If your dog loves to run a lot, then you probably wondered how great it would be to take it with you on a bike ride: so the pet will be able to throw out its energy, and you will not get tired of long runs. But before you grab your bike and take your dog with you, read our tips on how to prepare for such a walk.
What is needed for a bike ride with a dog to be successful?
First of all, a special bike harness, or a bike springer. It frees up your hands as it attaches to the back of your bike, usually under the seat. The dog will have room to maneuver, but at the same time, you will be able to control it.
Secondly, you will need a harness. It will reduce the load on the dog’s neck, besides, the pet will definitely not be able to escape from it if it suddenly decides to run in the other direction.
Third, don’t forget about water! During an active run, the dog will want to drink – make stops and water the pet, especially if it is hot and sunny outside.
Fourth, start with short distances. The dog needs to get used to the new activity, and you also need to make sure that you can control not only the bike but also the pet running alongside. Therefore, be sure to start with small trips to places that are familiar to you. Over time, when the pet gets comfortable, you will be able to go further and further with it, as well as increase the speed of your walk.
If you are going for a walk in the evening, make sure you can see the dog in the dark. To do this, you can put on a special reflective vest or attach reflective elements to the harness and leash.
And, of course, remember about safety – do not ride on roads with active traffic, always monitor the condition of the dog, and do not load it if it is not ready for it. Not all breeds can keep their owners’ company while cycling, so take a sober view of your pet’s physical fitness and endurance.