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Bicycling with your Dog using a Bike Leash

By Edited Dec 2, 2013 0 0

Focusing on various ways to combine my two favorite activities, biking and spending time with my dog,  I've focused for the most part  on pet trailers and pet bike baskets.  These are both great products for bringing your pal with you on the road. Pet baskets are a good pick if you have a small toy breed up to 15 pounds, while a pet trailer is good for larger size dogs. Still, what options do you have if you'd like to go biking and you have an active dog requiring lots of exercise every day? Younger Energetic dogs and breeds such as German Shepherds and Border Collies need to work off lots of steam and might not be satisfied passively sitting in a dog trailer while you ride. If your dog is able to keep up with the pace of your bike you might want to consider trying a bike dog leash.

How A Bike Leash Works

Two companies we like who make dog bike leashes are the Springer and Walky. The construction of these is fairly straightforward. The Walky has a metal rod connected to a fairly short leash . The Springer has a U shaped metal piece  and spring which attaches to the seat post. Both of these have a quick release fitting that simply snaps into place. Once in place, they're both very secure.

The principle behind this design is to keep your dog running alongside your bike as opposed to running behind and getting hit or even worse running ahead and darting off into the woods,  dragging you and your bike behind into a thorn bush or worse!  This is why we wouldn't recommend taking Fido out on your bike with a normal leash. Another important accessory to use with a Bike Dog leash is a body harness designed so the leash can clip onto his back

Getting Your Dog Used to the Leash

As with riding in a  Pet Trailer, you need to allow your dog to become comfortable with this new activity. The first time out limit your ride to a few loops around the block. Find a traffic-free road or quiet block in your neighborhood during the day or weekend when there's less commuter traffic.

Walk your dog to the bike, snap the rod onto your bike and walk the bike a bit as you and  your dog  become comfortable with the experience walking along. Once she begins trotting along with your bike, hop on and start biking at a slow pace. Soon you and your pal will be happily riding together.

Once your dog gets used to this activity you'll have the option of bicycling  rather than walking and your active dog will get a great workout running at  the faster pace. Just be mindful of going to far or too fast as she gets used to the new experience.



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