Dogs also enjoy fresh air in their hair. The usual way to transport a dog on a bicycle is by putting him or her into an animal carrier. When choosing an appropriate model, consider the weight and dimensions of the animal, and always respect the maximum load. Let your dog try out the box to find out if they feel happy and comfortable.
Retailers offer boxes in a variety of sizes and designs. Choose a material to suit your needs as your dog will probably be OK with anything. You can find boxes made of metal or waterproof materials; the boxes can also be open or covered. Make sure the bottom of the box has a firm base that is safe and durable. A blanket or towel used as lining will soften the bumps and make the ride cosier, and a removable bottom will make the box accessible to wash. Most manufacturers mount safety belts to prevent the dog from slamming against the walls in case of an accident.
Owners of small breeds can use a backpack instead of a box. Experiencing the warmth and proximity to its master, a dog sitting in a backpack enjoys solid protection of the rider’s back. The downside of that kind of solution is the limited capacity and maximum load given by the size and design. The average backpack can accommodate a dog that weighs up to 10 kilogrammes. Your back would be sweaty and sore even when transporting smaller breeds, though. When choosing the right product, focus primarily on the weight capacity, ventilation panels and reflective (or safety) features.
If a backpack doesn’t suit your tastes, consider a bike basket. An open bike basket gives its passengers a good view and fresh air. It is no wonder that it is popular among both owners and dogs. Once again, the handlebar baskets (or similar handlebar dog bike bags) are designed more for lapdogs or smaller breeds, up to a maximum of 8-10 kilogrammes. The designs vary among models intended to be attached to the handlebars, stem or headset.
Heavier breeds weighing over 10 kg might find a comfortable place in a basket on a rack mounted above the rear wheel. Front and rear variants have their cons and pros. While the front position provides the rider with visual control over the dog, a potential crash might be riskier because the dog goes headfirst. Dogs hidden behind the rider’s back take advantage of a safer position but at the cost of being out of sight. Many dog baskets are equipped with a quick release to swiftly click on and off. Dogs trained to feel confident and quiet might even take advantage of a ride on a device resembling a classical baby seat, mounted either on the front or the back of the bike.
The big dogs will have the best time in a trailer pulled behind the bike. The solution is almost indistinguishable from the chariots designed for kids. Good weight balance and centre of gravity over the third axle make the ride almost effortless. Worsen manoeuvrability and higher purchase price count to the drawbacks of the chariot layout. On the other hand, you can carry even smaller dogs that might spend the bike day half asleep. Whether your furry friend is 20 kg, 40 kg, or even just a tiny pup, using a chariot behind your bike is the safest, most efficient, and legally compliant way to transport them with ease!