Freshly Updated October 28, 2014
Biking isn’t just for people. Pets love to go too. For dogs it’s a perfect way to get needed exercise.
When planning your trip, choose areas with easier hills and make several stops to allow a dog to hydrate back up. That means you should bring water and do be concerned about temperatures outside. You’ll find when your dog sees you getting your bicycle out they’ll start getting very excited. Think about a trip that has a stopover at specially designated dogpark.
Going on a mountain bike ride doesn’t mean it always needs to be with your dog. It’s a fun way for cats to have a little enjoyment also. They may be more meant to go for a regular bike ride. It’s important that you equip yourself with the proper cat supplies meaning a disposable water dish, disposable litter pan (if your cat goes indoors). You’ll also wan’t to find a pet carrier that fits on your handle bars or a proper back seat similar to what may support a child. There’s lots of options out there and you’ll find it’s a great way for you and your cat to enjoy a little bit of time in the outdoors.
Having the proper accommodations for your pet to take a bike ride means planning and preparation for fun and not emergencies.
Think about this list when deciding whether or not you should take your pet on the trip:
1. Pet taxi that is meant to attach properly to a bicycle either front or back
2. Disposable water bowl and water
3. First aid kit
4. Helmet (for you the human)
7. Extra bottles of water
8. Fully charged Cell phone
9. Sunglasses for you and your pet
Think about going for a test drive around the block near your home or neighborhood before you get truly adventurous and expect your pet to go along with what you have in mind. Perhaps multiple trips around the block are appropriate before you truly decide this is the path for you.
If you are planning for your dog to walk along side while you ride, please go for this type of practice ride too. It’s like a mini training session and may prevent alot of frustration in the end if it’s not right for your pet.