That red motorbike and sidecar with Gromit riding shotgun is something once seen, never forgotten.
A sidecar often attracts attention on the road, and how much more so with a pooch for a passenger! If bikes are your preferred transport and you have a passion for sidecars, then you'll want to share the experience with your best buddy. Plus, it's a fun way of getting around, so why not enjoy being different and go biking with your best buddy.
If you do decide to go down the route of having a canine co-pilot, as well as training him to be happy in the sidecar, also spare a thought for his safety. A pair of safety goggles is a good idea to protect his eyes from road grit, while a crash-test approved safety harness is also a must.
The aim is to teach the dog that a sidecar is a safe place to be and nice things happens when inside it. Then the dog will willingly get inside and enjoy his road trips, which makes it fun for everyone.
You can train a dog of any age to be confident in a sidecar. If you have a puppy, get ahead of the game by introducing the sidecar early as part of his socialization. Puppies are particularly open to learning new experiences, so feeding him in the sidecar will get you a long way to having an adult dog that's comfortable riding on the open road.
I’m considering trying to teach her Motorcycle rides with me. I would definitely need a sidecar or something similar since she’s an 85 pound dog. But I have trained her to be my service dog due to my medical condition so she goes everywhere with me and she doesn’t seem scared of the motorcycle but it’s hard to leave her and go for long rides. Please give me some advice as how to proceed or if this is a silly idea.
Hello, I apologize but I really do not have any experience with information on a sidecar. My hesitation would be that a dog is not protected like a person is (with helmet, boots, thick jacket and gloves, eye protection, etc.). I researched a bit and saw that sidecars are expensive and also change the handling of the bike. I think if you take Coco for a nice long walk before you go off on your bike and also provide attention and playtime when you get back, she'll do just fine at home (and be safer). This is my opinion based on what I have read, as I mentioned I am not an authority on the subject. By the way, congratulations on your service dog work. All the best!
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Any advice on how to best train/help large dog get into a sidecar? Ruzica went for her first sidecar ride yesterday (5/12/2019). She loves to ride in my car (front seat) and my truck (truck bed)... she readily took to the sidecar. We went out for 2 more rides today. My only problem is getting her into the sidecar. Any tips on how to best go about getting her onboard will be appreciated. Thanks, -brian