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Touring w/doggie?

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MrBent:
Does anyone out there have experience touring with a good-sized dog?  We've got a wonderful 50lb. border collie/cattle dog mix that we're going to try touring with.  We'll be getting a Burley "Solo" trailer.  The idea is to have my wife as stoker on our recumbent tandem trike control the dog while he walks/trots uphill and then have Django the Wonder Dog ride down hill and on the flats.  We think we can get him to jump in and out of the trailer for rolling terrain.  That's the theory, anyway!  Any imput, advice, wisdom appreciated.

Thanks,

Scott

mfh1399:
We have a 60lbs dog and we bought a childs tag along bike.  one that you attach to your bike and it has a hood if it rains etx. It took some work to get her in and then we had the problem of keeping her in when she saw a squirrl etx. so we had to tie her in.  It does work and we are able to enjoy the biking and take her with us.  good luck :)

biker_james:
No personal experience, but when on holidays we did pass a fellow doing what you want to. Had a big dog (husky) and a trailer that was flat on top for the dog to ride on on the flats & downhills. When we saw him the dog was walking up the hill beside the bike.
I think the biggest obstacle would be training your dog if he doesn't think its a good idea. With the right dog I think it will work fine.

mfh1399:
I was unable to find your reply  to doggie travel  mary hudson  mfh1399@hotmail.com

MrBent:
Thanks for all your replies, everyone.  My wife and I just recently got a Burley "Solo" trailer for hauling children.  We removed just about everything for holding a child and added some tie-downs for the Django, the hound in question.  Today we did our first little zip around the 'hood.  We went slowly, and he seemed to get used to it.  Mostly, I think, we just need to ease him into it, make it fun, provide lots of treats, etc.  BTW, the Burley "Solo" is beautifully made and has a 100lb load limit.  Burley makes great stuff.

If you folks see a looooong recumbent tandem trike hauling a trailer in N. Cal. this summer, odds are it's us!  

Thanks,

Scott

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