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The Best Dog Bike Trailers (Review) in 2019

best choice dog bike trailer

Schwinn Rascal Dog Bike Trailer

Burley Dog Bike Trailer

Burley Design Bike Trailer for Dogs

InStep Dog Bike Trailer

InStep Bike Trailer for Dogs

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Nicole Ellis
Published 17:26 pm

Dog bike trailers are fascinating and adorable yet fully functional piece of canine riding technology that you get to attach or mount on your bicycle in pretty much the same way as you can attach a trailer to your truck. These pieces of canine accessories can provide a handful of benefits to today’s pooches especially those that may be too ill to walk but will still require the full benefits of being in the great outdoors with other dogs and its human masters. Like choosing a trailer for your truck or SUV, picking the right dog bike trailer entails a bit of understanding the basics. In this post we will be providing you a comprehensive roadmap to how you can select the best canine bike attachment that money can buy. However, let us first get to know the 10 best dog bike trailers in the market.

The Best Dog Bike Trailer

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Schwinn Dog Bike Trailer
Schwinn Rascal Dog Bike Trailer

Initiating our list of the 10 best dog bike trailers is the Rascal from Schwinn. This is one dog bike trailer that is so easy to mount and exceptionally comfy for your pooch to ride in, too. Thanks to the inclusion of a liner plus mesh windows surrounding the Rascal, it will be a really breezy ride. The pneumatic tires are exceptional, too, allowing for a smoother ride for your canine friend while also adding to the beauty of your bike. The Rascal comes with insect screens to help protect your dog while on the go. It is priced just right for its design and durable construction giving you exceptional value.

Quick release wheels and folding steel frame

Non-slip trailer liner

Bug screen

Rear door entry point

Aluminum rims with pneumatic tires

Universal hitch or couple

Adjustable interior leash attachment

Maximum weight capacity: 50 pounds 

Specification:
  • Brand: Schwinn
  • Model: 13-SC315
  • Weight: 25.9 pounds

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PetSafe Bicycle Trailer For Dogs
PetSafe HoundAbout Dog Bike Trailer

One thing that makes the HoundAbout quite expensive is the use of an aircraft grade aluminum that gives its frame superior light weight and strength. It is the only canine bicycle trailer in this list that weighs only 25 pounds yet is so strong that it can hold even a 110 pound hound. The design is admirable, too; complete with sunroof which you can use as access to its spacious interior.

The trailer attachment differs from conventional bike attachments in that it is located on one side of the transporter before folding well towards the other side. Mesh panels and screen windows help improve ventilation while protecting your pooch against bugs. Honestly, if you’ve got the money to spare, this is one of the best pet bike trailer systems you can ever get.

Corrosion resistant and lightweight aluminum design at 25 pounds

Waterproof front door with mesh paneled back door

Folding sunroof

Fully adjustable pet leash

Maximum weight capacity: 110 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: PetSafe
  • Model: 62395
  • Weight: 25 pounds

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Weighing only 32 pounds the Aosom Elite Pet Bike Carrier is a joy to use. It can be easily folded down and stored in almost any other space that you have. The construction is relatively strong, too, fully capable of carrying the weight of a 66-pound pooch, although we clearly don’t recommend pushing it beyond this limit. There’s also a leash hook attachment inside and one that you can easily latch your dog’s leash on. The pneumatic tires ensure a non-bumpy ride while the universal hitch guarantees attachment to almost any other bicycle. The steel spokes rim of the Elite matches well with the wheels of your bike.

Lightweight yet highly durable construction at 32 pounds

Easy folding and storable design

Removable weather protection cover

Front and back mesh panels

Interior leash hook attachment

Pneumatic tires

Maximum weight capacity: 66 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: Aosom
  • Model: 5663-0062
  • Weight: 32 pounds

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InStep Dog Bike Trailer
InStep Bike Trailer for Dogs

Let’s get this straight. The InStep Sync Single Bicycle Trailer is not really intended for pooches but rather for small children. It comes with a dedicated kid’s seat complete with safety seat harnesses. However, this doesn’t mean that it should only be used by kids. Fully capable of holding a kid who weighs 40 pounds or less, we believe the InStep Sync should make for a great pet bike trailer, too.

The InStep Sync comes with a bug- and weather- protection to help secure your furry passenger against the elements. It easily folds, too so transporting and storing shouldn’t be a concern. Available in 3 color designs, the InStep Sync makes its way into our list primarily for its durable, adorable, and budget-friendlier design.

Fully foldable frame requiring no tools to assemble

Quick releasing wheels

Universal hitch or coupler

Pneumatic tires

2-in-1 canopy with weather shield and insect screen

Maximum weight capacity: 40 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: Instep
  • Model: 12-QE104
  • Weight: 25.4 pounds

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It may be priced higher than competition but we’re pretty sure this dog carrier for bike from Best Choice Products has perfectly good reason for doing so. Actually, there are two. First, the BCP contraption works like any other bicycle trailer that you mount onto your bike. This way you get to transport your pooch while you’re giving it a go for the next Tour de France. Second, the BCP comes with a handle bar that spans the width of its back. This is what you’ll be holding onto when you’re out jogging.

Technically, it’s more like a baby stroller that you’ll be pushing forward. Good thing is that the BCP comes with a unique braking mechanism so you don’t have to worry about safety in the streets. There are no bumpy rides, too, as the BCP is integrated with a unique suspension system. At least, if you’re not biking, you can still take your dog for a ride in the BCP as a jogger.

Panel constructed of waterproof polyester

Weather resistant canopy with bug screen

Integrated hand-lock brakes

Pneumatic tires with steel spoke rims

Safety flag

Maximum weight capacity: 66 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: Best Choice Products
  • Model: SKY1760
  • Weight: 37 pounds

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Looking more like a fully covered baby stroller, the Elite Jr. Dog Pet Bike Trailer is Aosom’s answer to the bike attachment products of both BCP and Veelar. What separates the Elite Jr., however, is that it is priced several tens of dollars cheaper. You get the same trailer-jogger convertible design, although the Aosom Elite Jr. is primarily positioned as a stroller, not a jogger.

Nevertheless, the ergonomic handlebar located at the rear should make strolling quite a breeze. And if you’re already tired of walking, you can always attach the Elite Jr. to your bike. The universal hitch should make it relatively effortless to mount on your bicycle. The Elite Jr. also comes with dual entry points so you can easily load your pet either in the front or the back. It is easily assembled, too.

Water resistant, heavy duty polyester construction

Front and back entry panels

Sturdy pneumatic tires with quick release feature

Super lightweight design at only 28 pounds

Easy to assemble and fold

Maximum weight capacity: 44 pounds 

Specification:
  • Brand: Aosom
  • Model: 5663-1334R-B
  • Weight: 28 pounds

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Again we would like to reiterate that the Pacific Cycle InStep Take 2 is not a dedicated small dog bike trailer. This bicycle trailer is specifically designed to carry and transport 2 young kids with a combined weight of 80 pounds. That being said, the InStep Take 2 should make for an amazing large dog bike trailer since it has a spacious interior and its sturdy construction simply means you don’t need to fret about whether it will last or not.

Like all Pacific Cycle products, the InStep take 2 features a couple of passenger protection like a weather shield plus an insect screen. The windows have mesh panels to for optimum ventilation. Ensuring a comfy, non-bumpy ride are two oversized pneumatic 16-inch tires. We would have preferred the steel spoke rims, however. Nevertheless, for its strength, durability, and weight capabilities, you’d be surprised that it only costs just over a hundred dollars.

Durable and lightweight construction

Spacious interior

Foldable design

Weather shield and bug screen canopy

With universal coupler

Fully pneumatic tires mated to molded rims

Maximum weight capacity: 80 pounds 

Specification:
  • Brand: Instep
  • Model: 12-QE127A
  • Weight: 23 pounds

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InStep Quick N EZ bicycle trailer is pretty much like the InStep Take 2. The only difference is that the Quick N EZ has a lower weight capacity of about 80 pounds. It also comes with a brake strap that allows for easier stopping. There are bug screes and weather shields, too to complement the mesh panels of the Quick N EZ. Like the InStep Take 2, the Quick N EZ comes with a 16-inch pneumatic tire, a universal coupler, and a frame that easily folds for quick and easy storage. Oh, we almost forgot, the Quick N EZ is also built for kids. But this should not worry you since it can effortlessly handle any dog, as long as you don’t exceed its 80-pound weight limit.

Folding design allowing for ease of storage

2-in-1 weather shield and bug screen canopy

Built-in parking brake strap

33-pound lightweight yet durable construction

Fully pneumatic tires

Mountable on any bicycle

Maximum weight capacity: 80 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: Instep
  • Model: 12-QE212
  • Weight: 28.7 pounds

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Aosom returns with its Elite II Pet Dog Bike Trailer. Let us just say that the Elite II is Aosom’s super beefed-up version of its signature Elite series. It’s got bigger tires, better suspension system, thicker steel spokes on the rims, and a more noteworthy collapsible design. The handle bar is fully adjustable in height, too. But if there’s anything that will make you want to purchase the Elite II, that would be its pocketed seat for better security and safety for your pooch.

There is another major difference between the 1st version and the improved version of the Elite. In the Elite II, you are actually getting 2 modes in one: a trailer and a jogger which actually places it in the likes of BCP and Veelar. But there’s a catch; it will cost you about twice the price of these products. But, considering that it has plenty of nifty features, we guess it’s all worth it. 

Sturdy 37-pound durable construction

Dual purpose front wheel

Fully height-adjustable handlebar

Pet-safety pocketed seats

Wheel suspension system

Easy to setup

Maximum weight capacity: 88 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: Aosom
  • Model: 5663-1291
  • Weight: 37 pounds

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There are plenty of reasons why this DoggyRide unit comes with a rather hefty price tag. Instead of using steel for its frame, the Novel comes with aluminum alloy forming its skeleton. This brings its weight down to just 30 pounds, about 8 pounds lighter than the original DoggyRide. It comes with a host of neat features, too, including a fully-padded headrest that will make canine travel time a lot more comfortable. It’s like putting your dog inside a first-class cabin.

The hubs and spokes on its wheels are all made of stainless steel while its tires are fully pneumatic; making sure your pet won’t get any of that bumpy ride we hate. There are storage compartments on the rear panel including a bottle holder for either you or your canine friend or perhaps even both. The windows come with rain screens to protect your pet when the skies suddenly cast their gloom. The best part of the Novel is that it can be converted into a canine stroller.

However, you’d have to purchase an expansion kit for it. The Novel may be quite pricey, but if it means total comfort and safety for your pet, why not?

Lightweight yet heavy-duty aluminum alloy frame

Fully-padded headrest

Window rain screens

Fully pneumatic tires with quick-release wheels

Stainless steel hubs and spokes

Safety reflective strips

Storage pouch in the rear

Water bottle pocket

Maximum weight capacity: 110 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: DoggyRide
  • Model: DRNVTR09-RD
  • Weight: 30 pounds

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The Sepnine 2-in-1 is an unpretentious pet bike trailer that doubles as a nifty stroller. The brand calls it the jogger, but if you’re going to load your 66-pound hound inside its spacious interior, even its fully pneumatic tires won’t really make it easy for you to push along the jogging path.

Nonetheless, its design is thoughtful enough that it even includes bike reflectors up front and a flag for increased safety while riding. The push handlebar comes with an exceptionally long arm, making sure your feet don’t hit the back edge of the Sepnine during walks or jogs.

The frame is made of durable steel while the floorboard is made of PE complete with an anti-slip material so your pet won’t be bouncing around inside its mobile shelter. The opening up front and in the rear are large, making sure your hound gets on and off easily. The bike hitch arm looks thicker and sturdier than some that we’ve seen. And if you’re the kind of pet parent who loves to have a pet with a personality, then Sepnine’s 4-color choices should be a big plus.

Combination of stroller and trailer

Large windows with mesh and cover

Anti-slip PE board floor design

Lightweight yet durable and sturdy steel construction

Includes universal bike hitch

Front and rear pneumatic tires with bicycle wheel spokes and rims

Bicycle reflectors and safety flag

Maximum weight capacity: 66 pounds

Available in 4 colors: blue, orange, red, and yellow

Specification:
  • Brand: Sepnine
  • Weight: 31.3 pounds

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It may not look sturdy, but as long as you observe the 55-pound weight limit the DoggyRide Mini should be a great way to go on the biking trail with your pet conveniently and comfortably riding in tow. It comes with features that are now considered as standards such as mesh window panels, large pneumatic wheels, universal bike hitch and tow arm, and even a safety flag. It doesn’t come with reflector lights, though. The windows have their respective rain covers so you can protect your pet from the elements as well as from nasty bugs while giving it a great view of the trail.

Folding it for easy transportation is easy, too with the manipulation of a single pin. The rear door panel comes with an integrated pouch and pocket, perfect for keeping a few of your pet’s essentials or yours. Inside the cabin are a leash and hooks so you’ll have a pet that won’t be bouncing inside. Overall the DoggyRide Mini is a great contraption to have. Just be ready with its price, though.

Powdered steel frame

600D nylon with UV resistant mesh panels

Rear entry with built-in water bottle pocket and pouch

Wide windows with mesh and rain cover

Single-pin easy-fold mechanism

Integrated leash and leash hook

Wheel holder for stroller and safety flag

Maximum height of dog at shoulders: 15 inches

Maximum weight capacity: 55 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: DoggyRide
  • Model: DRMNTR02-GR
  • Weight: 20 pounds

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Looking for an ultra-high quality dog bike trailer that’s also a stroller? Look no further than Ibiyaya’s 2-in-1 pet stroller and bicycle trailer. Made of strong, durable materials, with various useful features, this item is as ideal for taking a stroll around the neighborhood as it is for biking with your dog. The trailer comes with a rain cover that fits the entire carrier, which, coupled with the spacey interior, makes for comfortable rides no matter where you’re going. There are three adjustable leashes included for your pet’s safety, as well as removable and washable padding for ultimate comfort.

There are two access points – front and rear – which allow the pet to hop in and out quickly and easily. Importantly, the trailer is super-safe too. Its floor is sturdy, providing strong support, and there are reflecting plates for night visibility. Thanks to its foldable design, the carrier is also easy to store, carry and transport in a vehicle.

Stroller and bike trailer in one

PVC all-weather cover with ventilation holes

Front and rear access

Foldable design for easy storage

Reflecting panels

3 adjustable safety leashes included

Large storage pocket

Max storage capacity 50 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: ibiyaya
  • Weight: 29.5 pounds

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Burley Design Bike Trailer for Dogs
Burley Design Bike Trailer for Dogs

Burley Design is a well-known name in the bike trailers market, and this model shows why the company continues to enjoy a great reputation. The Tail Wagon Bike Trailer is sturdy, long-lasting, comfortable and easy to use and clean – basically, everything you want out of a pet bike trailer, and then some. The unit has a maximum capacity of 75 pounds and is roomy, so it can take either one large dog or two small or medium sized dogs with no issues. It’s specifically designed to be both comfortable and durable, so it sports 16-inch quick-release alloy wheels which provide smooth rides regardless of the road. There’s also a removable floor padding which makes cleaning a piece of cake, plus a 2-in-1 mesh cover with zippers for all-season convenience.

The Burley Design pet bike trailer can be folded quickly which makes for easy and compact storage. The carrier is also leash-friendly, so you can loop it through the rings on the side or front to secure your pet. That said, the leash is not included.

High-quality, sturdy dog bike trailer

2-in-1 heavy-duty mesh cover with lots of airflow

Removable floor for easy cleaning

Foldable for compact storage

Safety flag and reflective material

Max weight capacity 75 pounds

Spacey cargo pockets

Specification:
  • Brand: Burley Design
  • Model: 947104
  • Weight: 28.7 pounds

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Durable, stable, versatile and comfy, the CoPilot’s Bicycle Trailer & Stroller will allow you to enjoy outdoor adventures with your furry companion for years to come. The model is Astm and CE approved and comes with a 5-point harness, so it provides maximum safety not only for pets but children too. Thanks to its collapsible and compact design, the trailer is not only easy to store but also maneuver in tight spaces. To make your pup as comfortable as they can be, the carrier has a padded seat as well as a shade screen and roll-up rain cover.

The maximum weight capacity is 100 pounds, so you can freely take two medium sized dogs or even three smaller ones with you. And if you’re up for a relaxing stroll instead of an exciting ride? Just attach the small front wheel and off you go. Although on the pricy side, this unit is well worth the money as it’s highly versatile – you can use it as a bike trailer or a stroller both for your kids and pets. The only minus we could find? The seat is not removable which can make cleaning a bit of a hassle.

Bike trailer and stroller in one

5-point harness

15-second fold flat design for easy storage

2-in-1 all-season cover

Front and rear light clips

Extra trunk storage with adult and kid beverage holder

Max weight capacity 100 pounds

Specification:
  • Brand: CoPilot
  • Model: 7063337
  • Weight: 1 pounds

Best Dog Bike Trailer Buying Guide & FAQ

Buying a dog bike trailer is like picking the right trailer for your truck or SUV. It really doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you know what you’re looking for. In this part of our article, we are going to explore more about these canine contraptions and what things need to be considered before buying one. Equally important are the safety guidelines that we need to observe every time we take our dogs to ride on these non-motorized vehicles. So, let us begin. 

What is a Dog Bike Trailer?

A dog bike trailer is essentially similar to the trailer that you connect to your truck or SUV whenever you feel like transporting your boat, your jet ski, or even your camper. The point is that it is a non-motorized vehicle that resembles a cart but built with a canopy to protect the cargo – in this case a canine passenger – inside. Technically, it is like a mini wagon, a coach that you connect to a specific part in your bicycle so that when you start riding your bike, the trailer moves along with you.

A pet bike trailer is defined more as a transporter for dogs, turning them into passengers on the said coach or wagon. The pulling vehicle, in this case, is the bicycle with your legs providing the power of movement.

But why would you want your dog to become a passenger inside this contraption? Can it not just run along with you while you are pedaling your way through the bicycle lanes?

It is true that dogs can run great distances. However, if you happen to time your biking endeavors in the summer, letting your dog run under the sun can have disastrous consequences for it. Remember that they don’t have a really efficient body cooling system unlike us who can perspire a lot to cool down our bodies. As such, it is important to let them ride on a bike trailer so they can keep you company. They can also run alongside you but once they get tired, you can easily put them in the trailer and continue with your biking.

There is another reason why you may want a bike attachment of this sort. Most of these products typically weigh about 30 pounds. And we haven’t factored the weight of your pooch yet. Let us say you’ve got a canine that weighs 40 pounds. That means you have an additional 70 pounds of resistance behind your bicycle which you need to pull.  This increases the work of your leg muscles especially at inclines. You are essentially adding resistance to your biking which can do a lot of good to your fitness goals. It’s true that the wheels of the trailer will somehow negate the resistance afforded by the weight of the trailer and your dog. However, there will still be some form of resistance that you will have to work against.

The same is true if you are going to use the trailer as a jogger. The weight of the device plus that of your dog will present formidable resistance to your arms so you’ll be pushing harder. This can also lead to stronger arm muscles, not to mention the muscles of the leg. 

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Things to Consider When Buying a Dog Bike Trailer

Now that we have an idea about what a canine bicycle trailer is and why you would want to get one for your pooch, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of the things to consider when buying such a canine contraption. Remember, not all bike trailers, like all things, are created equal.

  • Size 

The size of the canine camper is a very important consideration. You don’t want to get something that is too small and cramped that your pooch will not really feel comfortable inside. A good rule of thumb is to get a trailer with enough space to allow your pooch to sit and move around easily.

  • Coupler or hitch 

This will help define the quality of the ride. The quality of the coupler or hitch can affect stopping and cornering so you have to choose those with high quality hitches. This is especially true if you’re running at high speed. Low quality hitches are known to pull on the bike exposing you to accidents.

  • Handling 

Unfortunately, you will never really be able to gauge this without taking the trailer for a test run with your pooch in it. If you can request for a trial run, then try to evaluate how the trailer handles in relation to the movement of your bicycle. If this is not possible, then you need to ask those who already own the same product that you would like to buy. Ask them how the trailer handles especially on uneven terrain.

  • Portability and ease of assembly 

It is one thing to have a product that is already preassembled; it’s another matter to get something that requires some assembly. Many products today offer portability in their design, allowing you to fold the device without the need for any hand tools. This is a great option since you will no longer have to worry about bringing plenty of tools to assemble the contraption. However, while it is easy to assemble, make sure that the joints or connectors are made of high quality materials so they don’t undermine the structural integrity of the dog bike trailer.

  • Flooring 

A non-slip liner or flooring is a very important consideration when buying a dog bike trailer. As a rule, the flooring should stay in its place regardless of how bumpy the road can be. While you can always apply a blanket on the floor, this has the tendency to curl up and pose some problems for your pooch.

  • Other features 

Many of today’s bicycle trailers come with a variety of useful features such as safety flags, brake systems, and even suspension systems for ensuring a much smoother ride. You may have to study carefully these features and try to imagine the benefit it will give to your pooch.

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bicycle trailer for pets

Safety Tips when Using a Canine Bike Trailer

Biking is fun and this is made even more fun with your dog in tow. However, it can also be wrought with many risks especially if you’re biking on an unfamiliar territory, an uneven terrain, or even in busy city streets. You simply don’t want your biking activities to end on a sad note. As such, we’re here to share with your some safety tips when using a canine bike trailer.

  • Always train your pooch on how to enjoy a ride with the trailer

Safety starts with a well-trained pooch. You need a canine friend that can sit still inside the trailer while you’re in motion. You also need a dog that will not feel claustrophobic inside and begin tearing the trailer apart. That is why, even before you start on your bike trailing journey, you need to spend ample time training your dog to love its trailer. This also means it needs to learn how to get in and out of the bike attachment with a simple command from you.

  • Know your bicycle course

Rocky and uneven terrain increases the risk of the trailer tipping over. Slippery roads and bumpy surfaces can also increase the risk of accidents. Make sure you have a clear mental picture of where you will be biking so you can accurately map out in your mind where you will be pedalling. This also means you have to be extra vigilant in identifying obstacles on the road.

  • Get an appropriate trailer

Even with the best intentions for safeguarding your dog, if you cannot get your hand on a sturdy and reliable dog bike trailer, then you’re essentially inviting disaster. Take the time to really look into the various features of a safe bike trailer.

  • Remember the laws of physics

It pays to keep in mind that you are towing a heavy object and that this will significantly impact your momentum and balance. If you’re going downhill, you can expect the momentum to be exceptionally great which means it will be much more difficult to control when you want to stop. Stopping will also take considerable time. On an uphill climb, the weight of the object will be pulling you backwards and this can throw off your momentum and your balance.

  • Use safety features on your bike trailer

Always use built-in safety features in your bike trailer. There are those with reflective trims as well as high visibility flags to announce your presence even from afar. Brakes are important, too, and so are LED lights.

  • Don’t push the weight limit of the trailer

If the manufacturer says that it can hold up to a maximum of X pounds, then don’t go beyond this weight limit. The stability and reliability of the vehicle are tested based on this weight limit. While it is theoretically possible to go beyond what is called for, don’t tempt it as accidents generally occur in unchartered waters.

A dog bike trailer allows us to bring our pooches with us whenever we go out for a ride on our bicycles. These are important contraptions for transporting dogs. In choosing the best dog bike trailer, it is important to look at its size, handling, hitch, flooring, and portability. Equally important is knowing how to safely use it so that accidents can be avoided. And with our 10 best dog bike trailers, we’re hopeful you can start selecting the most appropriate one for your canine friend.

Training Your Dog to Ride in a Bike Trailer

Dog bike trailers may be an excellent way to get your dog to join you in your biking. But if your pet simply hasn’t been properly trained to ride this mobile contraption you’re actually courting danger as your pet can jump out of the moving carriage anytime. It may come with a leash, but this will only make it worse. The trailer doors may be secure, but this will only agitate your dog even more. As such, even before you start biking with your chosen trailer it is important to train your dog.

The best way to start is by assembling the dog trailer right in the presence of your dog. Let it sniff through all the different components as you put everything together. Don’t put the wheels yet. Once assembled, open the door flaps and just leave it there. Some dogs will get the idea that they can enter through the door. If not, just let your dog be. The important thing is for your pet to become acclimatized to the presence of the dog trailer.

Try tossing your pet’s favorite dog toys inside the cabin and see if it will go inside. If it does, then praise it and give it its treats. You can also place some treats at the foot of the trailer door and then a few more inside just at the door. Don’t carry your pet into the cabin. It should go in on its own. So be patient. Just be ready with positive reinforcement once it gets inside. Do this several times until your dog is already accustomed to staying inside the trailer.

Next, install the wheels of the trailer and hitch it to your bike. Call your dog to get inside. At first, it may hesitate since the door is now higher than what it was accustomed to. You can still use dog toys or treats to entice your pet to get inside. Make sure to practice this step many times until your pet is totally comfortable with it.

The next stage is to acclimatize your pet to being secured inside the cabin. Let your dog go inside and secure its leash. Open the windows and close the access door. Give it a few seconds in this situation. Gradually increase the length of time your pet is secured in its leash inside the trailer. Once it’s comfy, then you can go for a really short ride. Keep it slow the first time and avoid bumps and potholes. The thing is to make the ride as pleasant as possible. Dog toys or treats should keep it busy while you’re biking.

If your pet is more than confident riding the trailer you can gradually increase the distances of your ride. This should help prepare your pet.

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dog in a bike trailer

Best Dog Bike Trailer FAQ:

Q:  How can I attach the dog trailer to my bike?

A:  Dog trailers come with the same fundamental mechanism of attaching a trailer or second unit to your vehicle. Dog trailers come equipped with tow bars or arms. You’ll need to install the universal hitch right onto your bike’s axle.

If your bike comes with a quick-release axle you’ll have to remove the skewer and insert this through the hitch opening. Push the skewer into the bike axle and secure it well. Push the latch securely. Don’t worry about the positioning of the hitch as it will naturally correct itself.

If your bicycle comes with bolted axes you need to remove the axle bolt. Put the dog trailer bike hitch onto it and secure the bolt. If your bike has an internal gear right within the wheel hub, then you need a hitch adapter.

Q:  How much weight can a dog bike trailer handle?

A:  It all depends on the recommended maximum load capacity of the dog trailer manufacturer. The idea is the sturdier the construction, the greater the maximum load capacity. It is always safe to check the owner’s manual of the bike trailer to know its weight limits. Plastic frames should always be avoided unless your passenger weighs less than 20 pounds. You should always go for steel frames especially if you have hounds weighing 50 pounds or more.

Q:  How do I clean a dog bike trailer?

A:  Cleaning a dog bike trailer is not really difficult. Most manufacturers come with removable canopies or panels which you can easily throw in the washing machine. Most fabric materials can be easily machine-washed unless otherwise specified. It’s the joints and the moving metal parts that you have to clean such as the hub, rim, and spokes of the wheels. These can be easily wiped clean with a rag.

Q:  How can I keep my dog calm inside the trailer?

A:  Not all dogs like the idea of riding inside a trailer that can get especially bumpy over uneven terrain. While you can always train your pet to ‘behave’ while it is inside the trailer, there will always be instances when they’ll be very anxious. As such, it is always a good idea to include dog toys as well as treats inside the bike trailer cabin to keep your pet pre-occupied. Dog treats and dog toys should never be considered replacements for good ‘ol training, of course.

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Sources:

  1. How to Choose a Dog Carrier or Dog Trailer for Your Bike - IceBike
  2. How to Train Your Dog to Ride in a Bike Trailer - WagWalking
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Nicole’s demeanour and positive-reinforcement based training helps drive great results for her celebrity pet clients. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Nicole is consistent using, testing and evaluating new dog products on the market. Nicole follows the latest trends in pet healthcare and is certified by both the Canine Good Citizen evaluator and the American Kennel Club.
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