Teaching Your Dog To Ride In A Bike Trailer

Teaching Your Dog To Ride In A Bike Trailer

A pet trailer is one of the best ways that you can enjoy the hobby of cycling while still taking your pet out to get some air.

Too many pet owners are forced to choose between their love of biking and taking their pet outside enough times in a day. There are only so many hours in a day, after all.

Today, we will be looking at the best ways to get your dog accustomed to riding in a pet trailer. We will be looking at pet trailer tips as well as pet trailer safety to ensure that your trips go as smoothly as possible.

Introducing Your Dog To The Pet Trailer

The first step in getting your dog comfortable with using the pet trailer is to get them inside of it in the first place. You will want to find some way to get your dog to go inside of the trailer. The best way is to find something that will attract their attention, such as one of your dog's toys or a doggy snack.

Introducing Your Dog To The Pet Trailer

Once you have found something which attracts your dog's attention, use it in combination with a leash to bring your pet to the bike trailer.

Open up the bike trailer and try and get your dog inside of it by throwing the snack or the treat inside of it. If you have a smaller dog, you can always just pick it up and put it inside, but a toy or snack in this case would help keep them inside of the trailer.

Keep in mind that a pet trailer looks like a dark, intimidating environment for a dog that is not used to its confines, so it helps to do anything you can to make your dog feel more comfortable about it.

Once they are inside, all you have to do is close up the flap, and make sure that your dog is not exhibiting any signs of being overly uncomfortable.

Biking Safely With A Pet Trailer

The next thing to consider, once your dog has successfully entered the pet trailer is how you are going to bike in the safest way possible. You will want to bike a little more slowly than you usually do for a combination of reasons. Primarily, it will be less of a strain due to the added weight of the trailer.

Biking Safely With A Pet Trailer

On the other hand, you also want the ride to be enjoyable for your dog, so you will not want to make any abrupt turns or stops. You are trying to get your dog comfortable with the idea of being in a pet trailer, so it helps to make the experience as comfortable as possible.


As you can see, it is not the hardest thing in the world to get your dog used to using a pet trailer. The most important thing is patience.

Do not try to force things along, or your dog will most likely not enjoy the experience. If there are any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

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