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Has your dog been running next to your bike when you were cycling through the forest? If you wish for a little more action, bikejoring may be just the thing for you. The dog is connected via a pull rope with the bike and pulls you - similar to dog sledding - through the countryside. Since the necessary investment is relatively low this way you can try out dog harness activities. Since the joints of your dog should be spared, long distances are not advisable on asphalt. Instead, you should choose routes that run through the woods or fields. Using a normal city bike on such roads may be risky. A stable mountain bike with rough profile tires is by far more appropriate. Do not try to save in the wrong place, because inferior materials quickly break the handlebars or the brakes fail, which can lead to serious accidents and injury. A bicycle helmet and gloves are advisable for your own safety and are a great addition to your bikejoring equipment.
Bikejoring over hill and daleRequirements for the dog - Your dog does play the main role. The basic concepts of dog training should be familiar to him, so that he can be directed securely from the bike's saddle. A dog that likely to joyfully chase a deer may forget his master on the bike behind him. This would be a real danger to his owner and himself. The dog does not have to be very large or heavy, it is only important that he likes to run. Dogs that weigh about 20 kg, can already develop much fun in bikejoring. The stronger your dog is, the easier it will be for him to pull the bike. However, it is not necessary that he does all the work - you can help by some pedaling of your own. It is just important that the leash is connecting the dog to the bike and not grinding on the ground.
Safety for humans and animalsTo prevent the bike from running over the leash, a spacer is necessary where the rope is attached to the bike. A damping on the rope should be provided, when the dog speeds up, its flexibly helps to prevent heavily jerking around the bike. The dog sets the pace, you adapt to it. If it is slow because the effort is unfamiliar, you may pedal slowly or take a recess. The leash must not be attached to the collar. The pressure on the neck and larynx would be too large. To avoid strangulating the animal use a harness like those which are used in dog sled racing. A proper harness ideally distributes the burden on the back of the animal so your four-legged friend can optimally use his power. You should introduce your dog slowly to this exercise. At first, it helps him when someone else leads the dog while you sit back on the bike and give the orders. Soon he will understand what you want of him and the can fun begin!
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