Bonding with your dog is important to create kinship and trust, and what better way to do that than to hold your dog as you go about your day? Different from regular dog carriers or dog purses, dog slings offer a comfortable way to keep your dog nearby whileca you have your hands free to get things done.
Maybe you just got a new puppy, and don’t want to leave them home alone. Dog slings are also good options for taking your dog to the market with you or on a walk if they can’t go for long distances.
Some slings work better than others, so we have put together a list of reviews of the 10 best dog carrier slings, so you and your dog can spend quality time together with the comfort and safety of a high-quality sling.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
The 10 Best Dog Carrier Slings 2020
1. Furry Fido Classic Pet Sling – Best Overall
The Furry Fido Classic Pet Sling is a great option for carrying around your four-legged friend because it is comfortable for both you and your dog. The material is soft, stretchy, and machine washable, so it’s easy to clean and doesn’t collect dog hair. It’s safe because it has a safety collar hook to keep your dog secure and unable to jump out. It’s also reversible, so you can showcase either side of the fabric. This sling gives you a way to hold your pet close while having the hands-free freedom to go about life.
This sling may run bigger than stated, so it may be a bit roomy for small pups. It also stretches out to a point where it hangs long after a while of using it. A simple solution is to re-tie the strap in a knot at a comfortable length.
2. i’Pet Hands-Free Dog Sling Carrier – Best Value
The i’Pet Hands-Free Dog Sling Carrier is the best option for the money because it is made of high-quality material that will keep your dog comfortable and safe for a great price. It is machine washable to make it easy to keep clean. It’s also reversible, so you can alternate between the cute polka dot design and the solid color. It includes a safety hook to keep your dog safe while riding along in it.
Even though it’s a great option for small dogs at a great price, this sling is not ideal for medium to large dogs.
The Retro Pug Pet Sling comes with an adjustable strap, so you can find a comfortable way to carry your pet. It is also waterproof, so you can keep your dog dry when it rains. It has a safety hook, so your dog can’t pop out unexpectedly. The material is durable enough to support a 20 lb. dog comfortably.
This product is more expensive than others, but the features may make it a great option for you. The strap fits quite snug — almost too snug. Even when you adjust it, if you wear a bulky coat or sweater, it can be a bit tight. The thick material makes it more durable, but it can be hot for your dog, so be mindful of that on warmer days.
4. Alfie Reversible Pet Sling Carrier
The quality of the Alfie Reversible Pet Sling is great. It is quite durable and the seams are well-made. You can carry 12-lb. pup in this one. Any dog larger or smaller may not fit quite as ideally. It is machine-washable, making it easy to keep clean. It also comes with an adjustable strap and a safety hook to keep your dog inside.
Because of the way it’s designed, there can be an unequal weight distribution that makes it awkward to have your dog swinging on your hip like it’s in a purse. It’s also not great for large or heavy dogs.
5. iPrimio Dog Sling Carrier
The iPrimio Dog Sling comes in several cute designs and colors that can be reversed, so you can see either side. It is a great option for small dogs 12 lbs. and under, though it works best for dogs about 7 lbs. It’s easily washable by hand, but it’s not recommended to put in the washing machine.
This one doesn’t have an adjustable strap, so you can’t change the length. It sits high, though, so you shouldn’t have to worry about it being too long. It’s not suited for dogs over 12 lbs.
6. TOMKAS Dog Carrier Sling
The TOMKAS dog carrier sling is comfortable for the dog and the owner, and it’s also easy to clean. The major drawbacks for this model are that the strap is not adjustable, which can make it awkward to carry; the pressure is localized straight on the shoulder instead of being distributed evenly, which can make carrying your dog for long periods of time quite uncomfortable; and the outside pocket is poorly manufactured, as it is big enough to house a phone in but tight enough that it’s difficult to retrieve anything.
Overall, this sling is not the best because the features are not as good quality as some of the other products on this list.
7. YUDODO Dog Sling Carrier
The YUDODO dog sling carrier has an adjustable strap that you can alter to fit comfortably. It also has a pocket for your phone that seems to fit most smartphones. This carrier has a wide shoulder strap to help evenly distribute weight across your whole shoulder.
The narrow design of this product, however, is not ideal for all dogs. The sling tends to run small in general, so it is good for smaller dogs, but it is not intended for medium-sized dogs. It also doesn’t have much of a supportive base, so you feel like you have to cradle your dog as you’re walking.
8. Slowton Pet Carrier
The Slowton Pet Carrier has an outer zipper pocket that can hold items like treats, poop bags, phone, keys, etc., and it is in an easy-to-reach place on the bag. This carrier can also support dogs up to 13 lbs., which is more than some of the other designs can do.
This bag runs deep, and smaller dogs may not like it because it may be more difficult for them to look out. There is also not a great deal of support on the bottom, so it may be uncomfortable for you or your dog. The design only allows this bag to be worn one way; you cannot alternate shoulders unless you don’t mind the pocket being on your back.
9. Puppy Eyes Waterproof Pet Carrier Sling
The Puppy Eyes Waterproof Pet Carrier Sling is, in fact, made of waterproof material, which dries much quicker than cotton slings and keeps your dog dry and comfortable when it rains. This product is also good for many different sizes and weights of dogs, except large dogs. Small and medium sized dogs all seem to do well in this one.
It does run a little deep, though, so your small dog may have trouble seeing out. The pocket is small, so you cannot carry many items in it. For example, it can hold your keys or your wallet, but not both. The strap is quite short, and if you’re a tall dog owner, the bag will sit high on your chest. Since it is made with mesh material, your dog’s toe nails can get caught when lifting them in or out of the bag, and the fabric tends to collect dog hair.
10. Cuby Dog Sling Carrier
The Cuby Dog Sling Carrier’s main advantage is the way it looks. It has a cute design that’s reversible, so you can display the patterned side or the solid color. It includes a safety strap, which is also a benefit.
There is no adjustable strap, however, so there’s no way to alter the length to make it more comfortable if it hangs too high or too low. It is also made of heavy cotton material that takes forever to dry if it gets wet, and it is not super easy to clean out. It is more designed for small dogs, any under 10 lbs. The strap doesn’t evenly distribute weight across your shoulder either. Unlike some of the other products, this one hangs on your shoulder like a purse rather than a cross-body, which doesn’t do much for your own comfort. This design also does not have any closures on it: no zippers, clasps, or buttons to keep it closed, even partially.
When choosing the material for your bag, keep in mind how well it ventilates air to keep your dog cool, how easy it is to clean, and how it would hold up in various weather situations.
Slings are usually made of soft material on the inside because your dog would not feel as comfortable with a nylon or plastic interior. Some products, however, are lined with soft material but have an outer shell that is waterproof or is easier to clean. In order to ensure that you’re choosing an easy-to-clean fabric, check that it is machine washable. This will also indicate if the material is destined to hold up despite wear and tear.
Cotton can be a good breathable option, but it takes longer to dry and can be harder to clean.
Most carrier slings include a safety strap that you can clip onto your dog’s collar. This is to make sure that they don’t jump out of the bag while you’re walking. As an added safety measure, however, choose a bag that has at least some sort of closure — a zipper, clasp, or button —to hold your dog in.
Straps can make or break the comfortability factor of a sling. The most comfortable designs are the ones that fit like a cross-body bag, with the strap on one shoulder and the dog resting on the opposite side. You also should choose one with an adjustable strap because the initial length may not sit at the most comfortable place for you.
Another factor of comfortability is the wideness of the strap; a wide strap will distribute pressure evenly across your shoulder rather than localize it at one point, which can cause pain while using the sling.
Make sure that the support on the base of the sling can hold your dog without them rocking constantly or feeling like they could fall through the bottom. Some slings will offer more of a blanket-like support, while others will be sturdier. Stronger material is better for using for longer periods of time, while softer support should be fine for using around the house or on short walks.
We found that the best carrier sling overall is the Furry Fido sling, as it is cute, functional, and comfortable for both you and your dog. A close second is the i’Pet sling; though it is meant for smaller dogs, it is comparable to the Fury Fido and has a great value. The third best is the Retro Pug sling because it has quality material and great fit.
We hope that this list has helped you on your buying journey and that you can use this information to purchase a dog sling that works for you and your dog.
Featured image credit: Alfie Pet – Chico Reversible Pet Sling Carrier, Amazon
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- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Dog Carrier Slings 2020
- 1. Furry Fido Classic Pet Sling – Best Overall
- 2. i’Pet Hands-Free Dog Sling Carrier – Best Value
- 3. RETRO PUG Pet Sling Purse – Premium Choice
- 4. Alfie Reversible Pet Sling Carrier
- 5. iPrimio Dog Sling Carrier
- 6. TOMKAS Dog Carrier Sling
- 7. YUDODO Dog Sling Carrier
- 8. Slowton Pet Carrier
- 9. Puppy Eyes Waterproof Pet Carrier Sling
- 10. Cuby Dog Sling Carrier
- Buyer’s Guide