Biking with Your Dog

Have you ever seen someone biking with their dog and thought, “Wow, that looks like fun … but where did they learn how to do that?” If so, this month’s episode of Pet Talk was made just for you!

In this short video, Dr. Sarah will help you to gain a basic understanding of how to safely enjoy this outdoor activity with your dog. Our Staff Veterinarian explains exactly what gear you’ll need (a minimal investment), plus all the necessary steps to train a dog to become comfortable near a moving bicycle. Trust us when we say that wheeling around with your dog really is loads of fun!

Be sure to share this video with friends and family, especially if they love pursuing new and exciting leisure pastimes. And, please leave your comments if this Pet Talk episode is helpful to you.

Comments (7) -

  • Ruth

    8/26/2015 12:22:06 AM |

    I used to bicycle with my 2 dogs, a black lab and a golden retriever Smile We would  bicycle to the field, and then I let them run.  There were usually other  dogs in the field, so that was a bonus.  But yes, please, remember that the dog attached to you while biking is a living creature, not a mechanical appendage.

    Watch the video if you bike (or are thinking about it) with your dog!

  • Rebecca Forrest

    8/30/2015 4:42:16 AM |

    Dr Sarah, is it advisable to give your dog a small amount of water part way through a long bike ride?

    Rebecca Forrest

  • Megan Smith

    8/30/2015 5:35:07 AM |

    Thanks for the tips!  I love to bike with my dog(s), and am lucky to live very close to Acadia National Park which has miles and miles of carriage paths which are great for mountain biking with canine companions.

  • Connie Todd

    9/1/2015 2:57:42 PM |

    Great information to share.  You always give such great advice.  Thank you Dr. Sarah!!!!

  • Sarah Wooten, DVM

    9/11/2015 4:56:36 AM |

    Thank you for your kind words everyone!

    Rebecca: yes - you can give your dog water during the ride. If you are going at a moderate pace, then stopping every half hour for some water, but only give small amounts, a 1/4-1/2 cup for every 10 pounds of body weight will prevent dehydration. I also recommend keeping rides to less than an hour and  slow paced unless your dog is SUPREMELY conditioned - if you have questions, check with your local veterinarian. She or he will be able to give you an idea of your dog's level of fitness.

  • Rich and Lisa Jelinek

    9/13/2015 11:19:53 AM |

    Thanks for the great info! This video is awesome for anyone thinking about riding with their dog.

  • Kasey

    3/9/2016 8:23:37 AM |

    Great tips for biking with your dog! Thanks for the helpful information Smile

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