As pack animals, dogs want to be around their owners. If you enjoy bike rides, your dog could run alongside you. However, if you have an older dog or your canine companion can't run because of joint problems, running isn't a viable option. Attach a dog trailer to your bike and take your canine companion along to enjoy the outdoors together.
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Because you exert the energy to power your bike, you want anything you attach to your bike to be lightweight. With a dog bike trailer, you haul the trailer plus the dog's weight. Aluminium frame trailers are the lightest and least expensive. The dog trailer needs to have plenty of ventilation to keep your dog cool. Since you probably won't take your dog on every ride, another important feature is how easily the trailer can be put on and taken off. Compartments for treats and water are also handy features. Most importantly, the trailer needs to match the size of your dog.
Burley Tail Wagon
Burley is an Oregon-based company specialising in bike trailers. Their Tail Wagon trailer has a zippered front that rolls up to let your dog in and out, mesh windows and pockets for treats and leashes. The flooring lifts for cleaning, and the trailer folds down for easy storage. The Burley Tail Wagon fits dogs up to 34kg.
Wike Wagalong Trailers
Wike offers trailers in large and standard sizes. The large trailer carries up to 36.3kg., while the standard tows up to 13.6kg. Both trailers feature reflective materials for better visibility, folding for storage and tinted mesh windows. The frame is partially built with stainless steel that adds to the overall weight of the trailer.
DoggyRide Novel Dog Bike Trailer
The DoggyRide trailer uses an aluminium alloy to keep the frame as light as possible. The trailer's interior is designed for your dog's comfort and includes a cushioned head rest, anti-slip flooring and a kickstand to stabilise the trailer while your dog is getting in and out. The trailer features a quick release for easy attachment and removal and folds for storage. The cabin of the trailer doubles as a training crate or your dog's own tent while camping. This trailer hauls up to 49.9kg. of pooch.
The frame of this trailer is built entirely from steel, making it sturdy but heavier than an all aluminium frame. The cabin is well-ventilated and zips wide open to make it easier for big dogs to get in and out. This trailer is ready to carry big dogs up to 45.4kg. It attaches to your rear wheel, making it a little more complicated to attach than most bike trailers.
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