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    I am going to start riding my bike with my dog soon to hopefully increase both our fitness levels and have fun doing it.
    But I'm thinking about getting a bike trailer incase she get tired, plus I may be getting another puppy in the near future who won't be able to run with her until its older and I would rather have it in a trailer than be home by itself..

    I have been looking at the ones made for dogs but they only seem to be able to hold 30kg so if I had her or pup plus food and water in it i would probably go over that limit. And if they where both tired there is no way they would both fit! She is 24kg (last time i checked) and the puppy would be atleast that when fully grown.

    Then I found one that is just a bike trailer that can hold upto 100kg, which would be enough for 2 dogs and food and water..
    But its not closed in like the ones made for dogs, but i was thinking if i had a chain attached to it and that attached to the dogs harness or collar they should be okay?
    Do you think this would be safe??

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    My first thought, is i wouldn't be chaining the dogs into the trailer for safety reasons.

    So what you want is a trailer the dogs can jump on/off of as they become tired, or are trained to do so. The trailer you have shown would fit the bill, off road only.
    Where are you planning to ride i guess is a pertinent question? If this is to be onroad, id be shit scared of taking dogs onto the road on that.
    Have you seen what happens to cyclists on roads? nope, id not have the bottle to do this.

    Secondly, you have yet to start, how do you know how far the dog can run? Maybe your dog can run further than you can cycle. (im just starting this milarky, and that's the case for me, my legs tire oh roughly 3 hrs before my dog does.) And if your dog is tired, cant you stop? rest? This 'resting' box for your dog, is perhaps not required?
    what sort of dog, how fit is it, what response to endurance running does the dog show, where are you going to be riding im interested in. It all sounds like fabulous fun and fitness, but of course you want to get it right.
    Im riding around bush land with dogs running beside bike off leash, far less hi tech than you are planning it seems.

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    i agree on taking your dog for a test run first & see how that goes.

    I bike ride with one of my dogs around the reserve across from my home. I leave the other two behind at home with no problems, there isn't a need to tag your pup along with you.

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    I have always wanted a bike trailer for the dog! I used to ride everywhere. But now I barely do...

    I think you should be able to devise a system so you can attach their car harnesses to the trailer. And I think it would be a good solution if you plan to ride long distances.

    I also agree it all depends on where you plan to start riding, though I disagree that it is necessarily unsafe to take them on the road, depending on what the roads are like.

    And now I want to buy that cargo trailer, to use for cargo.

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    My opinion that this trailer would be unsafe on a road, comes from a very protective mum juice supply i have. Ist fear based, and not logic, just me being scared on a road on a bike, and killer cars around.

    just to clear that bit up lol.

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    I used to drive my human baby around in a trailer, so I got over that fear. Though obviously I didn't go riding on busy roads with her! And admittedly we do have lots of cycle paths in Canberra, but you do still have to ride on some suburban streets to get to them.

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    Thanks for the opinions..

    She is a labrador x golden retriever, 18 months old. I don't know how far she can run because I havent done any running with her yet, I know she can run for ages at the beach without getting tired though. Not sure exactly where Im going to ride yet but probably on the footpath, road, grass and beach.
    I live in a small town and there are only a few bust roads, which are near the shops and I'm not planning on riding there.

    The stopping a resting idea is probably better though seeing as I'm probably only going to go as far as I know she can go. The reason I wanted to bring the future pup with me is because I don't know if she would come without it. When I got her our other dog wouldn't leave the house without her.

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    if you could harness her in yeah I say go for the bike paths..
    For my new baby Mastiff I was thinking of getting a pram for her
    as she can't be walked up until 12 months..
    I'd love to push her up the road in a pram and for someone to come along
    look in the pram and get a fright Bahahaaaaa - How adorable

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    Haha, LL. I actuallly saw a dog pram at the pet store just yesterday!

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    Serious don't dare me cause I will...I'd push my adult girl in a pram
    and she would let me..Bahahaaaaaaa
    I could just see me pushing a big mastiff in a pram and being on the news..
    LMAO

    The dog pram was it suitable for a Dogue ??

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