Anybody have experience bicycling with smaller dogs? (Less than 25 lbs.) Would appreciate any tips from seasoned dog bicyclists (if that's the proper term...)
Just got a bike, and tried riding around with each of my dogs one at a time. Had lots of fun (at least I did, the dogs were probably like..."what's our crazy human up to NOW?"), and am wondering if someone has any tips about bicycling smaller dogs (their respective weights are 10 lb, 18 lb, 23 lb).
1. I am looking at different bike leashes. Something like this bicycle dog leash
seems great, but it's only recommended for larger dogs. Should I just go about hanging on to them by hand? They are "okay" with voice commands, but not 100%. If they see a cat sitting around, they'll heed my warning to not pursue it. However, a cat running right in front of us might get them to pull. They're pretty small, so I don't worry about tipping over as much as a sudden lunge into the bike wheels.
2. Do I want to ever try bicycling two of them together? There are three total, and one is super hyper--so Mr. Hyper will be bicycled separately. The other two have similar energy levels, so I'm wondering if I can bicycle them together.
3. Are there any rules of thumb for bicycling the dogs for exercise? How much is too much? I feel Mr. Hyper could probably go on for an hour (though 30 min will probably be far more than enough.) The other ones I'm not sure. They are all between 1-3 years of age, and don't have any respiratory or health issues that I know of.
I still will walk them as well...just trying to switch up our routine.