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.
Barks when riding in bike basket without provocation non stop.
Hello Libby, First, I would see if pup barks while in the basket in the house. If so, the issue is probably the basket itself, and I would take the basket off the bike, and work on slowly getting pup used to it again, using food rewards to reward pup anytime the calmly interact with the basket, working up from the basket being on the floor next to pup, pup in the basket detached from the bike, in the basket with it attached but not riding, in the basket riding briefly inside, then riding outside in a calm area, and progressing to more exciting areas and faster speeds as you continue to reward pup for calmness while in the basket. I would teach the Quiet command in combination with this. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark If pup doesn't bark in the basket while inside, even while moving, the issue is probably the outside stimuli they are seeing while riding, especially while riding at a fast pace. I would start by desensitizing pup to the things they are barking at while simply pushing the bike along side you with pup in the basket, so the stimuli are passing more slowly and there is less excitement. Practice Quiet and rewarding pup for calm body language and quietness anytime they pass something they would have previously barked at while going faster. As pup improves, slowly increase the speed of the bike until you can resume normal rides, rewarding pup for quietness as you train. Check out the videos I have linked below of how to desensitize in general with barking behaviors. While these videos don't show basket riding specifically, they do show the process of desensitizing pup to something you pass that pup reacts to, and to general barking while in a location. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAA4pob0Wl0W2agO7frSjia1hG85IyA6a Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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He won't stop barking and he is not getting along well with any of our other pets a year ago we got a border collie and they have attacked each other almost every time they have come in contact he was almost killed in one fight and we are not sure what to do
Hello Emma, Because it is not just your Border Collie but also all of the other household pets pup is having issues with, I do recommend hiring a professional trainer who specializes in behavior issues like aggression to help you in person. Working method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you Likely, pup's respect for you needs to be build with more structure and boundaries, like the working and obedience methods linked above. Pup may also need some fears addressed that could be triggering fights. There may be resource guarding - which would require desensitizing pup to other animals being near their "resources", rewarding good responses to others being near at a distance pup can tolerate, interrupting unwanted responses, and building overall trust and respect for you to deal with the underlying issue or pup trying to claim and guard things - especially if pup is guarding you. You need someone who can evaluate pup's body language to get a good idea of why pup isn't doing well with the other animals to know which approach(s) pup needs taken with training. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My little pup and I are having troubles going on a walk alone. He's great when there's my boyfriend and I, but refuses to walk when it's just one of us taking him for a walk.
We have tried positive treat reinforcement, but he has a treat and stops right there or turns around and walks towards our front door.
Do you have any tips on how to make him more comfortable with just one of us? We can't always walk him together.
Thank you! Julia & Bruno
Hello Julia, First, know that the stopping is likely related to socialization. Pup is probably stopping to observe because they are not used to all the things they are seeing. Spend a lot of time intentionally taking pup places and rewarding and praising pup for exploring new things and reacting bravely or calmly to new things. Take this as a sign pup needs a lot of socialization and is trying to figure out what to think about new things. As they get more exposure and you build up their confidence through rewards, they should be able to ignore things better. With pup in a secure harness or collar, they won't slip out of, spending extra time taking trips slow to leave time for socialization and encountering new things in a fun way, when pup stops and you need them to continue, give quick tug and releases with the leash over and over - not continuously pulling but making stopping a little uncomfortable with a quick little tug then release, then tug and release, ect...- continuous pulling will cause pup to pull in the opposite direction, and you don't want the tugs to be really harsh, just annoying. Act really excited and goofy when pup stops and you want them to continue, doing a little dance or running a couple feet away (while on a six foot leash, don't drop the leash), calling pup in a silly, excited voice. Know that when pup is stopping they are probably nervous, so you want to get your energy up and help them refocus on you, making the situation fun while also insisting pup keep walking with you. You should be enthusiastic enough that you feel silly - all good puppy trainers look pretty silly at times because that's what works best. Also, recognize that when pup keeps stopping over and over, it's probably time to head home for now. Pups can get easily over stimulated and tired, and often stopping over and over can mean pup has had enough for now. View outings as training and socialization rather than trying to get somewhere far right now. When it's obvious it's time to head home, get pup to follow you a couple more steps again and you initiate turning the walk toward home, so that pup is rewarded with heading home for following and not stopping. Practice this with both of you separately, so pup will learn to trust you both individually too, rather than only together, or only one of you by yourself but not the other by themselves. Know that this behavior is normal at this age, especially for pup's with certain personality types. Check out the free PDF e-book AFTER You Get Your Puppy as well. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads 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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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 Morkie loved bike riding in his basket. Great way to be outdoors with your pet !!!!!