The 10 Best Dog Sling Carriers

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This wiki has been updated 31 times since it was first published in October of 2015. With one of these sling carriers, you can keep your pet with you while you’re out and about, instead of enduring sad puppy dog eyes as you walk out the door to run errands or visit friends. Not only will your pup be safe and comfortable, but you'll also have a fashionable and functional new accessory. Many of these models have handy features like utility pockets or drawstring safety nets. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Yudodo Mesh

2. Slowton Drawstring

3. Halovie Hands Free

Editor's Notes

December 15, 2020:

Sling carriers for your dogs can offer plenty of comfort and convenience, but the typical cotton and polyester varieties can make their occupants uncomfortably warm in muggy weather or tropical climates. That's why we've added the Halovie Hands Free, a roomy option with breathable mesh sides that make it a great choice for hotter weather. Its top flap has two zipper pull tabs to help you open it quickly, and can be rolled up and secured with a strap that snaps in place. Our #1 pick, the Yudodo Mesh, also offers great airflow, but it's better suited to dogs that need to be swaddled closely; the Halovie will work better for pups that appreciate a looser fit.

Of course, the wearer's comfort is also an important concern, which is why we got rid of the Tomkas Travel and the Alfie Chico, both of which use a bulky metal ring to adjust the length of their shoulder straps. Many customers have noted that this feature can be quite uncomfortable since it tends to bump up against the collarbone. You're most likely better off with models like the Slowton Drawstring, the BuddyTastic Reversible, or the Retro Pug Travel Puppy, which use flat plastic buckles that don't dig into your skin in the same way. The Retro Pug is also quite sturdy, with a 20-pound weight limit, and has a mesh drawstring safety net to help stop escape attempts.

The last new addition in this update is the Precious Cargo PC-S-104, which offers tons of zippered pocket space for things like cell phones, wallets, and dog treats, meaning you won't need to carry around a separate bag for all that stuff. It's got a strap with a large length adjustment range, and a comfortable pad for your shoulder.

We've looked at lots of other gear for taking your pooch on the go, including weather protection like raincoats and booties, as well as bike transport options like baskets and trailers. And if you're noticing that your dog is getting harder to hoist in a sling, you can always peruse our list of canine treadmills.

December 06, 2019:

Before you get too far from home with any pet sling, you'll need to give it a good test to see if your companion fits well and is willing to stay inside. Both of you need to be comfortable with the sling so your pet doesn't jump out and get injured or you don't hurt any muscles.

The best option for you ultimately depends on the size and temperament of your dog. We added the Yudodo Mesh because it safely encloses your pet more than any others for true hands-free confidence. It's ideal for reigning in wriggly pets, but may not be good choice if your dog isn't comfortable with enclosed spaces.

We also included the Slowton Drawstring because it's also extra secure, but the drawstring closure gives you the option of leaving the opening a little looser. This one has a spongier padding for the shoulders that most other choices available.

Special Honors

Snooty Pooch Boutique Custom Leather Those who consider their pet's tote as much a fashion accessory as their purse or earrings can get this luxury bag made to order from Snooty Pooch Boutique. It's available in classic and understated styles like black patent leather or brown suede, as well as more eye-popping options like metallic blue or pink leopard print. The interior is lined with plush fabric so that your furry companion stays cozy.

4. Kangapooch Small Dog

5. Precious Cargo PC-S-104

6. Retro Pug Travel Puppy

7. Alfie Pet Amos

8. Puppy Eyes Waterproof

9. BuddyTastic Reversible

10. Bro Bear iPet

The Benefits Of A Dog Sling Carrier

Some may wonder why things like any kind of dog carriers are necessary.

When people see dog owners carrying their pet around in a sling, they may wonder why that person didn't just use a pet carrier. But sometimes, people are already carrying too many items between their purse, a briefcase, and/or a backpack, and don't have a spare hand to hold a dog bag. Even if they do, they may prefer to have a hand free to answer their phone or reach for a door handle.

Some dogs also suffer from canine claustrophobia and simply do not like to be confined inside of a bag. Dog owners who sometimes carry their pets in bags should be aware of symptoms of canine claustrophobia, like if their dog vomits or trembles every time they're put in a small space.

Even if a dog doesn't struggle with small spaces, the feeling of walking around on what they perceive as a floor (the bottom of the bag) that is moving can be very frightening for them, so holding them close to the owner's chest, where they feel secure and can look around, is a better option.

Some may wonder why things like any kind of dog carriers are necessary. Depending on the breed, some dogs don't have the same stamina that their owners do. So people who like to bring their pet with them everywhere they go could be subjecting their dog to more physical activity than is comfortable for them if they make them walk the entire time.

Dogs that are used to tagging along on all of their human's activities probably like to be near their owner, so they usually enjoy the way a sling carrier holds them tight to their human companion. Plus, dogs are calmed by pheromones, which humans emit strongly from their armpits. Finally, as people know from dogs who insist on sticking their heads on the car window, these animals love to see what their owner sees. A dog sling carrier lets a dog sit on the front of their owner's chest, so they always know what's coming.

How To Pick The Best Sling For You

Always check the weight limit on sling carriers and, for the dog's safety, make sure they don't exceed it. Those with sensitive backs should consider a sling with a waist strap to help balance the load. People with escape artists for dogs should get a sling that can zip up to thwart any attempts on the pet's part to jump out.

Those with sensitive backs should consider a sling with a waist strap to help balance the load.

Dog owners should keep in mind that their pet is covered in fur, so adding a layer of fabric can make their animal too warm. Fortunately, some slings are made from breathable fabric. A good rule to go by is this: if a dog doesn't need a sweater in the winter, they probably do require breathable fabric.

A sling can double as a hands-free type of purse, too. Pet owners who need to carry a lot of items for their dog should look for a sling that has pockets. In addition to considering other tips for camping with a dog, people who love to bring their pet into the great outdoors should get a weather-resistant sling. And owners with mischievous pets who love to roll in the dirt will appreciate a model that is machine washable.

It's not always convenient to carry one's dog on the front of one's body, which is why some slings can accommodate front, back and side carrying. For the fashionista dog lovers, there are countless pet product designers who make models in trendy styles to match any outfit.

The Importance Of The Dog/Human Relationship

Keeping a dog around isn't just fun and adorable; it can also be good for one's health. Petting a dog for just 30 seconds can lower your blood pressure, making you instantly feel calmer. That's why many hospitals and rehabilitation centers schedule regular visits with therapy dogs for their patients. Having a dog can also boost heart health, since pet owners who might not be inclined to exercise will still need to walk their furry friend several times a day.

Dogs can be especially beneficial for senior citizens, and other groups of individuals who don't socialize enough. Dogs force people who might otherwise stay inside all day to socialize, whether it's at the dog park, or just on a walk. There are several ways in which having a dog can fight depression, but the most simple one is the sense of responsibility that a pet brings to one's life. When someone is struggling with low self-esteem and feelings of self-worth, knowing how much joy and comfort they provide for their dog can be immensely reassuring.

Dogs are wonderful for the development of children, too. Many studies have found that children who grow up in households with dogs have fewer allergies and report fewer sick days. Dogs can also help children with ADHD. By playing with them, dogs help kids with ADHD get out some of their excess energy, which can help them focus better.

Fred Naumann
Last updated by Fred Naumann

Fred is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago, and a lifelong bookworm with a love of genre fiction. Since receiving his degree in Biology from the University of Vermont, he’s worked as a student loan counselor, a remittance processor for an industrial supply firm, and a traveling farmhand. A passion for the laughter of strangers has given him several years of experience performing and teaching improv comedy, and much of his free time is spent inventing absurd scenarios on stage. Fred also hikes, skis, and records a weekly Dungeons and Dragons podcast with a group of longtime friends. His areas of expertise include gaming, gardening, outdoor gear, literature, and pop culture

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