Are you an avid jogger?
Do you have a dog who’d love to spend more time with you while you’re on your runs?
Even if you have a small, elderly or disabled dog, with a dog stroller specifically made for jogging, you don’t have to make the difficult choice anymore of going out or staying close to your beloved pet.
Getting your furry friend outside every day is important, even if they need help moving!
With so many dog strollers on the market, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choices available.
There are plenty of inexpensive dog carriages with simple functions, but if you want to include your pup in your active lifestyle, then it’s important to find a high-quality stroller that is built specifically for your needs.
The top dog strollers recommended here, although pricier than a lot of standard options, have the durability required for more strenuous activities, including jogging, running and off-road travel.
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Dog Quality Dogger
- Designed for small breeds
- Folds to 38.5"x18.5x24
Directly from Dog Quality
- Suitable for large dogs
- Quick Release Wheels for easy folding
Best Choice Products 2-in-1
- Made for medium size dogs
- Folds to 33"x9.5x28
Pet Gear No-Zip Jogger
- For Small to Med breeds
- Folds to 30"x13x22
- Made for large dogs
- Folds to 37.5"x19.5x31
Wheels: One of the most important features in a jogging stroller is that the front wheel(s) should have the ability to be locked into a fixed position and then unlocked to swivel for maneuverability for normal walking.
Also, the larger the wheels the better – they’re able to take on a variety of terrains including sand, mud and rocks.
Tires: Air-filled tires are best for off-road jogging, providing much more suspension than solid tires.
Solid plastic wheels are fine for shorter, easy rides, but won’t hold up well over rough, uneven terrain.
Suspension: When jogging, especially when going over rough ground or uneven terrain, suspension is so important for your pet’s safety and comfort.
Many of the better built pet jogging strollers come with shock absorbers that soften the bounce.
Handle Height: If you’re on the taller size, having to bend down to push the handle will get uncomfortable. Same for if you’re on the shorter side and having to reach up.
Read reviews to see if the handle height has been an issue for anyone of your similar stature.
Also, keep in mind that you never want to lean on the stroller handle. Doing so may cause the stroller to become unbalanced and tip over backwards.
So, the handle height needs to be at a height you can lightly hold on to without adding unnecessary pressure.
Padding: Even with proper suspension, your dog could bounce around a bit. Padding will be helpful to soften their ride for the utmost comfort.
Storage Space: Luckily, most pet strollers have storage space to carry all your essential supplies: water, treats, waste bags, toys, rain cover, etc.
Keep in mind any additional items, such as a large camera, when deciding if a stroller has adequate storage space for you.
Safety Features: Many dog strollers come with hand brakes, which are great to keep your pup from rolling away while jogging.
And, for added safety, to prevent any accidental escapes, look for a stroller that has an internal leash, or a point that a leash can be attached to.
Weather Cover: Some jogging strollers include a weather cover to shield your pup from rain and cut down on wind. Others offer one sold separately.
If this is an important feature to you, make sure the one you purchase either has one or is compatible to buy one separately.
Size & Weight: Is the stroller’s cabin large enough for your dog to fit comfortably inside? And is the stroller strong enough to hold the weight of your dog?
Keep in mind your dog’s size when he’s full-grown.
You also want to make sure it’s compact and light enough for you to use and carry well. Some strollers also are foldable for easy storage.
Before setting off on a long journey, get your pet used to the stroller by walking short distances at a slower pace and then gradually increase the distance and your pace.
This will not only allow your dog time to acclimate to his new stroller, but it will help you get used to your new jogging style with having to keep at least one hand on the stroller at all times.
Also, on those first few training rides, bring treats along to reward her for sitting calmly, and when back at home give lots of praise (and maybe more treats)!
You’ll need to also adjust your running expectations. If you’re used to a certain pace, don’t be surprised if your running time is a bit slower with your furry friend in tow.
The benefits of pushing your dog along with you outweigh the slower pace – it’s cardio and resistance training all in one – and the enjoyment the adventure will bring to you and your pup is well worth it.
The Dogger from Dog Quality looks and feels just like a baby jogger which is great since it's designed exactly for your fur-baby!
With the option to lock the front wheel and rear shocks to help navigate rough terrain there are no limits where you and your pup can go.
It is made for smaller dogs but can hold up to 60 lbs if your pooch wants their friend to come along although it might be a tight squeeze.
The dogger folds down to 38.5" L x 24" W x 18.5" H so you can easily store away or load into your vehicle for trips to the park.
Dog Quality also gives you some peace of mind with a 2-Year Warranty on all frame related parts.
The biggest downside is that this option is so popular they are currently out of stock and you will need to pre-order yours now.
Designed for smaller breed dogs.
Want to see the Dogger in action on the road and trails? Check out the video below...
Even big dogs need a lift sometimes, and the DoggyRide stroller is suitable for pups weighing up to 110 pounds.
Strong and sturdy, but made from super lightweight aluminum, this stroller is perfect for the athlete who likes to bring their dog with them on outdoor adventures.
The all-terrain wheels mean you can take it anywhere.
While it’s perfect for a jog, you can even buy a kit to convert the stroller to a bike trailer.
It’s also perfect for camping since the large and comfortable compartment can detach from the wheels to use as a crate.
Doesn't come with a padded cushion so you may want to add your own.
High function at an affordable price, this dog stroller has all the features you need to take your pup with you on a jog.
It even features a hitch to attach to a bicycle, so you’ll never have to leave your furry friend behind.
The all-terrain tires and added shock absorbers provide a smooth ride for any type of outing.
It’s also pretty spacious with a roomy inner compartment for a medium-sized dog, has a safety flag for visibility, and a hand brake to keep the stroller still if you step away.
As with some of the others, if all the dog's weight is positioned towards the back then it can get 'tippy'.
Here’s another Pet Gear choice, featuring the innovative no-zip design to easily get your pet in and out of the compartment.
With its 3 wheels and all-terrain air tires plus added shock absorbers, this stroller will run smoothly on pavement, off-road hiking trails and sand.
It has a nice mesh cover that will allow air flow without letting in bugs and it has a weather guard to protect your dog from rain or snow.
This design is also is easy to put together, easy to fold and unfold, and will fit neatly into the trunk of your vehicle.
The front wheel can wobble some if all the weight is in the back. Some users have added a small fitness weight to the front to balance the load.
This stroller is perfect for daily activities with your furry friend with its 360-degree swivel front wheel for easy maneuverability.
The quick-release air-filled tires with built-in suspension offer smooth handling and extra comfort.
Large front, rear and top mesh windows with heavy-duty zipper doors make it easy to get your dog in and out and also offer a panoramic view of the outdoors.
- Front wheel does not lock in place - swivel only.
- Might be a little wide for narrower doorways.
There’s no need to compromise your jogs or spending time with your favorite four-legged friend. It’s amazing how there are so many dog strollers made specifically for jogging these days – some with the added bonus of hitching to a bicycle as well.
If your pup needs a little help getting around, or is small/stubborn/etc., these suggested strollers are just what you need to ensure you both get the fresh air you need.
And while the price might give you pause, a durable, high-quality jogging stroller is essential to help your dog live a longer, fuller and happier life – and definitely worthy of the investment.
As you can see, Gunnar makes Drew do all the work but heading outdoors with your best friend is never really work! Drew buys the products and Gunnar does the testing so you can rest assured you are reading the most up to date information to make the best decision for your dog's health and well-being!