by C. Markus on December 26th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Biking can be one of the best activities to do with your dog, especially if you have an energetic dog, as it is a good way to allow him to expend a lot of energy in a short period of time.
With the benefits come some risks- biking can be very dangerous with a dog. Start off slow, and make sure your dog can handle it, not all dogs are made to run.
Considerations before biking with your dog
Hyper dogs have a tendency to run off and get distracted easily, which can be problematic if you are on a bike. A little obedience training may be necessary. If your dog is overweight, you should not bike with your dog. Consult with your vet to begin your dog on an exercise regimen, and gradually work towards biking over time.
Tips to help you get your dog get biking with you
- Get a hands-free leash. These can be purchased at most pet stores. It will make life much easier for you and will be much safer, too.
- Walk with your dog first. Attach the dog to the bike and walk with him first. It is important to get your dog used to the bike.
- Keep a little slack on the leash, just enough so he cannot get in front of the bike.
- Stop when necessary. Don’t worry if you have to stop for distractions; it is important to take it slow. If you are coming up to other dogs, stop and walk past. This will be much safer for your dog.
- Know your dog’s limitations. Your dog will try to keep up with you at all times, and it may be hard to tell if he’s tired, so make sure you know his limits. You don’t want him to over- exert himself.
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