Bike Carriers for Dogs

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Bike Carriers for Dogs
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Bike carriers provide a safe and fun way to take your dog along for the ride. Both handlebar-mounted carriers for small dogs and trailers to suit bigger dogs are available and offer safety and comfort that make cycling fun for both humans and canines. Instead of driving to the park, you can take your dog on your bike and get an even better workout in the process.

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Significance

Dog carriers offer owners an opportunity to spend more time with their dogs and take them new places while also exercising. If you'd like to ride your bike for errands, for example, you can take your dog along in a special carrier designed just for him. Because most dogs want nothing more than to hang out with their owners, a well-designed and safe bike carrier makes their dreams come true.

Types

There are two primary types of bike carriers for dogs. One is a basket-style carrier used primarily for small dogs. These are usually mounted on the handlebars or a rear rack. A widely available brand of is Snoozer, which makes a wide range of dog transportation products. The second type is a trailer that's towed. It's often used for kids or groceries but can also be used for transporting your dog. Popular bike trailer brands include Burley, BOB, Instep and Schwinn. Croozer and DoggyRide are two brands specifically designed for dogs.

Function

The basket and trailer carriers both make it possible to transport your dog safely while also assuring comfort for your dog and protection from road hazards like broken glass. It's not safe to try to ride your bike while holding your dog's leash and allowing him to run alongside; a specially designed carrier makes it possible to bring your dog along safely.

Features

A well-designed carrier for the handlebars should be made of sturdy materials that will support your dog's weight. Most are limited to dogs that weigh 9.07 Kilogram or less. Bike trailers come in many designs, but most mount to the rear wheel and are made of light but strong materials so they can be towed smoothly.

Considerations

For medium to large dogs, a bike trailer is the best option. The dog can sit or lie restrained in the trailer as you pedal along. Small dogs will enjoy being up front in a handlebar basket; these carriers have comfortable linings and safety harnesses to make sure the dog doesn't jump out. Anything mounted on your handlebars will change your bike's steering, so ride with this type of carrier with caution at first until you are accustomed to the difference. Be sure that whatever type of carrier you buy, it has adequate safety features to keep your dog restrained during the ride; merely putting your dog in a typical bike basket or saddlebag won't protect it in a crash or keep it from jumping out in excitement.

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