Cycling is a rather broad term that encompasses the use of a bicycle in order to exercise, get from point A to point B, or simply have fun peddling around town. Cycling can make for a fun, high intensity cardio workout for humans and dogs as well as introduce both parties to a number of different activities that involve a bicycle. We've previously listed a number of different activities that Boxers, Football Players and Swimmers can do with their dogs, so today we'll be discussing a variety activities that cyclists are heavily encouraged to try out with their four legged friends.
"Bike Training" refers to the act of getting your dog accustomed to seeing and interacting with your bicycle, in the same way one "House Trains" a dog to get them accustomed with comfortable and acquainted with one's home. Believe it or not, some dogs may be initially fearful or even standoffish towards bicycles. The aim of this activity is to help your dog overcome their potential aversion to your bicycle by helping them associate it with you. This activity might seem difficult at first, but you and your dog will get the hand of it with time, patience, and practice.
This activity puts a modern spin on an old classic; the next time your dog is itching to play fetch, strap on your helmet, head outside, and toss them the ball, toy, or stick while riding on your bike. Wait for your dog to give chase, bike a short distance away, and wait for your pet to fetch what you've just tossed their way.