Best Dog Bike Trailer:
The best dog bike trailers are those which have a large enough opening to allow your pooch to walk around inside it. These trailers should not only provide adequate space for your pup but they should also offer plenty of room for him or her to stretch out and lie down. You may want to consider buying one with extra storage space if you plan on taking your pooch on long rides.
The ideal size for most dogs is between 15″ and 20″. If you’re looking at purchasing a new puppy dog trailer, make sure to get one with a large enough opening so that your pup can stand up and turn around comfortably. Some puppies like to climb into the bedding area while others prefer to sleep on their backs.
If you plan on using your dog’s trailer regularly, then it would be wise to invest in a sturdy and durable material such as plastic or metal. Plastic and metal tend to break much easier than wood. Wood tends to rust over time making it less useful for use as a dog carrier.
The best part about these type of trailers is that they are relatively inexpensive compared to other types of dog carriers. They can range from $50-$200 depending on what kind of materials you choose and how many you buy. If you want something cheaper and of lesser quality, then you could go to a department store and buy one for around $20-$50.
These are great for short rides and smaller dogs. They can be attached to the back of your bike and they come in different styles. The downside is that they don’t allow your dog to sit or lay down inside them so you need to make sure they can hold themselves up.
These are perfect for long distance rides and large dogs. They have a large storage space in the front where you can put extra supplies and bedding. They can be heavy if you decide to fill them up with supplies so they are mainly used for larger dogs.
They sit right behind the seat and can be attached to the back of your bike. They can be expensive ranging $200-$600.
There are also trailer that have been converted into a dog carrier with the use of netting and windows. The benefit of these is that you have more space and your dog also has more space. The downsides are that depending on the size of your dog, they may be able to jump out if they aren’t tethered or you aren’t paying attention.
They also can get expensive costing $600-$1400 or more.
These are great for smaller dogs and short distances. They can attach to the back of your bike and come in different styles. The downside is that they only allow them to sit up front with you and don’t have any storage compartment.
Depending on size, they can cost between $35-$200.
These are a combination of 2 styles mentioned above. They have the headroom of an open trailer and the storage area of a box trailer. These allow your pet to sit or lay down in them.
They can be combined with a bike rack to allow you to tow them. The downside is that they can be expensive costing $400-$800 or more.
Here are some tips when picking out a carrier for your dog:
Be sure the carrier you choose is big enough for your pet to stand up, turn around, and lie down in comfortably. This is especially important if you have a large breed as they need room to grow.
If you’re planning on keeping them inside the carrier for long periods of time, be sure there is adequate ventilation.
Check that all parts of the carrier are sturdy and strong.
The door should be easy to open and close. You don’t want it to get stuck while on the road.
Make sure there is a handle on top or side of the carrier so that you can easily lift it when full.
Choose a color that blends in with your surroundings. If you are using your carrier for hunting, choose a color that blends in with nature. If using your carrier for safety, choose a bright color.
Make sure there is a bed, blanket, or cushion inside the carrier for your pet to sit on.
If you’re using the carrier for long distance travel, be sure the carrier has adequate ventilation on all sides.
These are just some tips to keep in mind when picking out the right carrier for your dog. Be sure to consider your pet’s needs and make the right choice for the both of you.
Sources & references used in this article:
Pet transporter by T Crawford – US Patent 7,152,554, 2006 – Google Patents
Running and riding trailer by AL Carter, BC Carter – US Patent 8,950,767, 2015 – Google Patents
Pet trailer by MM French – US Patent 3,865,425, 1975 – Google Patents
Pet carrier by RL Ravin – US Patent 5,832,874, 1998 – Google Patents
Folding trailer by AL Carter, BC Carter – US Patent 9,108,697, 2015 – Google Patents
Pet carrier for travelers by RS Burns, WA Poteet – US Patent 6,516,751, 2003 – Google Patents
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