The fact that dog sling carriers are simple products means that they can be made by many different manufacturers. However, all the sling carriers available in the market are not the same. The first thing you want to look at is the size.
Buy one with reference to the size of your dog. Ensure that the dog fits comfortably and has plenty of room.
Second, the material used to make the sling carrier should be comfortable for the best experience for both you and your pet. The best carriers are made from either cotton or fleece.
Collar clips are an important consideration. They will help contain the dog inside the sling carrier and will prevent them from getting too excited and jumping off which could jeopardize their safety. However, it’s important to train your dog to remain inside the carrier until ordered otherwise as the collar clips cannot always be relied upon to contain the dog.
Check for a secure and reliable closing system that will act as a back up to the collar clips. Most dog sling carriers feature a zipper and an opening that allows the dog to stick their head out and observe what is happening around. More reliable and secure carriers come with snaps, Velcro or buttons.
The straps should be adjustable to allow you to achieve the most comfortable position for both you and your dog. The most common system for strap adjustment includes buckles to help increase length by making use of gravity while others feature metal rings. For people who are either tall or short, this feature should be mandatory.
A good quality dog sling carrier will come with comfort pads. These are placed at the bottom to provide a comfortable sitting position for the dog. They also help to protect the carrier from the dog’s claws.