Discover a great new way to spend time with your favorite canine – go biking together! Regardless of the size of your dog, there’s a way for Fido to join in the fun. In this video, the Biking Viking discusses how to attach a larger dog to the side of your bike so that Rover can trot next to you as you bike – a great solution for that high-energy pup in your life that never seems to get tired! Small dogs are not left out, they can join their hooman in a front basket and go explore the world together. This will pawsitively become their favorite activity!
When biking with a dog leashed to the bike, it’s important to use a hands-free bike leash that attaches solidly to the bike. This ensures that the rider’s hands are free to properly control the bike. It also makes the bike more stable and secure if the dog pulls, because then the dog is pulling the bike forward instead of pulling the rider forward. If attaching to a child’s bike, make sure the child is heavier than the dog and can maintain their balance even if the dog pulls. Squirrel! The first few times the dog is leashed to the bike, walk the bike or bike slowly while offering lots of encouragement to get the dog used to the bike. They learn quickly and soon discover they love it.
If biking on a hard surface or hot asphalt, make sure the dog is wearing booties to protect its paws. Booties need to be comfortable but snug to ensure they stay on even when the dog is running. Always keep an eye on the dog’s cues and stop to let them rest and drink water if they seem tired.
There are many dog biking leashes available that are easy to attach and remove quickly. Always use a harness to attach the dog to the bike, using the top clip on the harness. Never clip the dog’s collar to the bike.
When biking with a small dog in a basket, make sure to put the dog in a front basket where the cyclist can see the dog at all times. Clip the dog’s harness to the basket with a very short leash to ensure the dog stays safely in the basket even if the rider brakes suddenly.
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