A dog sling carrier is a piece of equipment used to hold pets hands-free when traveling. It is also convenient to use when a dog can’t manage to walk due to health issues like arthritis and fibromyalgia. It helps injured or ill dogs get around in public safely. A pup with separation anxiety may also feel more secure when carried using a sling.
Dog slings come in different types of fabrics, styles, and colors. But more than anything, a sling should be comfortable for both the owner and the pet. It does not necessarily have to be on the higher end for it to be considered the best because there are affordable slings that are as good as the expensive ones. To help you find the right one for your pooch, we listed down some of the best ones we found in the market:
1. YUDODO Sling Carrier
- Available in small and medium sizes
- Adjustable strap
- Reflective strip
- Combination of leather and mesh
- Padded shoulder strap
- With reinforced buckle at the back
- Comes in six colors
- With non-woven fabric bag and another zipper bag for protection
Pros: It comes in two sizes: the small one can hold up to 5 lbs. while the medium size can carry up to 10 lbs. It’s ideal for the majority of small breeds, like Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Yorkshire Terriers.
What we liked about this sling is you can hang it nicely since the strap is padded and can be easily adjusted. It has a sporty and stylish look, making it suitable for short hikes. The strip on the front is reflective, making it easy for your dog to be seen when traveling at night.
Cons: The largest size can only hold up to 10 lbs. (4 kilograms), so if you have a pup weighing around 12 lbs., which still falls under the “small breed category,” this one may not be the best sling carrier to buy.
Plus, it would have been better if there’s a pouch inside where you can put more important belongings or treats for pets. The pouch on the front side was only made for holding a phone.
2. TOMKAS Carrier Sling
- Size: 23.6 by 10.5 inches
- For pets weighing 10 lbs. and below
- With a ring for attaching pet’s collar
Pros: A #1 Best Seller on Amazon, this reversible sling comes with a small pocket on the front where you can place your valuables like your coin purse, keys, and phone. One of the sides is made of thin fabric, making it ideal to put on your fur baby when it’s hot outside.
The other side, which is a thicker one, is more suitable when your fur baby needs to feel a bit warmer when outdoors. Marketed as a “travel bag tote,” it’s pretty much like a big purse where you can put your pet in, but minus the back or neck strain. The safety rope attached to the side will make your pet more secure.
Simply attach the ring of your harness on the safety rope so your pooch stays in place as you walk. Pet parents recommend using a harness instead of a collar so the dog will not end up being hanged just in case he tries to jump out of it.
Cons: It’s made of lightweight material, which makes it air-permeable and easy to clean. But if your pooch is super active and has the tendency to jump out of the sling, consider getting a carrier made of more durable fabric. If you want to make your pet more secure, buy a sling made of heavyweight polyester.
3. Pet Carrier by Pecute
- Wear-resistant oxford cloth
- Breathable mesh for sticking pet’s head out
- With safety rope for collar/harness
- Adjustable buckle on the shoulder strap
Pros: The fabric used for the outer part is 600D Oxford, a type of polyester known for its durability. Although it’s thick, it is breathable. This is the reason why many manufacturers often use it for making backpacks and slings. What’s nice about the oxford cloth is that it is moisture-proof, so you will not have to worry about your pet being wet in case it rains outside.
The window or the portion where the dog can stick his head out can also be adjusted so he will feel comfortable while in it. What’s nice about the product information page is it also indicates the recommended height limit. Others only mention the maximum weight allowed.
Cons: It is slightly pricier than the other slings we have on the list, but if you’re after quality, this one will be worth the purchase. You can guarantee this can be used for longer periods since it’s made of strong and durable material.
4. SlowTon Pet Sling Carrier
- For pets weighing 9 lbs. and below
- Padded bottom
- Strap made of thick sponge
- Two zipper pockets
- Cotton material
Pros: The unique feature of this sling carrier is its padded base. Some carriers don’t have this and you will even have to put a blanket on the bottom just so they will not be too flat. While sturdy, its ergonomic bearing board is a bit curved so your pet will stay comfortable while he’s in it.
Another thing you will like about it is that you will not find in many other carriers is that you can choose to hold it in either your left or right shoulder. Both the interior and the exterior are made of soft cotton that’s easy to clean.
Cons: It is well-made but some users find the board bending after several uses. This has something to do with the fact that the base is curved on purpose. The solution here is to add a small blanket for added depth. Or if you are worried about accidents while the pet is inside, a pee pad will be better to put there than a towel or a blanket.
5. Reversible Pet Sling Carrier by Alfie
- 9 inches in depth
- Can hold up to 12 lbs.
- With hook for collar
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Comes in grey and denim design
Pros: This one looks a lot like a sling wrap for babies. It does not look like most pet slings, since the usual ones you see look more like bags where there’s a window for sticking the head out. This one will keep your pooch closer to you, which is nice especially if you have an injured dog or senior dog needing more care.
This one is also ideal for pets with separation anxiety. The strap is long enough to be easily adjusted. The seams are well-sewn and the bag itself is sturdy enough to make your pooch feel at ease. The best part is you can wear it two ways since it is reversible.
Cons: There’s a tendency a dog will easily fall out of it, since it does not come with a “window” where your pet can stick his head out. This one is ideal for short trips but not for long walks with your pooch.
Tips in Buying/Using Sling Carriers
Make use of all safety features like collar or harness hooks. The last thing you’ll want to happen is to see your pet jump out of the sling. This can possibly happen, especially if your dog is not used to being held with a carrier. Remember that not all dogs will have the same reaction in being on a sling. Some will love it while some may feel like they are stuck that they would rather walk than be on a carrier.
Check the maximum height or weight allowed for each product. Keep an eye on all the dimensions of your preferred sling. Do note that pet slings are only recommended for pups or small breeds of dogs. Larger ones should be in a stroller and not a carrier.
Read both helpful and critical reviews before buying. You can also ask questions from the manufacturer or from previous buyers before making a purchasing decision. Having to return a faulty product is time-consuming.
Don’t forget to give your pooch his bathroom breaks. But just to be sure, keep a pee pad in handy just in case you’re outdoors for hours. This is why it helps to have a sling with space for storing your pet’s stuff like his wipes or his treats.
A good carrier should be both stylish and functional. If you’re looking for a sling carrier, consider the kind of fabric used as well as the ease of cleaning the material. Mesh and cotton are two of the most breathable and easy to wash fabrics but when it comes to durability, oxford cloth is definitely a winner.
Your pet’s safety is the most important thing to consider when selecting one for your fur baby. Always choose durable products when shopping for pet gear.