to you, just with a little more freedom.

This is again great for everyday tasks that you can now do with your dog, but do not keep them there too long, since they are dogs and they do like to run around

Pros:

  • The dog feels safe, and cradled next to you
  • Safety features include inside leash
  • The shoulder strap is thickly padded for extra comfort

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Is only useful for small intervals of time
  • Only suitable for very small dogs
Petote Payton Dog Carrier Bag Review

Editor Rating:

Another great option for the fashionista, but one that prefers the classic, understated look. More like a classic purse, but one that your dog can be inside of, and be next to you as you go around town.

Because of it’s classic look, this is a great option for men who want to carry their dogs around also.

Has removable bedding for your pup to enjoy while inside, that is easy washable.

Pros:

  • Classic style for both men and women
  • Soft, durable fabric
  • oft, removable bedding

Cons:

  • Somewhat expensive
  • For small dogs, up to 15 pounds
Glamour Classic Tote Dog Carrier

Editor Rating:

This is the same brand as in another review, but a little bit different style and fabric. Still has all the features, such as it is also airline approved, soft removable pad, as well as the inside leash attachment.

This is a fun style that you can chose to carry your pet in.

Pros:

  • PU Leather-easy to clean
  • Mesh window for your pup’s viewing pleasure
  • Airline approved
  • Attached inside leash
  • Reasonably priced

Cons:

  • Smaller space for your dog
  • PU Leather may not last too long in great condition
Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier

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This is a great option if you just do not have the strength to carry your pet around on your shoulders. This is comfortable for both your pet and you. It comes in different colors and different sizes, however it is only for dogs up to 15 pounds.

Your dog will enjoy being rolled around, as they also have more space to lay down or stand up, while your shoulders will not be aching from the weight of your beloved pet.

Pros:

  • Rolling bag, easier on shoulders
  • Different sizes available
  • Different colors available

Cons:

  • Somewhat expensive
  • Somewhat expensive
Fundle Pet Dog Cat Carrier Bag Adjustable Strap Standard Beige Review

Editor Rating:

This is from the makers of Fundle, the same as a previous review, but just to show that they have more color options, that can be suitable for different people and their styles. Your dog will enjoy being so close to you and help you throughout the day, by just being next to you

Great option for those who have small dogs and who just want ot hold them at all times.

Pros:

  • The dog feels safe, and cradled next to you
  • Safety features include inside leash
  • The shoulder strap is thickly padded for extra comfort

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Is only useful for small intervals of time
  • Only suitable for very small dogs
Portable Airline Dog Crate Pet Carrier review

Editor Rating:

As the name states, this is a great option if you are a frequent flyer and do not wish to leave your dog at home. This is great for those occasions, as they will love going to discover new places with you.

This is also a great option to use when taking your pet to the vet or even to a friends house. Strong and sturdy design.

Pros:

  • Sturdy carrier
  • Reasonable price
  • Good for small-medium sized dogs

Cons:

  • Somewhat heavier than the carriers made out of cloth
  • Not for large breeds

Final Verdict:

We know you love your pet and want to have them around all the time. The decision is up to you, what are you most comfortable with and what is it that you actually prefer. If you want to carry your dog around close by, but can not handle the one shoulder strap, I would suggest getting the Wheel Around Travel Pet Carrier. However, if you decide that you just need a carrier for specific purpose, like air travel or simply getting your dog from here to there and not carry them around too much on your daily life, then I would get the Portable Airline Dog Crate Pet Carrier.

Ultimately, it is up to you and your specific needs. No matter what you get, it will be the right decision for you and your beloved dog. Hope this review helped you come to a decision and the rest is up to you.

Mary Ann
 

Mary Ann is a Pet Care consultant from Pleasant, SC. She is very much passionate writing on pets especially the dog, cat and much more!

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