Although many pet owners refer to their pets as “fur babies,” it’s not common to see them pushing their pets around in prams. However, some believe that this could be changing.
Cassini Leung from Brisbane, Mochi, a Japanese spitz of two years, decided to give it a shot six months ago after her dog became “skittish” in new areas.
“At first, I was a little unsure about it, but when I saw the results, that Mochi would be safer and we could go to a lot of places with him, I was for it,” Ms. Leung said to ABC Radio Brisbane.
Mochi can have trouble in unfamiliar environments that are full of people, cars, or sounds. The pram helps to make it more comfortable and provides a safe environment.
“I believe that’s the best combination of both,” Ms. Leung stated.
“He can go outside, smell the air and enjoy the surroundings without being scared.
She explained that Mochi had not been exposed to different environments as a puppy. Hence, the pram was a way to introduce him to new environments and help him form positive associations with them.
Ms. Leung stated that while pet prams may be more common in other countries, she is still seeing more of them.
However, not everyone is willing to accept her. She was approached by strangers, who said that dogs are meant to be walked on the ground, not in prams.
Why choose a pram?
A dog may use a pram for many reasons. They might be elderly, disabled, in pain, recovering from surgery, or just timid.
Dog owners should avoid taking their pups out for long walks.
Sarah Williams, a New South Wales dog owner, said that Buddy, her four-legged and three-wheeled companion, enjoys riding in her pram around Newtown now that he cannot walk due to health issues.
She said, “I bought him the pram for his arthritis and a bowed leg three years ago.”
“It meant that I could take him to the beach or park.
“He is 12 years old now and has several medical conditions that make it difficult for him to move around.
“Using the pram allows us to get our baby out in the fresh air.”
Ms. Williams stated that she had considered using a carrier, but it was too heavy.
Karen Sutch and Craig Frenchman, from Brisbane’s Northside, say that their seven-year-old Chippy will “just stand” and refuse walking.
All three extended family dachshunds will then jump in the pram at that point, especially if it is too hot out.
They can’t be thrown in a stroller.
Dr. Dyer stated that people should be careful when using prams. He suggested being with the animal in the pram and not leaving them out in the sun.
She advised that dogs be kept in the pram so they can’t jump out. However, the restraint shouldn’t be attached to the pram.
Dr. Dyer stated that dogs might need to be trained to use prams, and it could take time to get used to this new sensation.
She said that some dogs might find it stressful. You would need to determine how your dog reacts.
“If they are really afraid of it, don’t use a stroller.”