There is a problem. You like going walking or running with your medium-to-large dog, but he just can’t keep up anymore. Whether he’s got a temporary injury or a permanent disability, you don’t want to leave your workout buddy behind. Commercial pet strollers won’t work because they are built for very small dogs and are equipped with small, low-speed wheels.
The solution? Hack a jogging stroller into an awesome pet stroller.
Please note that this is a re-build of stroller #1 so some parts were already made. Every stroller is a little different, so each project will need different parts and measurements. Basically, you want it to be lightweight, weather-resistant, and cleanable, and the parts to be replaceable. The dog needs to feel comfortable and secure while riding in the box. The hardest part is finding a box to fit both the dog & stroller. If you are a fiberglass wizard you could make an artful custom box.
This will attract attention. Expect to field lots of questions about your dog & stroller. We get our picture taken by strangers – I call them the Pup-erozzi .
Costs will vary depending on how many of the supplies you already have and how much repair your stroller needs. The first build was around $50 total. The re-build was $15.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
Step 1: Gather supplies :
*Jogging stroller (this one was $35 at a thrift store, also available cheap at yard sales & curbside on trash day for free)
*Plastic passenger box that will fit the frame of your stroller and your dog. Buy 2 so you have a spare when the first one cracks. ($10 each)
*Plywood or chipboard and/or scrap lumber (free or $0.50 from the bargain bin)
*Non-skid shelf liner (cheap, already owned)
*Bath towel or large pillow (already owned)
*Heavy-duty zip-ties ($5/pack)
*Bungee cord (not shown, sorry) ($2)
*Hand towel (already owned)
*Masking tape (already owned)
*Spray paint ($3)
*Assorted fasteners such as glue, screws, & nails – need will vary.
Box, bin, or bag for storage
Empty yogurt container for cup-holder
Plastic tube or pipe for cane holder
Keeper strap (optional in flat country, a must in hilly areas)
“Helper” cat – not recommended, but sometimes unavoidable
Drill + bits
Screwdriver (not shown, sorry)
Tape measure or ruler