Accommodating barking bikers
With the warmer weather upon us, perhaps you are thinking about taking your canine companions on a bike ride. Here are some healthy safety tips, links and suggestions for doggie apparatuses for your outing. Riding on the sidewalk is the safest place to be for you and your pooch and the highly recommended turf per safety forces.
Options to consider based on the size, age and type of dog(s) include a bicycle dog leash, bike trailer, or a bike basket.
Dog trainer and behavior consultant Susan Sarubin penned an excellent article in Whole Dog Journal about bike riding with your dog. The in-depth article features information on getting started, equipment for the cyclist and dog, initial training, starting to ride, where to ride and cycling for non-athletes.
"Sometimes, the safety precautions that we take to protect both humans and our companion animals may seem so cumbersome that they take all the fun out of some of our activities," Sarubin writes. "But when it comes to the health and welfare of your dog when accompanying you on bike rides, taking the appropriate safety measures can potentially save your dog's life, as well as your own. Training, using proper equipment and adhering to sensible exercise practices actually increase your enjoyment of the sport. 'Fun' is knowing that you are keeping your dog as safe as possible while sharing your rides together."
Bring extra water, a leash and make sure your pet is wearing current identification. Check out Petcast on weather.com for the latest updates on weather (including a Dog Comfort Index), mosquitoes and the best times each day to walk your dog.
Owner, Hot Diggity Dog, Inc.
Friends of the Bay Village Kennel