A great way to add exercise into your best friend’s daily routine is to take your dog biking. There are different ways to do this, and biking is not meant for all dogs.
First of all, biking is great for those tall, lean dogs that have tons of energy. Boxers, labs and greyhounds are all great runners and appreciate a good biking session. Still, any breed can tag along for biking as long as the owner doesn’t go too fast.
There are many reasons to consider biking with your dog. One, walking the dog or running with the dog is not always enough exercise to tire out an active breed. It can take several hours of walking to tire a dog out. And let’s face it, running is a lot of work for the human!
Biking is a nice option because the dog gets a good workout and the human does not have to work as hard as the dog.
Another reason to bike with your dog is because it gives the dog a job. When a dog is biking with its owner, he goes into a focused, working mode. The dog probably won’t even pull once he gets used to the bike.
When a dog is tired out mentally and physically, he is relaxed and able to focus more on training. A tired dog will also stay out of trouble and will be less anxious, aggressive or hyper.
Anyone interested in taking their dog biking should consider safety first. One tool to keep the dog in place next to the bike is a bike leash for dogs.
A bike leash works by securely keeping the dog at the side of the bike. This allows the biker to have both hands on the bike instead of holding the dog’s leash or tying the leash to the bike.
With or without a bike leash, it is important to train the dog properly before attempting to bike. If the dog lunges after squirrels, rollerbladers or other dogs on a normal walk, it won’t be any different while biking, just more dangerous!
Because of this, biking is not for all dogs. Owners should work on regular obedience with a dog before attempting to bike. A good rule of thumb is to get the dog to walk on a loose leash during regular walks.
If the dog can walk by other dogs and people without any issues, then he can probably do OK while biking.
When first biking with your dog, try going out early in the morning before many others are out. Saturday or Sunday mornings are a good time. It’s also a good idea to start out slowly so the dog is not scared of the bike.
Quieter roads or parking lots with lots of open space make the learning process go quicker as well.
For added exercise, try purchasing a dog backpack and getting your dog to wear that while you bike. Talk about a good doggy workout! All the other dogs in the neighborhood will be jealous.
And you will have the best-behaved dog on the block!