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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. 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 bicycle
Generally speaking, these are the safest accessories to carry your dog 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 pup.
#1. Cargo bikes for dogs
This is the most comfortable, safe and easy option to carry dog on bicycle. This option can come as an add-on module, which you can add to your current bike or as a proper bike with the cargo functionality.
In both cases, this option ensures high visibility as the cars will be more careful around you. Plus lots of extra room and easy handling (it doesn’t affect the balance). Most dogs prefer the stability of a cargo as it doesn’t tilt side to side. By sitting at the front, they love feeling in control of the situation. This system allows you to have full view & control of your pet. 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’s a main downside though: the module might add a lot of extra weight which can make riding challenging. We advise adding an electric assistance in this case.
At AddBike, we developed an accessory for pets: 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 of the bike. We designed a technology where the wheels tilt to one side when turning but the module 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 the best 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.
#2. Dog trailerA dog trailer works similarly to a cargo bike but it’s an accessory that can only be attached to the back. Dog’s trailers can come in various shapes and forms, there’s a great variety 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 some pets. Photo & copyright: Croozer dog trailer
#3. Dog bike basketThis 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. It can also be installed 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
Bike safety and things to keep in mind when carry dog on bicycle
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, 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 out. 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 can help you set your pup for success!
Don’t forget to bring along some of his favourite treats to reward the good behaviours to create positive associations 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 pet feeling cosy and comfortable on your bike
First and foremost, introduce your dog to his new bike accessory!
Bring the bike/accessory in a safe environment like your garden or apartment. 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. Eventually you can let the dog take a seat on the bicycle (not moving at first) and then work your way up to longer distances. Always choose quiet roads with little distractions when starting out.