Finding the best dog basket for your bike can be a bit of a challenge. There are so many different bike baskets on the market, it’s difficult to know which is best for your particular needs. When choosing a bike basket, consider the size of your dog. If your dog is a puppy consider its current size as well as the projected size it will be as an adult. You don’t want your dog to outgrow her bicycle dog basket in just a few months.
The most important factor you should consider when shopping for a dog carrier for your bike is safety. The dog should be able to sit safely in the box without fear that it will get unattached and jump out. In order to be a safe basket, your dog must be within the weight requirements set by the manufacturer. If your dog weighs too much, do not assume the basket will work for them. You don’t want them falling out as you travel down the road at high speed.
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Having a bicycle dog carrier allows you to tote and transport your dog with you further distances than you can achieve through walking alone. Getting out of the house is beneficial for your dog as it gives them a change of scenery and reduces their stress. Studies have shown that a dog’s health is better if they are outdoors with their owner more often. And bike baskets for dogs are much less expensive than strollers and carts. Finally, taking your dog out in a bike basket provides a social outlet for you. You and your pooch are sure to attract plenty of attention as you ride around town.
Be careful to make sure that your dog meets the weight specifications of the basket. Most small baskets are good for dogs up to around 14 pounds. Larger baskets can handle dogs up to around 24 pounds. This means that pretty much any toy breed should fit well in a bicycle basket. Even though your dog meets the weight requirements, however, does not mean they will be comfortable in the basket. Make sure the dimensions of the basket are adequate to fit your dog. Remember to include for the fact that a puppy will grow over time. Also, try to get a basket that fits the dog well. You don’t want to get a basket that is meant for dogs up to 24 pounds and is large if you have a tiny, 5-pound dog.
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Make sure the bicycle dog carrier has sufficient inner padding to offer comfort to your dog. A rain cover or a shade offers protection from the elements. Also, check to make sure there is proper ventilation for your pet. Some convertible carriers can be changed into a dog car seat or even a bed, making them a great choice for dog owners on the go. Also, some bicycle baskets for dogs have pockets and pouches for doggy treats and water.
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When considering the best dog bicycle basket, find one that is constructed well and cleans easily. Even if your pet is perfectly trained, accidents happen. In addition, dogs shed and paws can get messy. Microfiber material can be wiped down to prevent any staining from use. Some of the dog bicycle baskets have removable covers. These covers can be easily removed and thrown in the wash in order to keep the carrier clean.
Be sure to check that the basket mounts firmly against your bike. Too much give and the basket will bounce around as your ride. Not only is this dangerous, it also can make your dog feel insecure and afraid. Instead, secure the basket properly using the safety strap mechanism that should be included with the basket. Another safety feature some baskets offer is a reflective strip that is designed to increase safety in low-light conditions.
Most bicycle dog carriers fit on the front of the bike, on the handlebars. But some attach to the rear of the bike. If your dog tends to be timid and shy, you may before a front-riding basket so that your puppy can see your face during the ride. This will provide added security for your dog. (It may also mean that your pet gets extra attention, so watch out for his growing bunch of neighborhood fans!)
When riding with your dog, you are carrying precious cargo! In the event of a crash, you or your dog could be injured severely. If you have been involved in a bicycle crash and have suffered damages, contact an experienced bicycle crash lawyer right away. The lawyers at Kass & Moses have a strong history of representing injured cyclists. They help them recover losses due to damages incurred in crashes, and they can help you, too. Contact Kass & Moses today for a free consultation.