How to Cycle with Your Dog Safely
The various lockdowns that have come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have sparked many of us into taking up something new.
Some of us have used the time to try and complete Netflix’s back catalogue, some have taken up learning an instrument and some have thrown themselves into keeping active. For those who have used exercise to get through the lockdown period, many have taken up cycling.
In fact, according to Cycling Weekly, 1.3millon Brits purchased a bicycle in lockdown, showing how its popularity has soared in recent months.
This has led many dog owners to take their pooches out with them when going cycling. Doing this can bring a whole host of benefits including improving your pet’s health, helping you stay motivated and being great fun, too.
If you’re considering going cycling with your dog, there are a number of things you need to consider and our team at Green Lame Farm will talk you through how you can make sure your pet remains safe while out cycling.
Start slow and steady
Whether you want to have your dog run alongside your bike or are intending to install a basket or sidecar for your furry friend, it is important to start out slowly.
You don’t want your dog to become distressed due to high speeds, so begin with short, gentle trips over a smooth surface.
If your dog is in a basket or sidecar, make sure it is properly secured and avoid potholes and uneven surfaces so your dog can get used to the experience.
As well as this, take regular breaks so your dog can have a rest if it’s been running next to you or can get out and stretch its legs if it’s been sitting in a basket.
Buy some accessories for your dog
Before you take your dog out for a ride, it is vital that you have the right equipment in place. If not, your dog could end up in harm’s way.
The first thing to purchase is a non-tangling leash. This will prevent your dog from getting tangled up in the leash during the ride. If a dog gets tangled up, it can hurt itself so this is an incredibly important accessory. You also should get a harness to attach it to. Never attach the leash to a collar as this can cause damage to your dog’s back and neck.
Other accessories that can protect your dog when cycling include reflective dog jackets to keep your pet visible when it’s dark and dog booties to protect its feet from hot surfaces if you’re cycling in the summer months.
Get your dog checked over by a vet before cycling
If you’re planning to have your dog run alongside you, it is a good idea to have him or her checked over by a vet first.
This activity is not suitable for every dog, so getting your dog a check-up will be helpful to determine whether or not it will be appropriate.
For example, if your dog is overweight this type of activity may prove too much for them. Instead, you may want to consider putting your pooch on a diet and when it’s lost a few pounds come back to the idea.
Likewise, it’s important your dog is obedient and well-trained. Any signs of ill-discipline in your dog should be a warning that cycling may not be a good fit for them. Cycling with a dog that doesn’t respond to its owner’s commands can prove dangerous for you, your dog and those around you.
At Green Lane Farm, the health and well-being of your pet is our primary concern. To learn more about our services and how we can help you and your furry friend, contact our team for more information.