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Four legs, two wheels: What to know about cycling with a dog

Four legs, two wheels: What to know about cycling with a dog

If you want to start riding your bike with your dog, it’s a good idea to practise a few times in an area where there…

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If you want to start riding your bike with your dog, it’s a good idea to practise a few times in an area where there are few or no cars. Photos: dpa If you’re thinking about bringing your dog with you on a bike ride, there are a few things to consider first.

Is the dog fit enough to keep up? And if not, can you transport the animal on the bike? In either case, the dog should be acclimated with patience.

Running along next to a bike is really only suitable for healthy adult dogs, says Sarah Ross, a pet expert with an animal welfare organisation in Germany.

As a rule of thumb, she recommends that the dog should be at least one-and-a-half years old. Old dogs and overweight ones also shouldn’t be expected to participate in this strenuous activity.

The breed also plays a role. While typical family dogs such as Beagles and Labradors, as well as herding and hunting dogs, have plenty of endurance, short-snouted breeds such as French and English Bulldogs are physically unsuited for long periods of running.

Take a test ride first

“To begin with, you should first familiarise the dog with the bike while it is still standing,” Ross recommends. If the four-legged friend sniffs the bike, reward this with praise and treats.In order to introduce the dog to the new kind of locomotion, first push the bicycle along. If the dog runs alongside willingly, you can saddle up. “It’s a good idea to practise in […]

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