Go Biking With Your Dog
Special Interest: Biking
It helps to have your dog used to running next to you before biking so your dog is better trained to keep pace with you and to walk or run in a straight path. You should also have a good idea on how much your dog can run and when he needs a break. You may use a bike attachment to ensure that your dog is away from your bike or use a long lead that allows your dog to run comfortably. If the area that you are biking allows it, you may also bike with your dog off leash, but please make sure you can control and recall your dog.
Get your dog used to the bike first by walking on the left side of your bike while your dog walks on the right side of the bike. Start on slow bike rides and gradually increase the speed. Your dog should always have a comfortable stride. Start teaching him commands such as slow, stop, go easy, left, right, and leave it. When you stop, make sure your dog stays, sits, and then looks at you.
If your dog does not like to run, you could put him in a trailer or basket while you bike. He’ll still enjoy being outdoors with his favorite human!
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Items Needed: Bike, Bike Helmet, Bike Repair Kit, Bike Attachment or Springer, Non-Tangling Lead, Body Harness, Water, First Aid, Reflective Tape or Gear, Poop Bags, Other Appropriate Gear
Safety: Please consult your vet on running with your dog, especially if you have a puppy. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Never run when it is too hot or cold outside. And don't forget to check the paws! It's not recommended to hold the leash or attach the leash to your seat as a sudden pull from your dog could make you fall of your bike and injure you and your dog.
Suggested Prerequisites: -
- Best Biking Accessories for Dogs (2018) – Pawtivity Picks
- How Much Water Should I Bring For My Dog Hiking?
- How To Bike With Your Dog
- How To Train Your Dog To Run With You
- Running With Your Dog
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