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Dog Bicycle Carriers - How to Select Dog Bicycle Carriers

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With dog bicycle carriers, you never have to leave your small dog at home while you go for a ride on your two-wheeler. Dog bicycle carriers are a safe, convenient, and a fun way to take your best friend along for rides in the country, around town, or just around the block.
But all dog bicycle carriers are not created equal. What's the best choice for your dog? We'll help you find out.

Features to Consider in Dog Bicycle Carriers

When choosing among dog bicycle carriers, size, comfort and safety are your most important considerations. Not all dogs can ride in dog bicycle carriers. While dog bicycle carriers come in many different styles and sizes, most top out at dogs weighing just over 20 pounds. These are the small or ‘toy' breeds. At greater weights, the size and weight of your dog could cause you to lose control of your bicycle.

Dog bicycle carriers can be as simple as deep wicker baskets, with safety straps for your pet. Many popular dog bicycle carriers are made of nylon, and feature rain protection, as well as pockets to hold dog food, or treats, and water—both for your convenience, and your dog's safety. Some dog bicycle carriers even feature pull-out liners for easy cleaning in case of ‘accidents.'

Soft interior surfaces make for a comfortable ride. And if your dog is comfortable, he or she will be more likely to enjoy riding in dog bicycle carriers.

Dog bicycle carriers should be lightweight and attach securely to your handlebars with plastic snaps, buckles, or through another secure locking system. If the dog bicycle carrier should come loose while you're riding, it could cause harm to both you, and your pet.

Getting Comfortable With Your Dog Bicycle Carriers

Dogs are sometimes reluctant to try dog bicycle carriers for the first time. So make the first experience a good one, by simply placing the dog in the dog bicycle carrier while the carrier is sitting on the floor. Offer encouragement, and maybe a treat, until the dog adjusts to this new environment. Then try it on the bike while the bicycle is parked. Finally, take your pet for a short ride in the dog bicycle carrier. Once your dog develops a pleasant association with dog bicycle carriers, you won't be able to keep him or her off the bike.

Ideal Dog Bicycle Carriers

Dog bicycle carriers should be large enough to hold your dog securely, and comfortably. You should never use dog bicycle carriers that are too small for your dog. They can be made from nylon, wicker, or other lightweight materials, but they should be easy to clean, and easy to use. Dog bicycle carriers should attach securely to your handlebars, and feature pockets to hold food, treats and water, as well as offering rain protection for your pet.

Safety Tips for your Dog Bicycle Carriers

Never leave dogs unattended in dog bicycle carriers. A wriggling dog could cause the bicycle to fall over. Mountain biking over rugged trails is not recommended when using dog bicycle carriers. Make the ride a smooth one that you both can enjoy.

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