Bike trailers for dogs, or dog carts as they are also known as, are becoming increasingly popular. In this post we examine why people use a dog bike trailer, and how to train your dog to look forward to its ride out.
When compared to motorized transport, cycling is an ideal way to travel. Not only do you get fit, you are also producing a zero carbon footprint. So what better way to take your pet out than a dog bike trailer?
Dogs enjoy exercise, but if your pet is ageing, injured or you live a long distance from the nearest park or open area, a dog bike trailer is the perfect solution to your problems.
You can transport them to the local park or beach and let them have a good walk or run around, whilst at the same time keeping your self fit.
Another reason bike trailers for dogs are becoming so popular is the fact that many pet owners are unwilling to use their car for transporting a muddy, grass covered and often wet dog. Dog bike trailers are manufactured from easy to clean materials that can be quickly washed down. Most trailers also include a washable floor pad that can be removed and hosed off or sponged down, making it possible for your furry friend to be transported with no fuss and very little mess.
Yes, there are alternatives to bike trailers for dogs such as bike baskets and bicycle dog leash kits, however there are some limitations to these types of devices. Dog bike baskets are designed for small, lightweight pets, so if you have a medium to large dog there is no way it will fit into the basket.
The other alternative is a bicycle dog leash kit that allows your pet to run at the side of the bike, however, once again there are drawbacks to this type of device, the main one being; if you have a large, nervous or aggressive dog, connecting a leash to your bicycle could possibly be quite dangerous. Imagine what would happen if your pet saw another dog, a cat or got spooked by traffic.
Bike Trailers For Dogs – How to Train Your Dog
Some dogs are confident and outgoing whilst others are shy and nervous. My first pet trailer was bought for my ageing English springer spaniel, Ellie May, who was unbelievably inquisitive (nosey). As soon as I set the trailer up Ellie May was in it like a shot and refused to come out until feed time. Quite unlike my neighbors Labrador, who at first, refused to go anywhere near the trailer and had to be gradually coaxed into it.
The key to any sort of dog training is patience. Taking things gradually and breaking the training down into small steps is crucial, when your pet is confident and comfortable, move on to the next step. Break the sessions down into small 10 – 15 minute periods and use treats to reward the dog for good behavior.
1. Remove the wheels from the trailer and set it up indoors. Most trailers have quick release wheels that take just a few seconds to take off. If your pet has a blanket it sleeps on, place it inside the trailer. Put a treat and your pet’s favorite toy in the trailer. Don’t force the pet into the trailer, let it go in on its own accord. When the pet enters the trailer, reward it with a treat and lots of fuss. At feed times place the food bowl inside the trailer. Don’t rush it, let your dog get used to going in and out of the trailer and always reward it with a treat and praise. Furwheels.com
2. Once the dog has got used to going in and out of the trailer indoors, it’s time to take the training outside. Re-fit the wheels and connect the trailer to your bike. If you don’t have a kick stand fitted to the bike, ask someone to hold the bike steady when you are loading and unloading your pet. Once again use treats and toys to entice the pet into the trailer. Your aim is to get the pet used to getting in and out of the trailer.
3. Once the dog is accustomed to getting in and out of the built up trailer it’s time to take your first ride. Make sure you secure the dogs leash to the internal fastener to stop it from jumping out. Most modern trailers have a roll back front/top that will allow the dog to sit upright, this will allow your inquisitive friend to see exactly what’s going on, reducing the stress of being confined inside a moving tent.
4. Keep your first trip short, a ride around the block is an ideal starting point. Also make sure to take it easy on your first few journeys, keep it smooth and slow, avoiding rough terrain, pot holes, curbs, sudden braking and tight cornering. After every trip out, reward your pet with a treat and lots of fuss.
5. When you’ve been for a few trips around the block you can then start to lengthen the journeys. Destinations such as the park, a woodland area or to the beach will soon have your dog associating a trip in the trailer with a fun and exciting place to visit. Once your dog is comfortable with going out for a ride in the trailer you will find that it opens up a whole new world of quality time that can be spent with your furry companion.
We regularly go on camping trips, the trailer gets connected to the bike in the daytime and at night it doubles as a personal tent for our dog. If you are tired of leaving your furry friend at home when you are out on your bike or away camping, connecting a dog trailer to your cycle is a great way of hitting the road with your pet.
Bike trailers for dogs can be assembled and disassembled easily, folded down for transportation within a vehicle and can be used for carrying other items such as shopping.
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