Taking the dog with you while biking around is a perfect opportunity for both you and the dog to take a long walk since it usually becomes a longer walk/run with the dog, out in the open instead of taking a short walk and just stroll around the neighborhood.
Taking Your Dog With You While Biking
There is a lot of moments when it can feel nice to just have the dog in a bicycle basket or a bicycle cart. Maybe if you move around in citytrafic or have a very small dog. All bicycle carts that is for kids fits perfect for this purpose, and we even offer the perfect pet basket bike bag if you want the dog in front of you at the handlebar. If you are taking the dog with you in a bicycle cart, then be sure to have the bicycle cart completely shut when biking around.
If Your Dog is Gonna Run Next to the Bicycle
If you want to the dog to get some good exercise then it is perfectly good to get the dog to run next to the bicycle. We recommend not running with the dog like this before it turns 18 months, all depending on the breed of course. Be sure to check that your dog is not prone to problems with the hip and elbow joints. You could x-ray the dog before even trying to bicycle run with it, to be extra sure that you wont encounter any future complications.
Try to teach the dog in the beginning by biking slowly and have short rides. To get the dog used to running next to the bicycle. You should have the dog on the left side of the bike so that you are in the middle of the dog and potential traffic. You could even teach the dog a commando that means run next to the bicycle.
Safety and Good Things to Think About
Be sure to have the right reflexes on both you and the dog when it is dark outside. You need to also make sure to let the dog rest before the bike ride to avoiding stoppages while biking. A good idea can be to keep track of the surface, as asphalt wears a little more on the dogs joints if the muscles are not used to it. Exercise tracks or similar soft surfaces such as gravel roads are way more gentle the first times. What humans feel comfortable to run on also applies to the dogs. So adjust accordingly!
Just like us humans, dogs get dehydrated and tired from running a lot so make sure you bring a water bottle that the dog can drink from during the bicycle ride. Also avoid cycling with it in the middle of hot summer days, as the hot surface can lead to your best friend getting sore paws.
Hopefully you learned some important information that you can take with you next time you bike around with your dog.
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