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Dog and bike

It starts with the command “At Foot”

You could be unlucky that the dog has to keep walking longer and longer to be fully utilized. Working dogs such as hunting or herding dogs are not satisfied with running alone anyway, because it is a stupid business for them. You should also employ such dogs. That is why I recommend instead of cycling: Take a nice, interesting walk in nature with obedience exercises, retrieval and search games, with looking, sniffing, running, walking, standing, listening, observing … that is what the dog’s brain is busy and ultimately makes the dog happier and more tired than a long-distance run. And exercise on foot is also better for your own fitness. But now to cycling with the dog: It begins for humans and dogs on foot with a walking exercise on a leash at least three meters long. The exercise is perfect when the line sags. So change direction until the dog is no longer in front, but next to you … and then praise, praise, praise and reward. But do not study the at-foot command in this questionable tournament-like manner – so that the dog has to look at you (who can walk sensibly if he is looking up at an angle). So it is enough if the dog walks or jogs casually next to you.

First of all, everything has to work out while walking

Then you absolutely need the “stop” and the “we go on” commands. And, as I said, everything has to work out on foot (always praise and reward thoroughly) before you get on your bike. And then you can start, but first in step. Speed ​​and distance are only increased slowly. And please consider: there is no wind down there (the exhaust gas concentration is higher), the dog has fur and he cannot sweat. He has to do a lot physically, while the cyclist only moves the pedals casually.

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Consideration for age, fitness and heat

Be considerate of your age, your fitness and the air temperature, otherwise a bike trip like this will turn into cruelty to animals. Do not drive long distances with a dog that is not completely healthy and mature, i.e. at least 15 or 18 (depending on size) months old. By the way, you play it safe if you have a “jumper” attached to the right of the rear wheel (available from mail order or pet shops). This means that the dog hangs safely and exactly where it should, and you have both hands free for the steering wheel. So you can even risk a drive on a car road.

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