Dogs Love Riding With Us
If you have a small dog like I did, these little ones love riding in a bike basket.
I don’t have my dog anymore, but I took her with me on rides in the basket, almost every time I rode. We went everywhere on the bike. I have some tips for you and your dog not getting hurt because there are obstacles and distractions around at a time.
Other Dogs Are Major Distractions
I was riding really fast around neighborhoods with my little white puff ball Maltese in my basket which was in front. I attached her leash to the basket with her little collar. In the neighborhoods we rode in had lots of dogs. My dog would jump up when another dog was present almost knocking me off the bike.
Over time, I taught her to stop doing this by looking ahead, seeing another dog, I would firmly hold her collar. She soon learned by the collar grab not to jump up. This worked like a charm! We had no problems after she learned that. It was really dangerous because either she would get hurt or we both would tumble off the bike from me trying to save her.
You must have a strong basket that can hold an active little pooch. See this basket. I chose this basket because although it is a little higher in price, it is military grade, very strong for your beloved pet.
Larger Dogs Run Alongside
Big dog breeds can run alongside your bike on leashes. They also have distractions and obstacles which can become dangerous to a rider. Since they are big, they could pull you off of your bike.
Make sure to start out slow if they are not used to this. It depends on the breed and thickness of coat, always pay attention to weather. If it is really hot, short distances must be used because you dog can become over heated and dehydrated. Once the dog gets used to it, ride a little faster and longer each time.
There are great products available so you can ride with both hands and keep your dog safe.
Bring Water For Yourself And Your Dog
If you have read about me, I used to live in Florida where it is extremely hot and intense humidity most of the year. When riding with my dog, I had a bottle for me and extra one even though she was relaxing in the basket. I would get off and pour water in the cap so she could drink out of it. It is important to stay hydrated in the heat while riding to avoid heat stroke. You can see my article about heat stroke and how to avoid it, here:
Don’t be afraid to try this with your dog. It is so fun to see your dog excited to go for a ride. I did this so much with my dog, she would see me putting on biking clothes, tying my shoes. She was jumping up and down. Yay! Mom is taking me riding again!
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