When you’re out cycling in the city or countryside a safe and fun way to take your dog with you is with a dog bike trailer. While your dog may find it difficult to run alongside your bike. A bike trailer makes it possible to take your large or small dog for a ride. This gives you the opportunity to spend more quality time together.
6 Reasons to Use a Bike Trailer for Your Dog
For transporting you’re injured shaggy friend.
Using a trailer makes it hassle-free to take your dog whenever you ride.
If you know your dog will get dirty, muddy or wet and you don’t want to transport it on your car back seat.
Put less stress on your dog’s body, if you have an older dog and you live in the city where there is a lot of pavement and concrete. Hard surfaces can have an impact on your pets’ joints and bones, causing too much stress on their body.
It keeps your puppy safe. Your dog is too young for long walks, using a bike trailer is an enjoyable way for you and your 4 legged friend to hit the streets.
Protect paws from hot surfaces. During long sunny days the pavement or terrain and be very hot. Using a bike trailer when riding on sunny days will prevent your dog from getting damaged paws.
Schwinn Rascal Bike Trailer
For easy storage or transporting, the Schwinn Rascal Bike Trailer is perfect for those with limited space. This space saving dog bike trailer features a unique folding frame that makes it great for trips and packing in small spaces.
Its design with two 16inch tires that are air-filled, which make the ride smooth and responsive.
Depending on your dog’s size the Schwinn Rascal trailer comes in two models, one for dogs up to 50 lbs. and the other for dogs up to 100 lbs.
Fully Ventilated, the trailer has vented side windows, a large sunroof and an easy entrance and exit opening.
Schwinn makes connecting your bike to the trailer quick, secure and easy with a practical universal coupler.
A very important thing to note if you are thinking of getting the model for a dog under 50 lbs
If your dog is tall and weighs just under 50 lbs consider getting the model up to 100 lbs. The reason for this is that your pet may like standing, which will change the trailer’s center of gravity and may cause it to flip.
Pros: Use for small and large dogs
Cons: Doesn’t have a suspension
PetSafe Solvit HoundAbout Pet Bicycle Trailer
The Petsafe HoundAbout trailer is ideal for owners who have a medium to large size dog. This model comes in medium with 16-inch wheels for dogs up to 50 lbs and large that has a 20inch wheel for dogs up to 110 lbs.
Both models are made of a durable aluminum frame that can withstand the weight of your dog in twists and turns. Your pet will love the ride and comfort that this trailer has to offer. It features mesh screens for cool air to circulate and sport a cool sunroof for exposing its face in the wind.
If you don’t feel like riding the Houndabout trailer can be converted into a stroller. So you can take walks while pushing your wagging tail friend. However you would have to buy the converting kit separately if you want this option.
Pros: Best bike trailer for hot weather,
Cons: Doesn’t come with a brake system
Aosom Elite II 2-in-1 Bike Trailer for Dogs
The Aosom Elite 2 has all the great features one needs to have in a bike trailer for your dog. It has a full suspension system that delivers a smooth and even ride. This makes it perfect for handling bumpy terrains or bumps in the roadways
Rolling on a 20 inch rear wheel, the air-filled tires also give you smoother handling and ride for your animal. In addition, this trailer is built with a braking system that is used to lock the wheels in place. This keeps your pet safe should you park on a hill or slope.
Other features to expect with the Elite 2 are storage pocket on each side for your pet’s toys or your personal items. Mesh zipper screen on all sides for adequate ventilation. It includes reflectors on the front and rear for maximum visibility in low light conditions. For jogging or walking purposes, its front wheel can be attached
Pros: 2 in one option, it’s a bike trailer and it can be used as a pet stroller
Cons: Needs a better user’s manual
Best Choice Products 2-in-1 Pet Stroller and Trailer
This is a 2 in 1 pet transport made by Best Choice that can be used as a pet stroller or it can be mounted to your bike and use as a bike trailer. With the versatility of this product, you will have two ways of enjoying the great outdoors with your dog.
The things that make this dog trailer standout are its durable lightweight steel frame and its polyester covering that protecting your pet from the elements. With its breathable fabric windows, bug and insects are kept out while providing constant fresh air for your pet.
This trailer checks off all needed essential: safety flag and reflectors for visibility, the suspension system for a smoother ride, a removable cushion for your dog’s comfort, a braking system that will keep your trailer in place and more.
Pros: Inexpensive, 2 in 1 trailer, suspension system, More than one entrance for easy access
Cons: Brake system is only on one side of the trailer
Burley Design Tail Wagon Trailer
The Burley Design Tail Wagon bike trailer was designed to take your furry friend with you wherever you want to ride. Whether it be urban commuting, bike camping or just on grocery runs the Tail Wagon is a versatile and safe vehicle for your bike.
With 75lbs maximum weight capacity, this bike trailer can carry one large dog or two medium-size dogs on your riding adventure.
Having a dimension of 23 inches tall by 19 inches wide the Tail Wagon uses 16-inch quick-release wheels. This allows for compact storage as the frame can be easily folded and stored away. This bike wagon boasts a removable flooring for easy washing, enough storage to pocket pet’s gears, includes a stroller kit and a braking system for safe secure parking.
We highly recommend the Tail Wagon as one of your best option for taking out your pet friend on your next adventure
Pros: Durable, one year warranty on fabric parts, collapsible for easy storage
Cons: High price point
DoggyRide Novel Dog Bicycle Trailer
The Doggy Ride Novel brings a lot to the table when it comes to getting a suitable bike trailer for your dog. With it comes a lightweight aluminum frame for easy lifting, quick release to take the wheels off easily, rear and front exit and entrance opening and more
With a 110 maximum weight capacity and a dimension of 31.5″ L x 21″W x 25.5″ H. The Novel Dog Bike Trailer can also carry a large dog or two small to medium size dogs. As a safety feature, the cabin is suited with reflective stripes for visibility in poorly light areas.
Other features are zipper entrance, mesh ventilated windows, sunroof with an opening to peek in and air-filled tires to deliver a smooth ride. As a bone, this trailer can be converted into a stroller but you will have to buy the kit separately.
Pros: Versatile, lightweight construction, quick release wheels, lots of room
Cons: Expensive, owner reports weak customer service
Sepnine 3 in 1 Luxury Large Sized Bike Trailer
The standout feature of the Sepnine dog bike trailer is its ability to fold with easy for transporting or storage. Within seconds you can collapse this trailer and tuck it away until you next great adventure with your furry friend.
It’s designed with air-filled tires and suspension system that makes a big difference to the dog’s ride and handling of your bike. With a dimension of 31.5x22x23.6 inches and a max weight capacity of 66 lbs. this trailer is perfect for an average size dog. No tools needed for setting it down or break down.
This model has a rear and front opening with mesh to prevent bugs from getting in and plastic covering to keep water out should it rain. The side uses mesh window which can also prevent insects from getting in.
The Sepnine is not only a dog trailer, but it also designed to be used as a stroller by attaching its front wheel. Thirdly, with the wheels detach your trailer can be used as a dog house.
It’s available in three colors: blue, orange and red
Pros: Rides comfortable, easy to assemble
Cons: No brakes, stroller front wheel doesn’t swivel or rotates.
Are Dog Bike Trailers Safe?
Dog bike trailers are totally safe for riding with your bike as long as you consider these safety features.
Practical Brakes: Look for a dog bike trailer with parking brakes, you don’t want it to be rolling away when putting in or taking out your dog.
Reflector: You need for everyone on the road to clearly see you coming, especially in the evening. The best places to have reflectors are on the front with white reflectors and on the rear with red reflectors. Having reflectors on the sides on in the wheel will also improve your visibility from the side on turns.
D-Rings or Leash Attachment: D-rings are plastic or metal buckles that are shaped like a capital “D”. They are used to tie the dog’s leash to the trailer, preventing your pet from moving around or running off.
Safety Straps: The purpose of a safety strap on your dog bicycle trailer is to retain the connection between the bicycle and the trailer. This is used as a precaution in case the coupler gets separated.
Other safety Considerations
Don’t park your trailer too long in the sun, a shaded area is best. The plastic or fabric may get very hot over time making it very uncomfortable for your dog.
If your trailer is foldable, always double-check to make sure your trailer is locked open before putting your pet in.
If your trailer has storage space make sure the weight is evenly distributed on each side to prevent it from tipping over.
How Do I Get My Dog Used To A Bike Trailer?
You can encourage your dog to go inside with some doggy treats.
Don’t force your dog to sit inside for too long.
Then you may continue by only going out for short 5 to 10 minutes rides.
Gradually increase this as your pet gets more and more comfortable.
Made sure all entrances are zipped up and your dog is leashed to prevent him from running off.
Prevent riding in areas with rough terrain or uneven road, way this may scare your dog.