Most dogs love to run, and some breeds are physically bred for speed and endurance, like the greyhound, who can run up to 45 mph. Dogs of any breed or size will enjoy a long jog in the park or a quick run around the block. And if riding a bicycle is something that you enjoy doing, taking your dog with you is a wonderful way to spend time with him while getting a good workout yourself at the same time. Here are few tips to teach a dog to run alongside you as you bike.
How to keep your dog by your side
If you usually ride your bicycle in your neighborhood, it won't be difficult for your dog to keep up. The safest way for riding a bike with your dog in this location is to keep him on a leash. This will help to prevent his from wandering away.
Look for a leash that allows you to keep your hands on the handlebars while giving you the ability to keep your dog on leash at the same time. These types of leashes can be mounted under the bike handles. They offer protection and comfort for both you and your dog.
How To Deal With Distraction
Your dog will less likely get bothered by distractions if he knows how to heel. Therefore, practice his obedience skills like "Off", and "Leave it" before you begin your ride.
Also, make sure you bring along his favorite snack. Whenever he comes across a distraction, tell him to "Leave it" and then give him a snack. It'll be easier for him to pay attention to you, above anything else, because he knows that you brought along his favorite snack. Also do this exercise before you ride.
A few more tips
- Start with short paths that your dog is familiar with
- Be patient as your dog get the hang of running while you ride
- Wear protective gear, including a helmet
- Don't ride too fast, remain at a comfort pace for your dog