Carry dog on bicycle: how to travel with your pet on your bike

Thinking about riding with your dog on board? While it can be a lovely way to spend quality time with your furry friend, it can also be overwhelming at first.

Depending on your dog size, age, personality and background; it’s important to remember that not every type of dog transportation can suit your pet well. You know your dog best, but sometimes some trial and error is inevitable! We’ll share some useful advice as bike experts so that you can have the most fulfilling rides with your furry companion.

Let’s start from the basics: what accessory should you choose to carry dog on bicycle? Let’s have a quick overview.

There are three options we recommend to carry dog on a bicycle

Generally speaking, these are the safest accessories you can add to your bike to seat your dog comfortably and safely. Riding along your dog running can be really dangerous for you, your dog and people around you. These options below are a safer bet and still provide all the fun of riding with your dog.

#1. Cargo bikes for dogs 

This is the most comfortable, safe and easy option to carry a dog on a bicycleThis option can come as an add-on module, which you can add to your current bike or as a proper bike built with the cargo functionality.

In both cases, this option ensures high visibility as the cars will be more careful around you, lots of extra room and easy handling of the bike (it doesn’t affect the balance). Most dogs also prefer the stability of a cargo as it doesn’t tilt side to side as you ride and by sitting at the front, they love feeling in control of the situation. This system seats the dog at the front of the bike allowing you to have full view & control of the pup. There’s also the possibility of converting the cargo space into a charging space for bags & other belongings when your doggo is not using it. 

There are a few downsides of this accessory; firstly, it may take some time to get adjusted to riding with this new object in front of you and secondly, the module might add a lot of extra weight to the bike, we advise looking out for an electric assistance in this case.

At AddBike, we developed a three wheel cargo bike that answers all the needs of pets and their owners; the Dog Kit!

The module replaces the front wheel of your bike and transforms it into a compact three-wheels bike (it’s a reversible solution and it doesn’t take long to install!). The module is sturdy, shock-resistant and it comes with all the necessary accessories (anti-slip rug, inside leash, drinking bowl, wind-shield) to ensure the most cosy experience for your pup. It even has two different entrances so that, small or big, your friend can independently enter in his module (it’s adapted for dogs of every size up to 35 kg- 77 Ib)

While designing this accessory we also kept in mind the ergonomics: we made the accessory large enough to keep your puppy comfy but small enough to pass through doors with no struggle. Additionally, we wanted to create a nice drive experience for the rider by increasing the fluidity and agility of the bike even despite the three wheels system; therefore, we designed a basculating technology where the wheels tilt to one side when turning but the module with the dog stays still. This provides an optimised driving while still having a great storage capacity. 

Getting used to this new driving system might take some time, but once you do you’ll have some great adventures with your furry friend!

Keen to know what it’s like to ride with the Dog Kit? Discover Laurie’s experience riding the Dog Kit with her 2 Samoyed dogs and a bunny.

Carry dog on bicycle with the Dog Kit Cargo bike
 Carry dog on bicycle with Croozer trailer

#2. Dog trailer 

A dog trailer works very similarly to a cargo bike but it’s an accessory that can only be attached to the back of the bike. Dog’s trailers can come in various shapes and forms, there’s a great variety of trailers on the market you can choose from. Some are also made for mixed terrains and some can become a dog stroller once detached from the bike. 

The downside of this option is that the dog can’t be supervised as it sits at the back of the bike and this setting might feel stressful for certain dogs.

Photo & copyright: Croozer dog trailer 

#3. Dog bike basket

This accessory is generally cheap, compact and largely available on the market. This option is only available for small dogs. The basket can be installed on the handlebar, allowing the rider to always have the dog in sight or on the back rack, for better stability. It’s possible to add extra accessories like a mesh cover to avoid the dog jumping out of the basket. 

The downside of this accessory is that the dog can greatly destabilise the ride if moving too much.

Photo & copyright: Trixie Dog Bicycle Bag 

 Carry dog on bicycle with Trixie dog basket

Bike safety and things to keep in mind about riding with a dog

Biking can be an incredibly fun and fulfilling experience for both you and your pet, but it doesn’t come without risks. It’s important to keep in mind that there are many potential distractions outside and especially on the road. If your dog has a fearful, hyper-reactive or skittish temperament; it’s advisable to train them well before attempting to ride on a busy street. Having your dog knowing how to sit and stay still will make things 100 times easier! If your dog struggles with his training, it might be time to call in reinforcement… a certified dog trainer will help you set your pup for success!

Don’t forget to bring along some of his favourite treats to reward all the good behaviours and create a positive association with the experience. 

We strongly advise attaching the dog with a harness instead of a collar to avoid any neck injuries from potential impacts! 

It’s also important to consider the temperature outside before planning your outing, dogs are easily prone to overheating and even heatstroke! Especially in summer, avoid riding during the warmest hours and never forget to bring a bottle of fresh water (cool, not cold) with you. 

How to get your dog feeling cosy and comfortable on your bike

First and foremost, introduce your dog to his new bike accessory! 

Bring the accessory in a safe environment like your garden or apartment and let him be around, sniff and test his new basket or trailer. Reward the pup with treats and lots of praising words to encourage him to discover the new object. 

If your pet still seems unsure, give it time and don’t rush it! Repeat this step a few times per week until he gets comfortable with the object. 

On the contrary, if your dog is relaxed and already chilling in the module- you can move up to walking your dog next to your bike with the module installed. Eventually you can let the dog take a seat on the bicycle (not moving at first) and then work your way up to short trips and longer distances as your pet gets accustomed to it. Always choose quiet roads with little distractions when starting out. 

Happy cycling!