Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Tips for getting pets used to your pet stroller

Did you get a pet stroller for Christmas? Most people will find their pets take to pet strollers immediately, but for those of you with change-resistant pets, don't fret! Here are some easy tips to help your pet with his or her new pet stroller:
  • Only put the pet in the pet stroller when you are taking them outside. Your pet should associate the pet stroller with the enjoyment of being out of doors rather than with being confined indoors.
  • Try leaving the pet stroller open and available to your pet with some treats (or for cats, catnip) inside the stroller. Let him or her explore the pet stroller and get to the treats inside. Be sure to lock the wheels so it doesn't move as your cat or dog explores it (and only consider pet strollers with lockable wheels for safety's sake).
  • Reward your pet with a treat the first couple of times you use the pet stroller.
  • Pet strollers are great for taking pets to crowded or hectic environments, but plan your first couple of trips to nearby destinations that are quieter and at times that are less busy. Let your pet get used to the new stroller experience without too much hustle and bustle.
  • As with any change to a pet's habits, be sure to give it a couple of times for him or her to adjust. We had one customer report that their dachshund was nervous the first two times they used the pet stroller, but by the second week he was waiting at the stroller when they got home from work. Even funnier is that he "acted like royalty" being pushed around in the pet stroller with his head held high.

Hope these tips help. If you have any other questions, please let us know!


Anonymous said...

Thank You so much for these tips! I just ordered a pet stroller yesterday for my cats. I'm plnning to try these tips once I get my pet stroller! Thanks Again!

Pet Lover said...

Glad you found the tips helpful. if we can help further, let us know. And if you discover any tips to offer, please do!

Anonymous said...

My 5 year old Dachsund just went through back sugery.. The pet stroller allows us both not to be confined to the house.. great idea!!