Part of being a responsible dog owner is making sure that your dog gets the exercise he needs to remain healthy. Different breeds of dog need different amounts of activity – some breeds are fine with a short daily walk while others need more vigorous exercise. Working out with your dog is not just important for his health; it also presents you with a great opportunity to bond with your furry loved one. If you are looking for a fun way to interact and stay fit with your pet, consider bikejoring or scootering together.
The Basics of Bikejoring and Scootering
Bikejoring and scootering are two great ways to give your canine best friend some exercise and they can be fun too! For both of these sports the dog is outfitted with a harness and is then attached to the bike or scooter using a gangline with a bungee. You and your pup then work together to cover ground, alternating duties between two legs and four. When done properly, bikejoring and scootering can provide dogs with vigorous exercise and a fun challenge.
Preparing For These Sports
In order to ensure your dog’s safety, you need to make sure that you have the right equipment and supplies for the sports, respectively. The most important things you need are a harness and the gangline – aside from the bike or scooter. (Don’t forget the dog!) The harness should be appropriately sized to fit your dog so that it is snug, but not too tight. A harness will help to ensure that the weight and force is distributed more evenly across your pet’s body instead of putting all of the force on his neck like a traditional collar. Look for a shoulder-style harness, like a sledding harness, that will not interfere with your fluffy workout partner’s movement. You should also make sure that the harness has a d-ring in the back where you can attach a tug-line and the gangline. The gangline, what you use to attach your dog to the bike or scooter, should be about eight feet long. Your gangline does not need to be anything fancy – it just needs to be a line with a bungee.
Training Your Dog for Bikejoring
Bikejoring and scootering are not sports that you want to throw your dog into too quickly – you need to train him in order to avoid injury. Your best bet is to start slow, going for short rides once or twice a week. If you plan to use a pack of pooches (more than one), you should start training each one individually and then add them together gradually. If you have one dog that is already trained, you can hook him beside the new dog to help him learn. When you start training, do it on foot instead of with the bike or scooter so your dog does not start by pulling too much weight. Once your dog learns to pull consistently, you can add the bike or scooter to the equation.
In addition to purchasing the right equipment and training your dog slowly, you should also make sure that he has basic obedience training. When you are ready to hit the road, try to stick to dirt roads instead of paved trails to save your pup’s paws. If you train your dog well, these carefree activities can be a fun and challenging form of exercise.