How to Make a Puppy Sling

Carrying your puppy in your arms can get tiring.
Carrying your puppy in your arms can get tiring. (Image: David De Lossy/Valueline/Getty Images)

Taking a puppy on a walk is a wonderful way to socialize it and get yourself exercise at the same time. However, puppies have shorter attention spans than full-grown dogs. They also have shorter legs and tire more quickly. Carrying a puppy in your arms becomes tiring; an alternative is to carry the puppy in a sling. Small dogs and puppies fit well into slings that accommodate babies, leaving your hands free as you finish your walk.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 yards fabric
  • 2 metal rings, 3-inch diameter

Wash the fabric to remove sizing and manufacturing chemicals. Hem the raw ends of the fabric.

Lay the fabric out. Fold both sides toward the center of the fabric lengthwise, and then fold the fabric in half lengthwise. You will have a strip of fabric approximately 11 inches wide and 2 1/2 yards long.

Thread one end of the fabric through both metal rings. Pull 8 to 10 inches through the ring. Slide the rings slightly apart. Thread the fabric tail over one ring and under the other. Pull the fabric tightly. This locks the rings in place. Turn the fabric so that the tail is at the bottom of the ring.

Thread the other end of the fabric through both rings from the bottom. Slide the rings slightly apart and thread the fabric tail over the closest ring and under the other.

Place the entre sling over one shoulder. Check the length of the sling. The lowest portion of the sling should be at the same height as your belly button. Pull the tail until the sling is at the correct height.

Spread the folds of the sling and place the puppy in the fabric.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a strong and sturdy fabric such as duck cloth, canvas or upholstery fabric.
  • The size of the rings depends on the fabric weight. The heavier the fabric, the larger the rings you'll need.
  • Wear the sling with your puppy in front of you, which allows you to keep an eye on it.

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