How to keep safe when biking with your dog.

Most dogs love to run and some breeds are physically bred for speed and endurance, such as the Greyhound who can run up to 70 km/h. But regardless of your dog’s size or breed, they always enjoy a good jog in the park or even a quick run around the block. And if riding a bicycle is something that you enjoy doing, then taking your dog with you is a wonderful way to spend time.

If you usually ride your bicycle around town or in your neighborhood, it won't be difficult for your dog to keep up with you. The safest way for riding a bike with your dog in this scenario is to keep them on a lead, but for a better option, there are products out there such as the Springer and the Walkiedog, which allows you to keep both of your hands on the handlebars while giving you the ability to keep your dog on leash at the same time.  These two products can be easily mounted under the bike seat and offer protection and comfort for both you and your dog.

How to Deal with Distractions

Your dog will less likely be bothered by distractions if he knows how to heel.  Therefore, practice obedience skills such as “Off” and “Leave it” before you begin your ride.  Make sure you bring along some of their favorite snacks. If you come across a distraction, tell your dog to “Leave it” and then give them a snack. Also remember to practice this exercise before you ride as it will ensure for better care and safety along the way.

Don't Forget The Basic Commands

If you like to ride along trails, bringing your dog with you is one of the best treats you can give him.  With a little basic training, your dog can be the best companion for a mountain biker. In fact, there are a lot of mountain biking spots where dogs can run free without a leash. If interested, simply remember to practice the "Heel" and the "Come" command until you are confident you can trust your dog 100% of the time.