There are a few things you should keep in mind when riding a bike with your dogs.
What would be more beautiful than a relaxing bike ride in nature? Maybe a bike ride with the dog. In this article, I will show you how to get your dog to run close to the bike and what to take care of when you take him for a walk.
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Before you teach your dog to walk near a bike, ask yourself if the pet is suitable for this canine sport. There are breeds of dogs that would not have fun at all on a bike ride because of their physique. Your veterinarian will certainly be happy to provide you with more information about this.
Bicycles are not unusual for us. But the dog may be skeptical when he sees it for the first time. That’s why you should introduce him to your vehicle step by step before you go on the road.
If you want to get your dog used to this “unknown object”, don’t immediately sit on your bike during the first training sessions. Push the bike at first. You can also ask a friend to push the bike while you focus completely on the dog.
Before the first ride with your dog and your bike, tell your dog to sit and wait until he receives the “come” command from you. Keep the animal on a leash and the bike between you and him.
Make sure it goes on the opposite side of the traffic.
Never tie the leash to the handlebar when riding a bike.
When pushing the bike, the dog should walk on a leash freer and always be next to the seat.
Change direction and step from time to time. Let the dog sit down as soon as you stop. If this exercise works, you can move on to the next step.
Once the dog is no longer as shy about the bike and the first workouts have gone well, you can get on your bike and start walking slowly. Choose sidewalks or paths with as little traffic and activity as possible at the beginning.
Practice easy turns and avoid obstacles for the dog. You can venture into the park or on roads with little traffic only once you are completely sure that the animal is listening to your commands. Increase the speed and duration of the walk, step by step, to form the resistance of the dog gradually.
Cycling is usually a taboo subject for dogs under 12 months or sick and old dogs.
Never give your dog food before a walk.
Cycling is like a sports session for the dog. So, start slowly and increase the speed along the way. Plan a rest period at the end, for the dog to recharge his batteries after training.
Riding a bike is very demanding for the dog. Therefore, avoid walking on hot days and on high humidity.
Take regular breaks for the animal to recover. Make sure you always have a bottle of water for your dog when out biking.
Avoid long rides on asphalt when planning your route. The hard surface of the road stresses the sensitive paws of the dog.
Avoid crowded streets because car exhaust is harmful to both you and your dog. A walk out in nature is much more relaxing and restful for you two.
It is forbidden to take animals on a leash tied to a vehicle. But there is an exception for bicycles. If you, as its owner, have the animal under control and do not pose a danger to traffic, you can ride the bike with it without problems.
Of course, it is also important to take into account the good condition of the animals and to bike only with dogs who are capable of this. Local laws determine whether or not a leash is needed while riding a bike.
This question always arises when you go on roads, where the leash is mandatory. Often a dog harness is a better choice because the risk of injury in the event of a sudden stop is lower and a harness gives the dog more safety than a collar.
Using a leash holder is also practical when riding a bike and keeping the dog on a leash. A so-called dog bike spacer has the advantage that you can fully concentrate on driving your bike. The spacer ensures that the dog will always remain at a safe distance from the bike.
Do you have a small or young dog? You don’t have to stop biking with your dog. You can take your dog on a bike with a basket instead of letting him run near it. An alternative would be a trolley or bicycle trailer, which gives you additional stability while pedaling and protects your dog from wind and rain.
With a little training, the right accessories and my tips, your next bike ride with your dog will be safe and relaxed. The circulatory system of the dog and the owner will enjoy fresh air and movement, especially in spring. What would be better than a few regular bike rides?