Do you have an energetic dog that needs a lot of exercise, or are you looking for a way to spend more time with him and train?
I may have the solution for you. Cycle with your dog !! 🚵🏻
MTB is a very popular sport these days. Mountain bikes are specially designed to improve performance on rough terrain. Yes, it can take a little practice and time, but what a great way for both of you to get some extreme exercises, enjoy the outdoors and spend some time together.
The Border Collie is a fantastic grazing dog, raised to collect and control the sheep. They are known for their intense gaze with which they control their flock. They have unlimited energy and resistance. They are highly trainable and intelligent and excel in sport, including obedience, agility, follow-up and disc dog competitions.
When can I start running actively with my dog?
If you have a puppy, take it easy. According to Vetstreet, with eight months is the earliest you should let your dog start running, and even then, it starts with very short distances. It is better to wait until you have at least one year. Don't push your dog too far too soon. Give your dog time to grow and mature before running longer distances.
How to start using your mountain bike with your dog
Once you determine if your dog is suitable for running long distances, time and training are the key. Introduce your dog to a bicycle slowly. These are some steps to follow:
1. Introduction to the bicycle.
Do not scare your dog with the bicycle or you can ruin your chances of feeling comfortable. One suggestion is to put your bike in the yard or on the driveway and allow your dog to interact with it. Try putting candy around the bike and let your dog feel comfortable around it. Start moving the bicycle around the yard so that your dog learns to be comfortable around a moving bicycle. This exercise may take a week or two.
2. Take your dog walking with the bicycle
Dogs love two things, being with you and going for a walk. Combine these two things and add a bicycle. Your dog will get used to the bicycle being around him. Start by taking your dog walking on the leash while pushing the bike. This will make your dog get used to the movement of the bicycle and the noise. Have your dog placed behind and by your side so that it does not bother you. Practice keeping a safe distance between you.
3. Start with short walks with the leash
As your dog gradually becomes comfortable with the bicycle, take short walks together. Even with the leash so that the dog learns to stay with you and remain in the correct position. Choose a quiet place without cars, a local park or a sports center and practice slowly. When riding with your dog on the leash, be sure to hold it loose in your hand. Do not wrap it around the wrist, because if the dog pulls or gets distracted it can pull you off the bike
Before taking your dog loose, make sure he knows the basics of dog obedience (answer the call, sit still). If it does not, your dog will quickly annoy other cyclists and in many cases will run after them.
Keep your dog on a leash and close to you to learn to stay close. Once you feel comfortable and learn the local environment, let it out without a leash.
It is very important to be able to control your dog without a leash before riding a bike. See the position of your dog in relation to the bike when you ride a bike without a leash, and make sure it stays close, but not too close. Train your dog to respond to an order when it is too close to the bike to get away a little.
Be sure to always bring food rewards or some kind of prize like your dog's favorite ball or to provide enough motivation to lure your dog away from distractions.
Where to ride a bike with your dog?
Many mountain biking areas are found in the mountains, (of course), forests, state or national parks or large areas of private land. Before mountain biking with your dog, check first to make sure your dog is allowed in the area. Sometimes dogs are prohibited from entering many national or state parks or sometimes special permits are required to enter. If in doubt, check with your local town hall or the authority for the areas to take your dog on horseback or find a friend who will allow you to use your property
Always be a responsible dog owner when riding, remove your dog's poop from the track so that others don't have to travel through it and get splattered.
The best tips to go with your dog by bike
1) Keep the distance
If your dog is not running constantly, do not simply take him to a very long race, especially as they get older. They are like us ... if we have not been training and then we try to run a marathon it will not go well!
2) Drink lots of water
Make sure they have access to water. The hotter the more water you need. When you go through a really dry and hot area, think about sharing the water with your dog.
3) Do you know when to stop?
If you are planning to make long and fast walks with very few breaks, leave the dog at home. Waiting for any dog to maintain a pace of more than 20 km is not realistic and even if you try it will not be good for him.
Plan your route
Taking care of your dog's health is your first priority. Always evaluate where you are going. Take note of roads and tracks, other vehicles or cyclists. Will your dog be distracted? How well trained is your dog? Can you call your dog again if he gets excited or afraid?
How is the terrain? It can damage your dog's paws. Is it hard or soft or is it hot or is there ice? If the conditions for your dog are tough, consider putting on ankle boots. Some dogs will be comfortable with these boots and others will not like to wear them on their paws. It is worth a try if you need to protect your dog's paws.
If your dog is injured, stop! Always keep an eye on your dog during the trip and if you see that something is not right, then attend to your dog and inspect the paws for any injuries.
What equipment do I need to go mountain biking with my dog?
1. Nylon strap
While training use a belt of at least 1.8 meters. This will keep your dog close enough but will give you room to move. Choose a strap that is strong, durable and washable.
Especially important if you are still training with your dog. A bag full of prizes will help you keep your Border Collie in the race!
3. Hydration system
Make sure your dog is hydrated and carries a camelbak backpack, preferably more than 3 liters. It allows you to have plenty of space for snacks and bags to collect your dog's poops.
4. Luminous necklace
If you are riding a bike at night or in low light, using a bright, flashing collar makes it easier to see your dog in the shadows.
5. Poop bags
Always pick up the poop after your dog needs it. Nobody wants to ride a bike through a track full of poop.
Training a dog to go to your side when you ride a bike takes time, but if it is done well, you will always have a friend to cycle with and you will both have a lot of fun along the way. Be sure to reward your dog with lots of praise and especially have fun!
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All beginnings are difficult
In order for your dog to gain confidence with that "unknown object" it is convenient that, during the first training sessions, you do not start directly by hooking his leash to the bicycle. At first it is better that you push it. Before the first bike ride, let your dog sit and wait for your signal to start the march. Wear it with the short leash and place the bike between him and you.
Cycling with a friend can be very rewarding, but you should keep in mind that for a dog the bicycle can be a foreign object. It is important that before you go on a bike ride with your dog, let her sniff her, study her, look at her, go, get acquainted with her at her own pace and without forcing her.
- Leave the farthest side of traffic for your dog.
- Never wind the strap on the handlebars.
- While pushing the bike, your dog should go with the belt stretched and always walk in line with the saddle.
- Change the direction and rhythm from time to time, and if you stop, let it sit. When you have this exercise under control, you can move on to the next phase of training.
Patience will be key. It is advisable to go for a walk with the dog and the bicycle but without riding on it so that you get used to walking by your side. When it is used, we will ride the bike and start touring short distances and slowly. Remember that we must take into account the state of the animal at all times.
One of the best tips for walking with a dog on a bicycle is to teach them a specific order to learn to turn when we turn with the bike, so that we don't jerk or hurt him for an unexpected turn.
As the days go by we can increase the speed progressively, as long as our dog can stand it. Keep in mind that they have to make a much greater effort to keep up.
One more step
At this point, you can sit on the bike and start pedaling slowly. At first, it is preferable that you circulate in areas with little traffic. Try to make little sharp turns and overcome small obstacles with your dog. When you are completely sure that you follow your instructions well, you can start riding in other ways. Go increasing the speed and duration of your walks, but do it little by little.
- For puppies under 12 months and older or sick animals, riding a bike is completely ruled out.
- Do not feed your dog just before playing sports.
- Riding a bike is a very tired activity for a dog, avoid going out on hot and sultry days.
- Take regular breaks so your furry can recover and always carry water with you to drink.
- When planning your route, avoid long paved roads, as they are very hard and can damage the dog's pads.
- Do not travel on roads with a lot of traffic, the exhaust gases are harmful to you and your best friend. Going through nature is much more enjoyable!
Find in our online dog shop all the accessories you need to ride a bike with your dog.
Some tips for walking with your dog in a bicycle
Here are some recommendations and tips for walking with a dog on a bicycle:
- The dog must have done his needs before starting the walk, in this way we will avoid sudden stops.
- The dog always will have to walk on the right side of the bike to protect it from traffic.
- Must monitor the pads of its legs, the asphalt is very abrasive and can damage them, especially on hot days. If you find small wounds you can treat them with aloe vera. To prevent you can buy a special wax for pads that protects the animal from cold and heat.
- Always carry fresh water.
- Take breaks and do not force the dog if you feel tired.
- Always wear it tied with the strap to avoid crossover and run over it.
- Make sure the dog He hasn't eaten anything in the previous two hours to exercise When we have finished we must wait another hour to feed him.
- Leads to dog tied with a body harness, never use neck straps, as they can cause cervical injuries.
- This type of exercise causes a great impact on the dog's joints, so if you are going to do it periodically you should watch them and go to the veterinarian to avoid problems. To prevent diseases you can administer vitamins to your joints.
Articles to walk safely
There are special leashes and baskets for cycling with our dog safely:
- Adapter. With a normal belt we can have problems because it can get entangled between the wheels or the pedals. This can be avoided using an adapter. It is a rigid system that adapts to the bicycle and keeps the dog at a safe distance while avoiding pulling.
- Special baskets. If your dog is too small to take him tied to the bike, you don't have to give up going for a walk with him. There are special baskets to put on the front of the bike with safety straps to prevent it from jumping out.
- Trailer. When we have a large dog but it does not have the capacity to walk along the bike, either because of its age or due to a physical problem, we can anchor a special dog trailer to the bicycle.
- Special bike for walking with dogs. There are bicycles created with ample space for dogs in the front, they are structured like a tricycle to hold the basket for the dog.
Follow the steps indicated in the article and start walking with your dog on a bicycle safely but, above all, turning the exercise into a positive and fun experience for both.
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Way 1: Use a secure belt or a bicycle adapter
A good leash can keep the dog at a safe distance and avoid possible abuses. But not all straps are good for a bike ride, as they can easily roll up on the wheels.
Therefore, special belts have been invented for this purpose. Let's see some useful accessories:
Springer bicycle adapter € 39
Trixie set for bicycles € 28 at Zooplus
Another set of Trixie to keep the safety distance.
Form 2: Use a basket to carry small dogs
If your dog is small (less than 11kg), you can carry it in a basket. In this case, make sure that the basket can be closed with a zipper or with a grid cover. At least, the dog must wear a safety leash.
There are different models of baskets that we can buy here.
Baskets to take dogs
Way 3: Place a trailer on our bike
For larger dogs, we can place a trailer behind the bike. There, the dog will have more space to move.
Some models we can get are:
- No Limit Doggy Trailer - from € 150
- Mini Bee Trailer - Available in Zooplus from 99 €
Way 4: Find a special bike for rides
Did we try a tricycle? It is a little different than the normal bicycle. To handle it, you will have to practice before anything else.
Tricycles and dogs
Another option is to try this Pawtrekker Dog Scooter. It will be a very fun way to spend our free time.
Finally, there are double-load bicycles that may interest you (Donky Bike). Without a doubt, if you go on an excursion, this dog can fit both the dog and the snack basket.
Donky Bike, double load
A bicycle in good mechanical condition
Any type of bicycle can help you walk your dog. However, it is important to take into account where they are going to go around. For example, if you want to leave the city and go to the mountains, the logical choice is a mountain bike. If they stay in the city and are going to roll to a park or Sunday walk perhaps the most practical option would be a hybrid bike.
Running or walking beside you on a leash
Although the most common practice is to hold the strap with one hand, hook it to the handlebar or tie it to the seat post, this is not the safest way to do it. It is possible to lose control easily or the belt becomes entangled. A safer option is to get some attachment, such as the Cycleash that allows you to hold your dog on the bicycle, either a seat post or the left side of the bike, near the rear wheel axle. An excellent option may be something similar to the Speedog Springer. These types of attachments allow you to hold the handle with both hands as well as prevent your dog from getting ahead, getting behind or getting too close to the bike. This option is recommended for medium-sized dogs - large at least 10 kg and in good physical condition.
It is more difficult for small dogs to keep up and sometimes they are more nervous. In these cases, an excellent option is to place them in a basket attached to either the front (such as the Restless Tails Front Basket) or rear (such as the Snoozer Pet Rider) of your bicycle. Today you can find specialized baskets to transport your pet and include soft materials in addition to covers or seat belts so that your dog travels comfortable and safe.
The trailers work quite well for large and small dogs. They are also an excellent option for old dogs, with some health problem or flat breeds such as the Bulldog that has difficulty breathing. As with the baskets, it is possible to find trailers specially designed for pets. A good option is the Kasko Trailer.
A bike ride is not always the best idea for your pet. It is a good idea to put ourselves in his place and think if he is going to enjoy the trip or prefer to stay at home to rest or biting his favorite toy. For a dog that is too nervous, it can be a very stressful experience.
It is worth visiting your veterinarian to check your dog and make sure he is in a position to go out and enjoy a bike ride.