In a rush and just want my recommendation? I think the SlowTon Pet Carrier Sling is a great choice.
Our dogs are parts of our families. We want them to go where we do, but smaller dogs may have difficulty with long walks. That’s where a dog carrier sling can come in handy. It can keep our hounds close without exhausting them when we know we’ll be out for hours at a time!
In this article, I’m reviewing the following dog carrier slings.
- YUDODO Dog Sling
- TOMKAS Carrier for Small Dogs
- SlowTon Pet Carrier
- GHIFANT Dog Sling Carrier
- RETRO PUG Sling for Medium Dogs
How to Choose the Right Sling
Before you buy a sling, it’s a good idea to know the different kinds available, and also which will suit your dog the best. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of slings you can get, and what you need to consider before you purchase.
Different Types of Carrier Slings
While carrier slings may all seem similar, there are subtle differences you’ll want to be aware of. For example, there are:
- Padded slings
- Slings with adjustable straps
- Pocketed slings
- Waterproof slings
- Reversible slings
- Padded straps slings
- Slings that double as car safety seats
- Slings that cradle to comfort anxious dogs
Depending on your dog, you may have different needs when looking for a sling. After all, some breeds of dog are more anxious than others. They may need extra comfort in public, such as a sling that cradles them.
If your dog is an anxious drooler, and yes, that’s a real thing, then you’ll likely want a waterproof bag. These are also great for puppies still working on their potty training skills.
What to Think About Before You Buy
If you have a growing puppy, you might want a sling that accommodates more weight so it can adapt to their changing bodies.
For fully grown dogs it’s best to pick one that fits them well. Most slings are designed for dogs that weigh anywhere from 5 to 13 pounds, but always check the weight limits for each sling.
The sling will make carrying another bag difficult, so it’s nice to fit everything you’re going to need into the sling itself.
This is usually located inside the sling, to prevent excitable hounds from jumping out. Don’t use it as a restraining device though. Your dog will start to fear the sling if they feel trapped inside.
Wearing the sling for hours can be uncomfortable, especially if you can’t adjust it to relieve pressure on your shoulder.
These bags get dirty. Rather than struggling to clean your sling, it’s easiest if you can throw it into the wash.
Why Pick a Sling Over Other Carriers
There are so many dog carriers that it can quickly become overwhelming sorting through them. For small dog breeds, a sling is a great option for day-to-day use.
Slings are effective because they keep dogs close to us. Smaller dogs, older hounds with medical conditions, and young puppies may tire quickly when walking. Having a sling is a great way to get them outside to give them a change of environment. Dogs do get bored being in the house all day.
If you have a puppy you want to socialize safely, a sling can be a way to get them used to noises, people and other dogs in a more controlled and safe way.
A sling is great for little dogs, in winter. Your body heat will help to keep them warm.
This breathable, mesh sling is great for dogs in warmer environments. Suitable for dogs anywhere from 5 to 10 pounds, it has an adjustable padded strap for your comfort. Plus, it has small pockets for storing your phone or keys.
If you prefer measurements, this sling offers two sizes and fits dogs from 15×8 inches all the way up to 17×11 inches.
- Comfortable to use
- Fabric is sturdy but soft
- Strong buckle for safety
- Sturdy zipper
- Plenty of room for movement
- The cord at the top is too long and could be a choking hazard
- Not a great fit for people who might be shorter as the strap is long
- Can only be worn on the left shoulder
This breathable sling is machine washable. It comes with a security harness, so you can lock the leash to your pet’s collar, ensuring they won’t jump out if they get too excited.
Plus, this sling is reversible and has a zipper pocket, keeping your valuables safe.
This model is best for dogs that are 3 to 10 pounds, has a width of 23.6 inches and a depth of 10.5 inches.
- Quality construction
- Strap is not adjustable
- Not comfortable for tall people
- Fabric is breathable, but fails in really hot environments
- The bottom is very soft, which can make it harder for the pup to lie down
The SlowTon pet carrier is one of the most comfortable around. It’s padded strap can be adjusted easily, depending on your height. So many slings have made my neck ache or my back hurt, but this one is genuinely comfortable. Even better, I can wear it on either shoulder.
The safety hook that comes with it is adjustable, too, meaning it fits different sized dogs comfortably. There’s also a zippered pocket that’s big enough for my phone and keys.
This is also perfect for a variety of dog sizes, from 5 to13 pounds. They do suggest adding a small blanket to the bottom for dogs under 7 pounds, a great tip for additional support.
- Works for a variety of heights
- Can hold up to 13 pounds
- Machine washable
- Zippered pocket to keep personal items safe
- Plenty of room inside for pets to feel comfy and safe
- Can be worn on either shoulder
- Have to add support at the bottom for smaller dogs
This sling is about as basic as they come. It’s made of soft, breathable fabric that’s easy to wash and has a nice, wide shoulder strap to make wearing it more comfortable.
It can hold pets up to 10 pounds, and has a security clasp to keep your dog safe. However, it is by far the most basic model on our list. If you only have a small dog under six pounds and you’re looking for something with no frills, this may be the choice for you.
- Very comfortable for little dogs
- Soft material
- Not very secure
- Doesn’t work well for dogs that are over six or seven pounds
- Not adjustable, so it’s sometimes awkward and hangs at an uncomfortable level
- No pockets or pouches for storage
- Doesn’t work well for anxious or energetic dogs
If you have a medium-sized dog but you still want a sling, this is a solid choice. It carries dogs between 15 to 20 pounds and has a wide, adjustable strap to compensate for the increased weight on your shoulder.
This sling is waterproof, protecting your dog in the rain and making cleaning a breeze. Better still, it has a safety mesh net inside, and a leash ring, so your hound will be safe.
The waterproof material does increase the insulation properties of the sling.
- Has an inner mesh bag
- Leash hook for security
- Can hold up to 20 pound dogs
- Lots of pockets
- Not made for small dogs
- The mesh bag has drawstrings, which could be a choking hazard
- Doesn’t sit well on tall people or if wearing a thick coat yourself
- The pockets don’t fasten
- Not good for hot environments
Out of all the slings I’ve reviewed, the SlowTon Pet Carrier Sling is my personal favorite.
It works for people of differing heights, meaning anyone in the household can use it. It’s easy to clean, has a zippered pocket, and gives my dog space to relax while we’re out.
I like that it works for both small, and medium sized dogs. Dog safety features and great storage for my valuables make this the top choice.