Dog Carriers & Backpacks

Discover the Best Dog Carriers and Backpacks at Waggs.co.za

At Waggs.co.za, we know that your furry friends are more than just pets – they’re part of the family. That’s why we provide high-quality, comfortable, and durable dog carriers and backpacks designed with both your and your pet’s needs in mind.

Dog carriers and backpacks are essential items for any pet owner. They provide a safe, secure, and comfortable means for your dog to travel with you, whether you’re heading to the vet, embarking on a long journey, or simply going for a walk in the park.

Our carriers are perfect for dogs of all sizes and breeds. We’ve taken into account essential factors like size, ventilation, comfort, and safety to ensure we only stock the best. With a dog carrier or backpack, you can take your canine companion with you wherever you go, ensuring they’re always by your side.

The benefits of using a dog carrier or backpack are numerous. They can help reduce anxiety during travel, provide a safe space for your dog in crowded areas, and even help with training and socialization. Plus, they’re convenient for you, making pet transportation a breeze!

At Waggs.co.za, we believe in making pet ownership as joyful and stress-free as possible. Explore our range of dog carriers and backpacks, and make traveling with your pet a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both of you.

Don’t wait – ensure your pet travels in style and comfort. Shop now at Waggs.co.za and find the perfect carrier for your furry friend!

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  • Kurgo G-Train Dog Carrier Backpack

    R3,699

    Travel with ease and comfort with your furry friend using the Kurgo G-Train Dog Carrier Backpack. This backpack is made with durable materials, ensuring your pet’s safety and comfort during travel. The backpack has a padded back and shoulder straps, ensuring that your pet is comfortable for long periods. You can also store other pet essentials in the backpack, making it convenient for you! Get yours now at Waggs Pet Shop at an affordable price.

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  • McMac Road Runner 2 – Hot Pink Pet Carrier

    R669

    The McMac Road Runner 2 – Hot Pink Pet Carrier from Waggs Pet Shop is the perfect accessory for your furry friend. With its sturdy design and comfortable interior, rest assured that your pet will always travel in style and comfort. The carrier features mesh windows for proper ventilation, and a double zipper for added security. Its hot pink color is both trendy and adorable, making this carrier a must-have for pet lovers who want nothing but the best for their pets. Order yours from Waggs Pet Shop today and take the first step towards nurturing a stronger bond with your pet.

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  • Solvit Deluxe Tagalong Pet Bicycle Basket

    R999

    The Solvit Deluxe Tagalong Pet Bicycle Basket is the perfect solution for pet owners who love to go cycling with their furry friends. With a unique and secure mounting system, your pet will stay safe while enjoying a comfortable ride. Made from high-quality materials, this bike basket comes equipped with convenient pockets, a removable sunshade, and a safety leash to prevent falls or escape. You and your pet will have a great time exploring the great outdoors with the Solvit Deluxe Tagalong Pet Bicycle Basket, available now at Waggs Pet Shop!

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  • McMac Trendy Runner – Pet Carrier – Cats In Love

    R719

    Travel in style and comfort with your feline friend using our McMac Trendy Runner – Pet Carrier – Cats In Love. Made with high-quality materials, this pet carrier is perfect for cats up to 7kg. The bag features a well-ventilated mesh design that ensures your pet stays cool at all times. The carrier also comes with a comfortable shoulder strap and an additional storage compartment for your essentials. With its cute ‘Cats In Love’ design, the McMac Trendy Runner – Pet Carrier – Cats In Love from Waggs Pet Shop is the perfect accessory for loving pet owners.

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  • McMac Top Runner Warm Grey Pet Carrier

    R579

    The McMac Top Runner Warm Grey Pet Carrier is the perfect blend of style and comfort, available exclusively at Waggs Pet Shop. It’s designed to keep your furry friend secure on the go, with added cushioned support for a comfortable journey. With a top entry point and enough space for small pets to move around, this carrier is perfect for travel or daily outings. So grab one today and enjoy the company of your furry friend while on the go.

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  • McMac Road Runner 1 – Blue Berry Pet Carrier

    R619

    The McMac Road Runner 1 – Blue Berry Pet Carrier from Waggs Pet Shop is the perfect stylish way to transport your small pet. This carrier is made with high-quality materials to keep your pet safe and comfortable during travel. Its roomy interior makes it perfect for long trips, while its compact design makes it easy to store when not in use. Your furry friend will never have to be left behind with the McMac Road Runner 1 – Blue Berry Pet Carrier.

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  • Kurgo Backseat Pet Barrier

    R1,229

    Make car travel with your furry friend safe and comfortable with Kurgo Backseat Pet Barrier. The high-quality barrier from Kurgo, available at Waggs Pet Shop, prevents your pet from jumping into the front seat, distracting the driver and causing accidents. The Kurgo Backseat Pet Barrier is easy to install and compatible with any vehicle type. Keep your pet safe and secure on your next trip with Kurgo Backseat Pet Barrier from Waggs Pet Shop.

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    Kurgo Heather Travel Pet Hammock

    R1,999

    The Kurgo Heather Travel Pet Hammock is perfect for pet-loving adventurers that often take long road trips. The hammock’s unique design features a waterproof and stain-resistant fabric that provides a protector for your car seat and comfort for the furry friend. It can be easily stored as it is collapsible and machine washable. With Waggs Pet Shop, you get quality and durable products made from the highest standard. Order your Kurgo Heather Travel Pet Hammock today, and take your pet on your next journey without worrying about the mess.

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  • McMac Trendy Runner – Pet Carrier – Maasai

    R719

    The McMac Trendy Runner – Pet Carrier – Maasai is an ultimate pet lover’s accessory, perfect for small pets up to 6kg. It’s a stylish and practical way of transporting your furry friend around in complete safety while giving your pet that royal treatment he/she deserves. Made of high-quality, durable materials, it guarantees your pet not only comfort but also safety. The carrier also has a comfortable hand-held grip, making it easy to carry your pet wherever you go. Get your hands on this must-have accessory for pet lovers from Waggs Pet Shop today.

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  • McMac Trendy Runner – Pet Carrier – Hot Pink

    Looking for a stylish and convenient way to transport your furry friend? Look no further than the McMac Trendy Runner Pet Carrier in Hot Pink from Waggs Pet Shop! This carrier is perfect for the on-the-go pet owner who wants to keep their furry friend close at hand. The carrier is made from high-quality materials and features a comfortable strap, making it easy to carry. With plenty of ventilation and a soft, cozy interior, your pet will be safe, comfortable, and happy during transport. Don’t settle for anything less than the best – choose the McMac Trendy Runner Pet Carrier in Hot Pink from Waggs Pet Shop today!

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  • McMac Top Runner Lemon Pet Carrier

    R579

    Transport your pet in style with our McMac Top Runner Lemon Pet Carrier. This carrier is made of high-quality materials, ensuring durability and comfort for your pet. With its stylish design, you’ll enjoy carrying your furry friend around in public. It’s perfect for pets up to 25 pounds, making it an ideal product for small dogs and cats. Order your McMac Top Runner Lemon Pet Carrier today and start making travel with your pet a breeze!

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  • McMac Top Runner Hot Pink Pet Carrier

    R579

    Looking for a stylish and practical way to transport your furry friend? Look no further than the McMac Top Runner Hot Pink Pet Carrier from Waggs Pet Shop. This carrier is built to last, featuring durable construction and high-quality materials. It’s also designed with your pet’s comfort in mind, featuring plenty of ventilation and a cozy interior. Whether you’re headed to the vet or taking your pet on a trip, the McMac Top Runner Hot Pink Pet Carrier is the perfect way to keep your furry friend safe and comfortable.

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  • McMac Road Runner 2 – Lemon Pet Carrier

    R669

    Traveling with your furry friend has never been easier or more stylish than with the McMac Road Runner 2 – Lemon Pet Carrier from Waggs Pet Shop. This pet carrier offers a high level of comfort and safety for your pet, with features like a cushioned interior, breathable mesh windows, and a sturdy leash clip. Its stylish lemon color adds a touch of fun and playfulness to your pet’s travel gear. With a reliable and durable design, the McMac Road Runner 2 – Lemon Pet Carrier is perfect for trips to the vet, plane rides, or long car journeys.

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  • McMac Road Runner 2 – Blue Berry Pet Carrier

    R799

    The McMac Road Runner 2 – Blue Berry Pet Carrier from Waggs Pet Shop is perfect for pet owners on the go! With its stylish and practical design, this carrier is both convenient and comfortable for your furry friend. You won’t have to worry about discomfort or overheating with its breathable mesh panels and soft bedding. It also comes with adjustable straps and pockets for storing pet essentials. Get your pet the best with McMac Road Runner 2 – Blue Berry Pet Carrier from Waggs Pet Shop.

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  • McMac Road Runner 1 – Hot Pink Pet Carrier

    R539

    Travel in style with the McMac Road Runner 1 Hot Pink Pet Carrier! This spacious and durable carrier is perfect for transporting your furry friend, whether it’s to the vet or on a road trip. The carrier features sturdy handles and comfortable straps for easy carrying, as well as multiple mesh windows for ample ventilation and visibility. The hot pink color adds a pop of personality to your travels. Choose quality and style with the McMac Road Runner 1 Hot Pink Pet Carrier from Waggs Pet Shop.

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  • McMac Road Runner 1 – Lemon Pet Carrier

    The McMac Road Runner 1 – Lemon Pet Carrier is the perfect accessory for pet owners who want to travel in comfort and style. Designed for small pets, this carrier is made from durable materials and features a soft and cozy interior. The comfortable straps can be adjusted for a perfect fit, ensuring that your pet is safe and secure during travel. With its stylish design and functional features, the McMac Road Runner 1 – Lemon Pet Carrier is a must-have accessory for any pet owner on the go.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Choosing the Ideal Dog Carrier or Backpack for Your Furry Friend

Choosing the perfect dog carrier or backpack for your furry friend can be quite a task. With the wide variety of options available, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. But don't worry! This comprehensive guide will help you make an informed decision.

Why is it Important to Choose the Right Carrier for Your Dog?

Selecting the right carrier is crucial for your dog's comfort and safety. It also helps in Understanding Your Dog's Needs. Each dog has unique needs based on their size, breed, age, and health conditions. Considering these factors will ensure your pet stays happy and stress-free during travel.

Types of Dog Carriers and Backpacks

There are various types of carriers and backpacks available in the market. These include Traditional Carriers, Backpack Carriers, Sling Carriers, and Wheeled Carriers. Each type has its own set of pros and cons, and the best choice depends on your specific needs and circumstances.

Considerations When Choosing a Dog Carrier or Backpack

Choosing a dog carrier or backpack involves more than picking the first one you see. You need to consider a variety of factors to ensure it meets your dog's needs and provides them with a safe, comfortable environment.

Size and Weight

As mentioned earlier, your dog's size and weight are critical considerations. The carrier should be spacious enough for your dog to move around comfortably, but not too large that they could be jostled or hurt during transport. Always check the weight limit of the carrier to ensure it can safely accommodate your pet.

Comfort and Safety Features

Look for a carrier with soft, comfortable interior padding that will keep your pet cozy during travel. Safety features like secure zippers, clasps, and interior leash clips are also important to prevent escapes.

Material and Durability

The material of the carrier should be durable and able to withstand your dog's activity level. Nylon and polyester are common materials for carriers due to their strength and durability. If your dog is a chewer or scratcher, you might want to consider a hard-sided carrier for extra durability.

Ventilation

Good ventilation is crucial for your pet's comfort and safety, especially during long journeys or warm weather. Look for a carrier with plenty of mesh panels or ventilation holes to allow fresh air to circulate.

Ease of Cleaning

Accidents happen, especially during travel. A carrier with a removable, washable liner will make cleaning up messes much easier. Some carriers also feature water-resistant materials for added convenience.

Price

Finally, consider your budget. While it's essential to find a quality carrier, there's no need to break the bank. With careful consideration and research, you can find a well-made, comfortable carrier in your price range.

How to Measure Your Dog for a Carrier

Choosing a dog carrier that is the right size for your pet is essential for their comfort and safety. Here's how to accurately measure your dog to ensure a perfect fit.

Measuring Length

To measure the length of your dog, have them stand on all fours. Using a tape measure, measure from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail (not the tip of the tail, as tails can vary greatly in length). This measurement will give you the minimum length your dog carrier should be.

Measuring Height

Next, measure the height. Have your dog sit down (as some dogs are taller while sitting than standing). Measure from the floor to the top of their head or the tip of their ears if they stick up. This is the minimum height your dog carrier should be.

Measuring Width

For width, have your dog stand normally and measure across the widest part of their body, usually across the chest area or the hips. This will give you the minimum width your dog carrier should be.

Weight Considerations

In addition to the physical measurements, you also need to consider your dog's weight. Each dog carrier will have a weight limit, and it's important to ensure your dog is within that limit. A carrier that is not designed to handle your dog's weight can break or cause discomfort or injury to your dog.

Remember, a carrier should be large enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down in a natural position. However, a carrier that is too large can also be unsafe, as your dog may be tossed around during transport.

Finding a dog carrier that is just the right size for your pet will keep them safe, secure, and comfortable during travel.

Introducing Your Dog to Their New Carrier

Introducing your dog to their new carrier isn't just about placing them inside it and hoping for the best. This process should be gradual, carefully planned, and filled with positive experiences for your furry friend.

Familiarization

Familiarization is the first step in making your dog comfortable with their new carrier. Start by placing the carrier in a space where your dog spends a lot of time, like the living room. Leave the door of the carrier open, allowing your dog to explore it at their own pace. You can even place some of their favorite toys or a familiar blanket inside the carrier to make it more inviting.

Conditioning

Conditioning involves creating positive associations with the carrier. Once your dog is comfortable being near the carrier, begin feeding them their meals near it, gradually moving the food bowl closer until they are eating inside the carrier. This process can take days or even weeks, depending on your dog's comfort level.

You can also use treats to make the carrier a positive place. Start by tossing a few tasty treats near the carrier, then inside it. Over time, your dog will associate the carrier with these positive experiences, reducing their fear or apprehension.

Positive Reinforcement

Positive reinforcement is key in helping your dog feel comfortable in their new carrier. Praise them and give them treats whenever they show interest in the carrier or willingly go inside it. This creates a positive association with the carrier and encourages your dog to continue using it.

Remember, patience is key when introducing your dog to a new carrier. Never force your dog into the carrier, as this can create negative associations and make them fearful. Instead, allow them to adjust at their own pace, ensuring the carrier becomes a safe, comfortable space for them.

Traveling with Your Dog

Traveling with your dog can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it does come with its set of challenges. Whether you're traveling by car, air, or public transit, it's essential to prepare and choose a dog carrier suitable for your chosen mode of transportation.

Car Travel

If you're planning on road tripping with your dog, you'll need a carrier that provides both comfort and safety. Look for a carrier that can be securely fastened to your car seat using the vehicle's seatbelt to prevent it from sliding or tipping over. A carrier with good ventilation is also essential to keep your dog cool, especially during long drives.

Air Travel

Air travel with dogs requires more planning and preparation. Airlines have specific requirements for dog carriers, so be sure to check these before purchasing. Generally, carriers for air travel should be well-ventilated, secure, and fit under the seat in front of you. Also, remember that each airline has its own rules about the maximum allowed weight for in-cabin pet travel, including the weight of the carrier, so keep this in mind when selecting a carrier.

Public Transit

If you're planning on using public transit, such as buses, trains, or subways, you'll need a compact and portable carrier. Many transit systems require that pets be kept in a carrier at all times. Backpack or sling carriers are often suitable for this type of travel as they are easy to carry and maneuver in crowded spaces.

In all cases, remember to get your dog accustomed to their carrier well before travel. This will make the journey less stressful for both you and your pet. And no matter how you're traveling, always ensure your dog has access to water and the opportunity for bathroom breaks.

How to Clean and Maintain Your Dog Carrier

Proper cleaning and maintenance are crucial in prolonging the lifespan of your dog carrier or backpack. Here's how to keep your carrier in tip-top shape:

Cleaning Tips

Read the manufacturer's instructions: Some materials may require special care or are not suitable for machine washing. Always follow the manufacturer's cleaning recommendations.

  • Empty the carrier: Remove all toys, blankets, and padding before cleaning.
  • Wipe down the interior and exterior: Use a damp cloth and mild soap to clean the inside and outside of the carrier. Avoid harsh chemicals that could harm your pet.
  • Wash removable linings and padding: If the carrier has removable fabric liners or padding, wash them separately according to the manufacturer's instructions. Typically, a gentle cycle in the washing machine will do the trick.
  • Dry thoroughly: After cleaning, leave the carrier open to air dry completely. This will prevent the growth of mold or mildew.

Maintenance Tips

  • Regularly check for damage: Look for signs of wear and tear regularly, such as frayed seams or broken zippers. Address these issues promptly to avoid safety hazards.
  • Keep it secure: When in use, make sure the carrier is always securely fastened to prevent unexpected openings.
  • Store properly: When not in use, store your carrier in a clean, dry place. If it's collapsible, fold it down to prevent it from getting damaged.

By following these cleaning and maintenance tips, you can ensure your dog carrier remains clean, fresh, and ready for many journeys to come.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Selecting the perfect dog carrier or backpack is not as straightforward as it might seem. Avoid these common mistakes to ensure the comfort and safety of your furry friend.

Choosing the Wrong Size

One of the most common mistakes is choosing a carrier that is too small or too large for your dog. A small carrier can be restrictive and uncomfortable, while a large one can cause your dog to slide around during travel. Always measure your dog correctly and check the size guidelines provided by the carrier manufacturer.

Ignoring Comfort Factors

Comfort should be a top priority when choosing a carrier. Some people might overlook elements like the quality of the interior padding, the presence of mesh windows for ventilation, and the adjustability of straps (for backpack carriers). These factors significantly contribute to your dog's comfort during travel.

Not Considering Your Dog's Personality

Every dog is unique, and their personality should factor into your decision. If your dog is anxious or likes to chew, a hard-sided carrier may be a better option. If your dog loves to stick their head out and observe, a carrier with ample mesh windows might be ideal.

Neglecting Ventilation

Adequate ventilation is crucial for your pet's comfort and safety. Neglecting to consider this can lead to an overheated and uncomfortable dog, especially during long journeys or in warm weather. Ensure the carrier you choose has sufficient ventilation panels or holes.

Overlooking the Carrier's Weight

Remember to consider the weight of the carrier itself. While it should be sturdy, it also needs to be light enough for you to carry when your dog is inside.

By being aware of these common pitfalls, you can make an informed decision and choose a carrier that will ensure a pleasant and safe journey for your furry friend.

Conclusion

Choosing the right dog carrier or backpack may seem like a daunting task, but with this guide, we hope to have made the process easier for you. Remember, the comfort and safety of your furry friend should always be your top priority.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of carrier is best for long trips?

The best type of carrier for long trips depends on the mode of transportation and your dog's size and comfort. Generally, a well-ventilated and spacious carrier is ideal.

Are backpack carriers safe for dogs?

Yes, backpack carriers are safe for dogs as long as they are the right size, well-ventilated, and securely fastened.

What should I do if my dog doesn't like their new carrier?

Gradual introduction and positive reinforcement can help your dog adjust to their new carrier. Start by letting them explore the carrier with the door open and reward them for positive behavior.

How often should I clean my dog's carrier?

It's best to clean your dog's carrier after every use. For infrequent travelers, a monthly clean should suffice.

Can I take my dog's carrier on a plane?

Yes, many airlines allow a specific size of dog carrier as carry-on luggage. It's best to check with the airline beforehand.