Biking With Your Dog
Before biking with your dog take the following into consideration.
· Dog(s) Age
· Dog(s) Health & Fitness
· Bike Leash Attachment
· Harness (Proper Running Harness - do not attach leash to collar)
· Surface Dog Will Run On
· Water (Hydration)
Puppies and young dogs should not do any repetitive high impact, endurance exercises like sustained running until their growth plates have closed. Growth plates generally close between 14-18 months of age. “The larger the breed the later the growth plates close.” “dogs that are spayed or neutered prior to puberty experience delayed closure.” Overuse and focused stress can damage growth plates resulting in prematurely closing of the growth plate causing a malformation of the leg.
Dog(s) Health & Fitness
Many dogs are unprepared for intense endurance exercise for even short durations making them susceptible to injuries. Injuries can go unrecognized for long periods of time. Very important you consider your dog’s fitness and weight prior to exercise. Always start with a vet check to make sure your dog is healthy AND physically capable to participate in the exercise which should include an evaluation your dog’s structure and gait for any weaknesses. To reduce chance of injuries your dog will need recovery time.
Bike Leash Attachment
There are several bike leash attachments available and I have listed my two choices below.
Springer Dog Exerciser
The device has a heavy-duty steel spring, situated low on the arm to absorb up to 90% of the force of a dog¹s unexpected tugs. If your dog runs around a sign post, tree, or fire hydrant or other obstacle the Springer is designed with a safety release to breakaway. (This will result in your dog being untethered)
Bike Tow Leash
The Bike Tow Leash housing encloses an extra strong bungee cord which attaches to your dog.
Urban Trail Harness - Alpine Outfitters
I recommend the custom crafted adjustable Urban Trial harness with the optional left and right side D-Rings for use when biking. Fully padded with premium quality Polartec Polar Fleece and is extremely lightweight, durable, and is machine washable. The Urban Trail Half Harness is perfect for use in a variety of dog activities in addition to biking. Pulling pressure is on dog's chest, not neck and shoulder.
Distance Harness - Howling Dog Alaska
The Distance Harness is fully padded and comfortable for the dog to wear. The slick padding material will allow for the harness to rotate freely around the dog’s body.
Best to ride on dirt or grass surfaces since these are less harsh then pavement or concrete on your dog.
You may want to consider using Mushers Secret to help protect your dogs paws.
Developed in Canada for use with sledding dogs, it provides tenacious protection even in the most extreme conditions from iceballing and salt and chemicals to hot pavement and sand and sandburn. Safe and natural. Made from a blend of several food grade waxes, then refined according to special formulations, Mushers Secret is the safe, non-toxic way to protect your dogs paws.
Dogs cool by panting. When air temperatures are near body temperature (101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher dogs cannot cool themselves efficiently. The ground temperature can be more than 50 degrees hotter than the air temperature. Burns can result at 118 degrees. Exercise during the morning and evening hours when it’s cooler and avoid concrete and especially blacktop or pavement.
High humidity also impairs a dog cooling ability which can also contribute to heat stroke.
Take water and keep your dog hydrated.
Signs of shock (emergency)
Lips and gums pale or gray
Dehydration / Overheating (Get Medical Help)
Tongue and mucous membranes bright red
Saliva is thick and tenacious