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Old 08-18-06, 03:58 AM   #1
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Kid's trailer as a dog trailer

Can I actually use a trailer designed for kids to haul my dogs around? Ive been looking for one to carry my puppies around but they are too expensive brand new so I found one one craigslist, but it's a kids trailer. Is there any law about this or something? The trailers are rated to carry 100 lbs and my puppies are 50 and 30 lbs. Thanks for any input.

Here's the trailer I am interested in: http://sandiego.craigslist.org/bik/195536837.html
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Old 08-18-06, 05:43 AM   #2
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I see people around here with dogs in normal child trailers all the time.
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Old 08-18-06, 06:20 AM   #3
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No law against it. I do recommend you buy a harness that is designed to have a seat belt go through it to keep the dog contained. Petco & Petsmart both have them. You can probably find them online too.
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Old 08-18-06, 08:15 AM   #4
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Make sure you use a leash and a harness as mentioned. They do want to jump ship once in a while. I made a four point harness connected to his collar to keep him centered for this.
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Old 08-18-06, 08:29 AM   #5
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I see a lot of dogs here that ride in people's front baskets. One person here even made a helmet for her dog!
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Old 08-18-06, 04:00 PM   #6
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The only drawback to doing this is that people will look at you like you are a moron. THen again, if you are an avid cyclist you should be pretty accustomed to this. I took our new puppy on a ride with my 5 year old in the trailer.

That didn't go so hot as the dog kept nibbling on my daughter and that caused her to freak out. Plus the dog crawled in the back of the trailer into the space behind the seat. I guess that was ok but i don't know if he could get out of there or not, cuz that is where he stayed for the rest of the ride.
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yeah I tried with my older dog which is a sheltie he only did one ride I don't think he will do it again best to start em out as a puppy so they get used to it my trailer is just a tub with no seat and it is plastic great to clean if he makes a mess
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Cooper, one of my 3 American Eskimo dogs, loves to ride in this kid trailer. We've done several multi-day rides - his longest day was 80 miles. One on my other dogs does not like riding in the trailer at all... the other is ok with it, but does not seem to enjoy it as much as Cooper does. Not many people look at me like I am a moron, most seem to somewhat entertained by it.
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Old 08-18-06, 09:04 PM   #9
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This guy seems to think it's OK. Luckie seemed to like it too.

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That is excellent! ^^^^ What kind of trailer is it?
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Old 08-19-06, 09:24 AM   #11
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Cooper, one of my 3 American Eskimo dogs, loves to ride in this kid trailer. We've done several multi-day rides - his longest day was 80 miles. One on my other dogs does not like riding in the trailer at all... the other is ok with it, but does not seem to enjoy it as much as Cooper does. Not many people look at me like I am a moron, most seem to somewhat entertained by it.
I feel like the Pied Piper now when I take Bailey in the trike. I have never had so much positive attention on a bike. Everyone has to see him, pat him, or at least comment on how much they like him. We still have not gone over about 40 miles, it's been pretty hot. I don't take him out in the very hot weather.

Do you have any problems with drivers?

With that much fur the hot weather must be a big problem?
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Personally I'd put the dog on the other side.


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bluesdawg- can you give us some info on that doggie sidecar? manufacturer and the like, that looks like exactly what I've been looking for!
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bluesdawg- can you give us some info on that doggie sidecar? manufacturer and the like, that looks like exactly what I've been looking for!
Sorry. I'd be glad to help if I could. It's just a guy and a dog I saw on Bicycle Ride Across Georgia this year. I saw them every day on the road and the dog was loving the ride and all the attention. But I don't know any details about the sidecar.
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This might be the one.
http://www.chariotcarriers.com/html_...idecarrier.htm
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Old 08-20-06, 05:22 PM   #16
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2manybikes, I have never had problems with drivers, most exercise more caution and give me more room when I am pulling the trailer. Then again, I stay away from most of the busier roads while pulling also. Though Cooper is leashed in, you just never know when something may go wrong and he might get out of the trailer somehow. I do also stay away from long rides in temps above 80. Most of my long days with Cooper aboard we hit the road around 7:00 am, and are off the road before the main heat of the day. Biggest thing I think is the direct sunlight, not their fur. From what the breeders say, the fur acts as insulation - keeps them warm in the winter, and supposedly cooler in the summer than if you shave them.

Interesting also - I mentioned in my first post that I have three dogs - took Cooper out for a short 7 miles spin this afternoon, and the other one that likes to ride for a 15 mile ride. The other's name..... is Bailey! She hasn't ridden much in the past, but Cooper has had some issues lately that make me hesitate to take him for longer rides anymore. Bailey may get to pinch hit for a while!
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2manybikes, I have never had problems with drivers, most exercise more caution and give me more room when I am pulling the trailer. Then again, I stay away from most of the busier roads while pulling also. Though Cooper is leashed in, you just never know when something may go wrong and he might get out of the trailer somehow. I do also stay away from long rides in temps above 80. Most of my long days with Cooper aboard we hit the road around 7:00 am, and are off the road before the main heat of the day. Biggest thing I think is the direct sunlight, not their fur. From what the breeders say, the fur acts as insulation - keeps them warm in the winter, and supposedly cooler in the summer than if you shave them.

Interesting also - I mentioned in my first post that I have three dogs - took Cooper out for a short 7 miles spin this afternoon, and the other one that likes to ride for a 15 mile ride. The other's name..... is Bailey! She hasn't ridden much in the past, but Cooper has had some issues lately that make me hesitate to take him for longer rides anymore. Bailey may get to pinch hit for a while!

Thanks.

My daughter will be interested to hear about another Bailey in a bike trailer! Saturday I saw another small dog in a trike. It was a folding trike with 20" wheels.

So far I have seen three other dogs in trikes. Maybe three in baskets on a bike, and maybe 5 or 6 in trailers. (Not counting photos on line).

Hi Bailey! Good dog!
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