The WalkyDog bike leash was originally created in Italy as a tool to maintain fitness and endurance for dogs. It has since gained popularity worldwide and is used by professional dog trainers as well as everyday dog owners. Please take a look at our tips and safety suggestions below to determine if the WalkyDog is right for you and your pet. If you ever have specific questions you can always contact us and we will do our best to help answer your questions. If you have concerns about your particular dog's capabilities or health issues please consult your veterinarian. Note that the tips and suggestions below our not the manufacturer's - they are our suggestions, developed after personally using the WalkyDog bike leash for over 2 years. We love the WalkyDog and hope you will as well!
1) When riding a bike - with or without a dog - it is always a good idea to wear a helmet. Some of our videos don't set the best example I know, but please wear a helmet - you will be happy to know I recently got one myself :)
2) We suggest using the WalkyDog with dogs that are over 25 lbs and a year old or more. Always ride at your dog's pace - NEVER pull your dog along - the WalkyDog is a tool for the enjoyment of your pet and should never be used irresponsibly. The smaller your dog, the slower you should ride and for shorter distances.
3) Always make sure you have an understanding of your dog's obedience, capabilities, and physical condition before biking your dog. Consult your veterinarian or a licensed dog trainer if you are still unsure.
4) Always be aware of your surroundings when biking your dog using the WalkyDog. Avoid riding in crouded areas and always give pedestrians and other bikers the right of way. Just be courteous to others on the road for your safety and theirs.
5) We suggest using a comfortable dog harness when biking your dog for his/her safety and comfort. We offer a couple of options on our site that we have thoroughly tested and use ourselves, but there are probably other options out there that will work as well.
6) When introducing your dog to a bike leash, we recommend starting out by attaching your dog and then walking (not riding) next to the bike until they become comfortable with the idea. You want your dog to realize that biking is no different than taking a walk. You may need to take out 1 or 2 of the internal springs to make the cord longer and give them a little more space away from the bike. Once they are comfortable, then you can mount the bike and try riding at a slow pace. Most dogs I have worked with take to the WalkyDog right away. If you have any questions please contact me.
7) If you will be riding at a brisk pace or over longer distances, check with your vet first to make sure that your dog is healthy and ready for active workouts. We suggest starting out slow with your pup and gradually increasing the distance and pace at which you bike your dog. If you ever question your dog's ability to ride a certain distance then you have probably gone too far. I wish I could offer advice on how far to ride, but every dog is different. Please don't ever push your dog beyond his or her limits or even try to test those limits. The WalkyDog was made for your dog's enjoyment - please don't use it irresponsibly.
8) During hotter times of the year, please wait until cooler parts of the day to bike your dog.
9) Always bring plenty of water along to keep your pup hydrated.
10) Riding on asphalt for extended periods can damage your dogs paw pads if they are not used to this. Please monitor your dog's paw pads and limit riding on asphalt for extended periods at first. Never ride on asphalt during very hot times of the day. There is a product I use called Musher's Secret which is a paw pad wax that helps condition and toughen your dog's pads. I like this product a lot - and it is totally organic which is nice. As you can see from my videos - I do ride on asphalt, but my dog's pads have toughened over time. Just monitor your dog's pad wear and you should be fine.
11) If you have a powerful puller we have found it is better not to use the clear plastic insert that goes around your seat post. This should keep even the most powerful pullers from moving the bike leash. Watch this video for tips on keeping your clamp secure in the rare case that there is a small amount of movement with your WalkyDog
12) Always obey local laws that may govern the use of this type product in your area.
13) Have fun out there!, but please always use common sense when biking your dog. Never ride faster than they are comfortable with. We want your dog to have as much fun as you do.