Tips for running next to the bike

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Tips for running next to the bike

Bicycle tours with the dog are fun and ensure a good utilization of an adult, healthy dog. You should pay attention to these things so that the bike tour is pleasant for both dog and person.

1. With or without a leash

If the dog and owner have mastered the “With me” command, the dog is allowed to run next to the bike without a leash. Beginner teams should always walk on the bike with a leash on. Only a dog that has learned to never enter the street without being asked can walk on the bike without a leash.

The end loop of the leash should be attached to a jogging strap. Bicycle leash holders with suspension, which cushion every sudden jolt, are also an alternative. It is more convenient for the dog to have a harness instead of a collar that stops him at the chest and not the neck.

Important: The dog is allowed to run next to and just behind the bike, but never in front of it.

The dog should run behind or next to the bike. ©

2. By bike in the city

When cycling in the city, the dog should always walk next to the bike on the side facing away from the road. Because he is exposed to exhaust gases and fine dust to a much greater extent than we (taller) people.

Otherwise the dog inhales a lot of pollutants. In addition, you can be so sure that no careless driver will frighten or even injure him.

If possible, drive on overgrown paths. Asphalt, tar and stony paths are unsuitable for the joints and paws.

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Look for paths where there is little traffic.

3. When can we start?

Let your dog sniff, do his business, and gradually warm his muscles up before you let him run next to the bike. Push your bike for the first ten minutes and slowly let the dog run alongside.

Do not start the bike tour until your dog is ready. ©

4. Adjust the pace

Adjust your pace so that the dog can trot alongside the bike. In this way, all muscles are evenly loaded and the dog’s joints are spared.

A couple of gallop jumps won’t do any harm, but a dog chasing behind a bike will waste itself for no reason and lose the fun of running.

If the dog twitches and slows down, he has had enough of walking. Finish the bike tour asap. Be sure to reduce your pace or push the bike.

Keep your dog at the right pace. © Honcharuk

5. The end of the tour

Slow down your pace at the end of the bike tour. The dog is now walking more slowly next to the bike. He can sniff again and move around according to his needs. Maybe it will come off again.

The dog now comes “down” and relaxes its muscles. The heart beats normally again and breathing slows down.

6. Breaks and thirst quenchers

With an extended bike tour (over an hour), you should definitely take one or two breaks for your dog to relax. The dog is allowed to move freely during the breaks. If the dog is lying down, you should only continue driving when it shows that it feels like it again.

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Panting releases a lot of body fluid. Offer your dog water, for example from the thermos in the palm of your hand. A short bath in a pond or lake is also possible if the outside temperature is appropriate.

Remember to take a break too. © Smokovski

7. Running next to the bike in the heat

If it is over 25 degrees in the shade, do not let your dog run next to the bike. The dog will overheat even on shady paths. On hot days, the dog is only allowed to walk next to the bike at the following times:

  • on rainy days (if the dog doesn’t mind)
  • in the hours after a thunderstorm
  • in the early morning hours

In the evening it is still too hot, it usually only cools down at midnight. Around sunrise, on the other hand, it is dew-wet and coolest.