Our friends over Pets Principle wrote this great article about how to hit the trails with your pet dog. It’s a great read and worth checking out, but if you haven’t got time here’s the long and short of it.
Why take your dog
Mountain biking is a great way to get exercise for both you and your dog. On top of that, it’s a lot more fun than walking repeatedly around the block. Taking your pet dog out with you on the trails also provides an opportunity to continue your discipline training in a new environment.
Is it safe for my dog
Yes! most cyclists are used to avoiding dogs on trails. As long as you keep an eye on your dog and maintain control you should have no trouble at all.
Most dogs will love it! But bear in mind, some breads are more inclined to run than others. Dogs such as German Shepards, Border Collie and Pointers are a perfect fit. If you have a short nosed dog, such as a pug, you should NOT take it with you. These breeds struggle to breath properly and could easily run into difficulty out on the trail.
You should also avoid taking any dog that has health problems without first consulting with your vet. It is also not a good idea to take along old or overweight dogs. Make sure your dog is fit enough before hitting long trails.
Do I need anything
In theory, you could just take your dog without carrying anything extra as long as he or she is well trained.
However, in the mean-time, we recommend taking the following along with you.
- A Lead
- Poo Bags
- A Collar Light
- Extra Water
How to get started with your dog
- Walk Your Dog With the Bike First
- Begin With Short Rides on the Lead
- Progress to Short Rides Off the Lead
- Slowly Build Up Your Dog’s Fitness
- Pay Attention to Your Dog At All Times
Top 10 Tips
1. Look After Your Dog’s Feet
2. Carry Extra Water, Treats, and Snacks
3. Teach Your Dog To Drink From A Bottle
4. Regular Training
5. Know Your Dog’s Abilities
6. Don’t Go Long Distances on Hot Days
7. Slower Trails are Better for Your Dog
8. A Massage Will Help Your Dog Recover
9. Reward Your Dog with Attention
10. Play Hide and Seek
Having your favourite furry friend along on a ride can be great fun. Both you and your dog are sure to love it!