First of all, cycling with your dog means taking things slowly. Before the dog is at least 15 or 18 (depending on size) months old, cycling trips are taboo for him. Never mind, because this gives you plenty of time to practice. Because only when the interaction between humans and dogs works smoothly on the ground, you can even think about pedaling.
Here is a tried and tested method that you can use to teach your four-legged friend to be a good and, above all, safe “bike runner”. It starts with an exercise while walking on a leash that is at least three meters long. The exercise is perfect when the line sags. You can do this by changing direction until the dog is no longer in front, but next to you. If that’s the case: give praise, praise, praise! And for heaven’s sake forget the tournament’s at-foot number during this exercise! If you insist that the dog has to look at you – that is, look diagonally up in the air and not at the path in front of you – you will not get very far while cycling. Walking quietly is enough. Next, practice the “stop” and “let’s move on” commands. If it works fine on foot, you can hop on a bike. And then it starts! But initially only at walking pace. Speed and distance are only increased slowly.
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.
Please never forget: 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. So take your age, fitness and air temperature into account, otherwise a bike trip like this will turn into cruelty to animals.
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