If you want to choose this option, you need to check that it is appropriate for your dog. When you cycle, your dog is going to be running and they need to be able to do this. Before you take your dog with you, it is recommended that you take a trip to the vet to check your pet for any issues. You should also talk to your vet about the fact that you want to take your dog biking with you and see what they say.
It is also important to note that your dog will need to be properly socialized and well-trained before doing this. If you can leave your dog on a loose leash when walking, they will generally be trained enough for running alongside your bike. You do not want your dog to be tugging on the leash while you are cycling.
If this activity is appropriate, you will need to introduce your pet to your bike. There are some dogs that immediately take to running next to a bike while others will become scared when it moves. It could take your dog days or weeks to become used to your bicycle and you need to be patient.
To introduce your dog to the bike, you should have them on a leash and take them to your parked bike. If they are afraid, you should walk away from the bike and reward them when they stop showing fear. You need to avoid a complete fear reaction because this will make it harder to introduce the bike.
Once your dog is comfortable with the bike, you can start moving it. You need to try to get your dog to walk next to you calmly while you walk the bike. You can then start to ride the bike slowly while holding your dog’s leash. It is important to reward your pet when they stay calm and keep their attention on you.
When your dog is calm with a slow speed, you should start riding for around 10 minutes at a slow or moderate pace. As the exercise increases, you need to monitor how your dog reacts. You can then increase the ride by 5 to 10 minutes at a time every few days. Eventually, you will be able to go for longer rides, but you should always ensure that you and your dog are safe.