Rollerblading is undoubtedly a fun exercise and can be even more exciting if you can rollerblade with your dog. Rollerblading together is an incredible way to not only bond with your dog but also keep him fit and healthy. When you rollerblade, your speed is much faster than when you are walking or potentially even if you are running. So your dog can get some great exercise as well if you rollerblade next to him.
There are some safety issues to think about when rollerblading with your dog. You will need to trust that your dog understands all of the basic commands and will stop when you ask him to stop. Before heading out on rollerblades, your dog needs to be able to run next to you without pulling you along and without being distracted by the environment. If you have this trust with your dog and your dog understands all of these advanced, as well as basic, commands, rollerblading together is something you can incorporate into your daily exercise routine.
Before you get on rollerblades and head out with your dog, be sure he understands advanced commands such as 'heel'. You will also expect your dog to follow basic commands such as ‘wait’ and ‘leave it.’ These will be imperative as you are rollerblading together if your dog finds a distraction or a squirrel runs across his path. Safety needs to be a top priority when rollerblading with your dog, as you don't want your rollerblades to become entangled with his leash, and having your dog pull you along can certainly become a hazardous situation. A bond between a well-trained dog and his owner is one that is tight enough that could make this activity not only successful but also incredibly fun. Just be sure before you begin to have that trust built with your dog.
Training your dog to rollerblade with you will require rollerblades, but you may want to train without wheels to begin. You will need a leash and high-value treats to get this training started. Some owners who rollerblade, run, or even bicycle with their dogs look into exercise leashes that are easier to manage while controlling your dog on the move. Have some patience and take lots of time to teach your dog how to rollerblade with you for the safety of both of you. Don't expect to hop on rollerblades and take your dog out on a long blading adventure with you right off the bat.