Dog Sports: Bikjoring

Dog Sports

This week’s feature: Bikjoring

Bikjoring is fast becoming the best way to exercise your dog in the spring and summer months.  Bikjoring combines biking and running your dog.  Like Skijoring; your dog is hooked up to your bike either with a harness or with simply his flat collar.

Here in Denver, Colorado with so many green belts, bike paths, trails and mountains Bikjoring is a great way to get your dog out there with you. Follow all trail rules.  Be sure to pack along water for your dog.

We have tested many types of equipment designed for Bikjoring and we have found the Walkydog to be the easiest safest equipment for you and your dog.  The Walkydog is an engineered piece of equipment connect to the bike frame just under the seat and extending outward about 18 inches and then a short leash from there connects to your dog’s collar. Keeping your dog in a safe position away from wheels and turning handlebars don’t get tangled in the leash.

You can use the same equipment necessary to Skijor as well; a harness for your dog; a skijoring belt for your waist; and a towline that connects you to your dog.

Be sure to check all safety warnings when using any equipment.  Ride safely, follow the rules of the road, and be sure to check with your veterinarian to check your dog’s health and ability to increase his exercise.  Enjoy the ride!

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Michele Forto is Denvers Dog Training Examiner, a certified canine trainer at Denver Dog Works and the co-host of the Dog Doctor Radio Show.


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