How to Safely Bike with Your Dog

You’ve probably seen bicycle riders out for a jaunt with their dogs. Have you wondered whether that’s something you could do with your dog as well? Here’s some information on bike safety for you and your canine.

Getting Started

A part of this equation that’s extremely critical but is often overlooked is getting your dog ready to exercise with you as you ride your bike. She will, for all intents and purposes, be jogging the entire way so you want to make sure that she’s ready for it. Have her checked out by your vet to make sure that this type of exercise is something she will be able to enjoy and be comfortable with.


Body harness: One of the most important pieces of gear when you’re preparing to ride your bike with your dog is to have a body harness. You don’t want to attach a lead to her collar because it could choke her.

Reflection: Make sure she is as decked out as you are by getting her a reflective vest and even a collar or tag that has lights in it. You will want a leash that doesn’t tangle and also carry a separate leash when you want to step away from your bike.

Booties: This is the same kind of paw wear you have seen mushers use in sled dog races. They protect the dog’s feet from anything that’s jagged and sharp as well as both hot and cold surfaces.

How Far is Too Far?

In the book “Bike With Your Dog” Veterinarian Dr. Christine Zink states that it is a good idea to start slowly and gradually increase your dog’s time with you on your bike. It’s important to watch your dog’s reactions after you have completed a session. If she is panting heavily for at least 10 minutes or more and wants to lay down, you may have gone too far.


Summer weather means getting outdoors a lot more. But you should only bike with your dog in the cool of the day. That means you may want to participate in this activity in the early morning or after the sun is setting in the evening.

Always make sure to check the temperature of the pavement if your dog is not wearing booties. Hot pavement can burn their pads easily.

Small Dogs

The Dog Outdoors recommends that canine bikers should be at least 25 pounds or more. Smaller dogs risk injury.

If you love to ride your bike and want to participate in this with your dog, do some preparation first to make sure it’s a happy event for you both.

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Do you have any bike safety tips for riding with dogs? Read more about pet safety by clicking the links below!

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