dog doesn't like trailer on bike

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  1. Lizi

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    We have bought a trailer for the bike to put our dog in but he won't go in! When we did get him in and attached him with a lead, he jumped out and was hanging out of the trailer. Clearly he doesn't like it. We have now taken wheels off and leaving it in the room he sleeps in next to the kitchen and coaxing him in with bit of cheese etc. The question is, will we ever get him in it with the wheels on and attached to the bike? Has anyone else had to train their dog up to use the trailer? Any tips most welcome. We go away next week and were hoping to use this rather than leave him in the motorhome. He is 2 and a half and a working cocker spaniel.
     
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    we have a full harness on each of our three dogs,they are then clipped in to the trailer ,unfortunately i dont have any advice on how to encourage a dog to stay in the trailer as our three all seem to enjoy it , we often get asked by people if they can take photographs of our dogs on the trailer
     
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    We have 2 dogs they did take some time getting to use the trailer, now when off road they run for a bit then get in in. They are happy with now.
     
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    Sadly, since we own a Bernese Mountain Dog, I can only offer advice on how to get the dog to pull the trailer! :D
     
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    We bought a 'mule' open trailer and our collie did the same so then bought a dog trailer online like those used for young children . We put a bed in the bottom and zipped him in, plenty of vents for air and to look out. Wheels come off quick and all folds to about 8" thick, it was about £60 just look up dog trailers.
     
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    You could try fastening the dog in the trailer ,both sides and just pull him around the garden to start with then take him down the road until he settles,Don't forget to give him some treats, it could take a few days when he calms down try again and just walk the bike ,you may have to be patient .Take your trailer with you when you go away and keep at it.lol
     
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    We've had a Doggyride for a couple of years. The dog hated it to start with; howled, barked, kicked and generally made a fuss, and would rather run 10 miles than travel in it. However, he gradually settled into a grudging acceptance and now hops into it without too much fuss. We use it in Croatia in particular, to do a 3 or 4 mile trip from a town to the sea, across very dusty offroad tracks, and he may realise that travelling in the trailer is better than running along breathing dust.

    Good luck!
     
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    After some time with ours, the Cocker isn't keen, the Border accepts it but on occasion jumps out and the Irish takes it in his stride and even sleeps in there when we leave it around.

    I think each dog is different with them and all will take some time to get used to them. I'm not too keen on having a dog all tied up in a trailer that clearly doesn't want to be there but that vs some times you have no choice to get around town etc. In those scenarios I tend to think a covered trailer is better.
     
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    I know Collies are super-intelligent but ........................................ really? ;):D
     
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    Oi watch it buster!
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    In an earlier life the family had a dog... it came fitted with legs... one at each corner.

    It developed a technique of stretching and retracting these things in such a way that it was able to move from one place to another all on its own.

    Someone told me it was called walking.

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    That reminds me of a patient of mine who moved to the UK from Zimbabwe, he was teasing me because I did the Moonwalk a couple of times for breast cancer research, he said he couldn't understand the idea that walking was a form of exercise, at home it was a mode of transport!
     
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    I think we've done that discussion a few times @JJ ;) horses for courses, or in this case dogs for trailers.

    Karen
     
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    I hadn't... ;)

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Yes, our dog originally came fitted like this, but sadly, now only has a leg fitted on three corners. That's why we bought a trailer - he can manage about three miles of running, but no more. We still haven't found a way of getting him to travel in the trailer, though!
     
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    I'm not knocking the dog trailer combo, I have never tried it, but I struggle to understand the need for it, where do you take the dog on bike/trailer where you can't walk or drive the motor home, park and then walk, just curious :)
     
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    We find our dogs good for ten to fifteen miles with a few breaks depending on weather and terrain when we go off on the bikes, but running all the time on mostly tarmac cycle paths can take it's toll on their pads, so the trailer gives them a rest and lets us all visit places further from our pitch, including taking them across town to find a park for them to run in.
    Going back to acclimatising your dog to the trailer, you need to start from the beginning and take plenty of time over it. Put the trailer in a room in the house that the dog uses a lot and with the wheels off, chock the trailer steady with some books or similar to make sure it doesn't rock on the axle fixings, put the occasional treat in there and a favourite bed and then just leave them to work it out. Once they're comfortable with that, then a few short goes around the garden, as smoothly as possible and build it up from there. Most dogs won't have a problem with being enclosed in the trailer but they don't like standing on something that isn't fixed or steady.
     
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    Useful tips, there @jockaneezer I'll give that a try. I think it's the lack of stability which worries him, so letting him get used to it without the wheels seems to be a good suggestion.(y)
     
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