I’m sure you’ve seen, like I have, people exercising their dogs on leashes while riding their bikes. I’ve always thought it to be a bit unsafe for the dog due to the possibility of an accident, while a leash of such length cannot be comfortable for the dog.
Now, Ben Carter, a US inventor has come up with a solution that allows the dog to be exercised safely within a bike trailer while also offering the dog a chance of some respite when it is tired from running.
The trailer, which has the working name of Puprunner, has a folding floor that can be put up on the sides of the trailer to create a running/walking area for the dog. The dog itself is attached to the trailer by a connecting strap that be attached to a short dog leash.
When the dog is tired or needs to rest the folding floor can be put down and the dog can stand on the floor and take in the sights while the owner continues to ride.
There are other dog walking/cycling solutions out there but Mr Carter believes his is the first that combines an element of exercise, resting the dog and providing a safe environment for the dog away from cars, bikes and pedestrians. He came up with the trailer idea when he and his wife looked at how best to take their miniature schnauzers safely with them on bike rides.
The prototype trailer fits a dog of that size though the trailer can take any dog of normal size i.e. not a Great Dane.
Mr Carter hope to go into full production with Puprunner if there is enough distribution interest and hopes to retail the product at $329 (£205).