If you have ever seen a little dog in a basket on a bike, you'll understand the hot trend of taking your dog on bike rides. Dogs can become injured when running alongside their owners on bikes if they are leashed. It doesn't take much for a distracted dog to get tangled up in your bike wheels or for the leash to get tangled up in spokes. A dog who is on a leash running beside a bike can also pull their owner and the bike over. Putting your dog in a basket keeps your dog safe and gives you an opportunity for an enjoyable bike ride. Basket dogs are typically small breeds to medium-sized breed dogs. Training your dog to ride in a basket takes a little bit of time but once your dog gets it down the two of you can enjoy long and leisurely bike rides together.
Training your dog to ride in your bike basket is not a complicated task, however, it will take time and patience. You will probably want a tiny breed, small breed, or a smaller medium-sized dog to ride in your bike basket. Building confidence and trust with your dog is imperative as you are going to put him in the basket and ride, which is a sensation he may not be used to. Go slow with this training so your dog can get used to not only the feel of sitting in the basket but also the lack of control he will have and his inability to jump out of the basket. Also, have some patience and go slow on your bike for the first several rides. You don't want to scare your dog by doing a long bumpy ride first. Plan your training sessions so it becomes an exciting event for the two of you to share together.
To put your dog in a bike basket you're going to need a bike and a basket. Be sure you pick a basket that is appropriate for your dog. Check out the height of your dog as he sits in the basket and make sure he is not too tall so he doesn't fall out or try to leap out. You may want to consider comfort as well when you purchase your basket. Some dogs will not like the basket weaving texture or wicker plastic underneath their paws. You can put some cloth, a small pillow, or blanket inside the basket to keep your dog more comfortable. Keep some high-value treats on hand to reward your dog for a job well done.
She is terrified of being in a bicycle basket. Is there any way I can cure this? Or should I give up to prevent further traumatising her?
Hello Emma, If you have not already, try taking the basket off of your bike for a couple of weeks and encourage her to go into it on her own by placing it on the floor and sprinkling treats inside it for her to find randomly all often. Do that until she will go into the basket on her own without any fear often. After that. Practice moving the basket a bit with her in it by lifting it off the ground slightly, and dropping a bunch of treats into it with her whenever you move it, so that the basket moving it connected to lots of treats. As she gets more and more comfortable, then gradually lift the basket up higher and higher, until you can eventually lift it up as high as the bike is. Once she can handle that height without fear, then practice carrying the basket around, so that it is moving forward with her in it. Once she can handle being carried in the basket, then lay the bike on it's side and sprinkle treats around that for a week, until she likes the bike. Finally, attach the basket back onto the back, strap her in and move the bike slowly forward while giving her treats in the basket. As she improves, you can gradually increase the bike's speed, until you can finally ride it with her in it at normal speed. The goal is to go slow and make the training very fun. Do not move onto the next step until she is comfortable with the current exposure, height, or movement. If she cannot get used to the basket itself while on the ground, then try tossing a ball into the basket and making it fun in other ways. If that is still unsuccessful, then it may not be worth using the basket for rides with her. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My doggie rides in my basket but a big dog ran over to my bike on our ride and it scared me and I lifted my dog out of the basket to hold him and he started barking and snapping at the other dog. I am wondering how to properly socialize him on the bike because he is so small and we didn’t know the other dog I was nervous if my dog barked at him he may bite my dog. Do you have any suggestions? My dog is so sweet most of the time, he goes to dog camp with other dogs too. I’m not sure if it’s something I’m doing that makes him snap at other dogs? Any suggestions would be great. Thank you.
Hello Bonnie, In the situation you described, pup was probably feeling trapped, and when you picked them pup they picked up on your fearfulness and reactivity to the situation, and reacted accordingly. See if you have a friend with a larger, but very well socialized and trained dog. Have that dog practice coming up to the bike while pup is riding, keep your response very calm and praise and reward pup for calm and friendly responses. Start with the dog only coming part of the way up to the bike and rewarding good responses to that - but the entire event stays calm. Work up to the dog walking all the way up to the bike and greeting your dog - no longer than a 3 second greeting, and rewarding. Eventually, practice having the dog run up to the bike, greet briefly, then reward. Only practice this with really well socialized, trained dogs who can stay well mannered the entire time, even if a little excited. Only reward your dog for correct responses - don't reward fearfulness or aggressiveness in any form - including body language. Work up to the entire running interaction very gradually, to desensitize pup to it slowly. If you can recruit multiple friends with super well behaved dogs to practice this, even better. Only practice with one dog at a time, until pup does very well with that dog running up finally. Try to stay confident and calm yourself - if you react fearfully or defensively, pup will likely do the same. Working with the right dog will also help you stay calm about the practice. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My Morkie loved bike riding in his basket. Great way to be outdoors with your pet !!!!!