The Best Bike Trailers for Carting Your Pet Around Safely and Comfortably

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We'd probably all love to be able to take our dogs everywhere we go, but sometimes it's just not possible. For dogs with certain physical disabilities or limited mobility, going for a long walk or hike may not be in the cards, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't still enjoy some fresh air and new sights on a stroll through the neighborhood. Other dogs just may not run well alongside a bicycle and may need other accommodations if their guardian wants to bike a trail. Having a dog trailer to hitch to a bike can be an excellent solution to any commute issue, and there are a number of them available in a range of prices, sizes, and weights.


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What to consider when purchasing a dog bike trailer

Size:‌ When shopping for a vessel to cart your canine friend around in, the size of the structure and the amount of support it offers is the most important thing to consider. Generally, trailers should be just big enough for your dog to sit and turn around comfortably but shouldn't be so big that there's a ton of extra room. As far as support, steel frame structures are incredibly sturdy, but they do weigh more than aluminum frames.

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Needs:‌ Finding the right trailer will depend on your needs for one, and not everyone's needs will be the same. Some people need a dog trailer to take their elderly or physically impaired furry friend outside for some fresh air, while others may just need a way to transport their pet to a hiking trail or other area by bike. Considering the practical aspects of what you'll need from a trailer can help you find one that's the right size, weight, and wheel type.


Couplers:‌ Making sure your dog bike trailer can attach to your bike is essential. Some trailers simply strap onto the back of a bicycle, others require a coupler or adapter to securely hook onto a bike. Most trailers that require a coupler will come with one, but not all models do, so be sure to read all specs carefully and purchase any additional attachments if necessary.


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The best overall dog bike trailer

For anyone with a dog who weighs under 50 pounds, this trailer is just what's needed to cart them around safely and comfortably. This does measure a little on the shorter side with dimensions of 32 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 20 inches high, so dogs on the taller end will likely stick out of the top if they're not lying down. It is constructed with a canopy cover and mesh shielding for ventilation and weather protection and includes the coupler for attaching to bikes with wheels sized 20 inches to 29 inches. A notable thing about this trailer is that it's made with a rear-entry function, making it easy for dogs to step in and out of it on their own, and does include an internal leash to keep your dog safe.


The best budget dog bike trailer

If you're looking for a trailer for under $150, this is a great option to consider as it can also be used as a stroller for your dog. The weight limit on this one is a little less than some others with a recommended max capacity of 55 pounds, and the overall measurements are 42 inches long, 23.25 inches wide, and 38.25 inches high. This comes with a 12-inch rear wheel and a 6-inch front wheel which has a 360-degree swivel function for easy maneuvering and even off-road capability. This ventilates well thanks to mesh windows and comes with a weather-proof cover and includes a D-ring leash hook to keep your pet secure.



The best dog bike trailer for small dogs

If you have a smaller dog to tow around, you can get away with purchasing a smaller trailer as too much unused room can be dangerous. This compact trailer measures 21 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 14 inches high, and is recommended for dogs who weigh 15 to 20 pounds. It comes with a sunroof that can be unzipped completely or layered to offer a mesh window and includes safety reflectors and 16-inch wheels. This trailer does come with a hitch but does not support stroller functionality like some other 2-in-1 trailer/stroller combos.


The best dog bike trailer for medium to large dogs

Larger dogs need larger trailers, and those trailers should be constructed with a solid, heavy frame and large wheels. This trailer is made from steel and runs on 20-inch tires, which can easily carry a weight of up to 66 pounds. It comes with a universal hitch that attaches to your bike's rear axle and includes a nonslip floor made of PE board, as well as a mesh screen layer topped with an optional vinyl layer to keep wind and rain at bay. The constructed trailer measures ‎53 inches long, 29.5 inches wide, and 35.5 inches high, and does collapse for easy storage and transport.


The best multi-pet bike trailer

A trailer intended for more than one pet must be designed to hold and distribute weight evenly. This model with steel frame construction does just that thanks to its low center of gravity, achieved with specially-designed wheel mounting brackets. It comes with a towbar, a hitch, two safety reflectors, and a support rod for keeping the roof from sagging too low when it's zipped closed. Mesh windows line the sides for added comfort and enjoyment, and three storage pockets make it easy to bring treats, drinks, and towels or wipes on your excursion. This trailer is currently offered in size medium, which measures 26 inches long, 17 inches wide, and 20 inches high.

The best rectangular dog bike trailer

Most pet trailers are designed to be wide, but some people may feel more comfortable towing something that's more long and narrow. This is a steel frame trailer/stroller 2-in-1 that's constructed with Oxford cloth fabric that can hold pets up to 88 pounds. The overall measurements of this product are 51.25 inches long, 25.25 inches wide, and 36.25 inches high, or 23.25 inches high without the handlebar attached if you're not using it as a stroller. This is a weather-resistant, collapsible item built for safety with reflective strips and a flag on the back, as well as built-in leash hooks inside to keep your pet in place on rides.


The best lightweight dog bike trailer

If you're looking for a sturdy frame that's lightweight for easy maneuvering, this aluminum and steel option offers an easy ride with less drag. This trailer is offered in two sizes—a small size, which holds pets up to 50 pounds, and a large option, which can hold up to 100 pounds in weight. On their own, the trailers weigh 25.9 pounds and 34 pounds, respectively. Pets are able to enjoy airflow and a nice view through mesh windows on each side of the trailer and are kept in place thanks to a tether that clips to their harness. There's even a safety flag for enhanced visibility. This trailer can collapse for easy storage in between uses and comes with a universal coupler. Small trailers measure ‎31 inches long, 8 inches wide, and 20 inches high, while large trailers measure 54.72 inches long, 31.89 inches wide, and 26.38 inches high. The wheels for both sizes are 16 inches in diameter.

The best dog bike basket

If you have an extra-small canine friend you may not need to go through the trouble of adding an entire trailer to the back of your bike. For small pets who weigh under 15 pounds, you may be able to use this basket, which affixes to the front of a bike. This basket is made of sturdy nylon and polyester materials and measures 10 inches long, 13 inches wide, and 10 inches high. There's no hardware needed to get this basket on your bike, and it comes with a mesh storage pocket for holding water and treats. Additionally, this basket comes with a rain cover to keep your pet dry in case it drizzles and includes a built-in safety clip to keep your pet secure inside of it.

The best multifunctional dog bike trailer

Some outings call for a trailer, others might be more appropriate for a jogger, and this one offers both in one unit. Constructed from durable Oxford cloth fabric, this collapsable ride offers functionality and comfort with a transparent, weatherproof PVC front flap that sticks closed with hook-and-loop fastener, as well as screen windows on either side to create a ride with airflow and excellent views. If you're using this as a trailer, all you have to do is hook it to your rear bike wheel, and if you're using it as a stroller, simply attach the front wheel and add the handlebar to the back. This product is made of a powder-coated tubular steel frame and can support weights up to 88 pounds, and is ideal for bikes measuring 24 to 28 inches. Measurements for this product are 48 inches long, 22 inches wide, and 41 inches high, with 20-inch rear wheels and a 12-inch front wheel.


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