“Alpha Dog Carrier”

Best suited for: Over the shoulder carrier
Also works for:
Quality: Unknown
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★

In the Company of Dogs is selling the Alpha Dog Carrier, which is particularly appealing because the top and one long side completely unzip, once you reach your destination, converting the bag into a small, cozy travel bed. There’s a lot about this carrier to like: It has good-sized mesh panels at each end and on one long side, there are a couple of useful pockets, it has an internal lanyard to secure your dog’s collar or harness, and it slips on to the telescoping handle of a wheeled suitcase.

On the negative side, both the Medium and Large sizes (11Hx20Lx10.5W and 12Hx22Lx11.5W) are simply too large for in-cabin airplane use. Any carrier over 19″ wide won’t fit in most under-seat spaces, no matter what the manufacturer says. It would make a good car carrier, except that it doesn’t seem to have the external straps you need to secure a carrier with a seatbelt. You could pass the seatbelt through the carrying handle, but that’s not ideal.

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