Ever wanted to ride with your best friend, but wasn't sure how to get started? Well we met up with Pip (short for Piperonni) and his owner Paul to get an inside look on how best to ride with your bud!
Meet Pip! He's a 1 year old coated Xoloitzcuintli.
There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before taking your pup out for a ride. The first question being "Is my dog old enough?" Paul suggests that you wait about a year so that dog develops more resilient paws, garners experience with listening to commands, grows and gains a bit of weight*, and settles down from the wild life of being a crazy rambunctious pup.
*If your dog is under 25 pounds, we don't recommend having him ride alongside the bike. Instead, we would advise you to put your dog in a trailer or dog-specific bike seat.
"Is it a good temperature outside to take my dog for a ride?" If you're going to take your pup for a ride during the summer, make sure it's during a cooler point in the day. You don't want your bud to overheat so mornings or evenings are best. Make sure to check the temperature of the surface with your hands. If you can comfortably keep your hand on the surface for more than 10 seconds then your pup's paws will be perfect!
"Do I have water?" Your pup will get thirsty after running alongside you so make sure you have ample water and snacks for your pup!
When training your pup to run alongside you, it is important to use consistent commands. For example, when Paul skids his back tire, Pip realizes that he has made a mistake - such as getting too close to the front wheel - and corrects by returning to his original position comfortably beside the bike.
Treating your pooch to a dip in a lake, pond, or river is always nice on hot summer days!
The last tip is to enjoy the ride and have fun! After your bud get comfortable with riding alongside the bike, look to take your pooch out on new adventures and explore more fun rides.