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February 27, 2021
Hi, it's Alanna and Max here with sixthreezero, And today, we're going to talk about how to get your dog into a bike basket so you can go for a ride, and we'll go for a short ride, so stay tuned.
Today we're going to be talking about biking with your dog in a basket, so this is mainly going to apply to small or medium-sized dogs and today we have the EVRYjourney tricycle, which is a great option. It has a pretty large basket, but these tips can apply to even biking with a regular bicycle with a basket in front.
So the first thing you want to consider is the basket and getting your dog comfortable with the basket. As you can see, Max is pretty comfortable. He's been on plenty of bike rides already, so he's used to this, but that not might not be the case for your dog so you definitely want to pair the basket with something that your dog is comfortable with, such as a blanket like Max has here, one of his favorite blankets, or even a dog bed. And it will even be helpful if you can remove the basket, you can bring it in the house completely away from the bike, and get your dog used to it that way.
So once your dog is comfortable being in the basket attached to the bike, whether that's in the front or the rear, then you can start with motion. So you're going to want to take it slow and start by just walking the bike, and this is a good place to start because most dogs have a positive association with the word walk, so you can even tell them that you're going to take them for a bike walk. I don't know if you can see, but Max's ears definitely perk up at that word and just get him used to moving in the basket.
Okay, so once you're ready to move on to riding, one thing you'll want to consider is harnessing your dog. Your dog might not need it if ... You know your dog best, so you know if he's going to or she's going to actually stay in the basket, but in the case of Max here, I know he will definitely chase anything that he sees, whether that's a bird or another dog or another cyclist. So I always harness him and I just use this, which is a seatbelt for dogs. I attach it to his harness and just loop it through and clip it on. So as you can see, it's not super tight. He can still move around in the basket, but it just keeps him secure and especially because the basket is in the back in this case, and I can't see him at all times, this just gives me a little more peace of mind while I'm riding.
Okay, so now you're ready to start riding. A few things to consider. You want to make sure that starting out you keep your rides short and you don't go too fast. Be mindful of bumps or anything that might frighten your dog, and then gradually over time, you can increase your speed, your distance, start introducing some bumps and make sure to offer a lot of positive reinforcement along the way, whether that's in the form of verbal praise or treats. Make sure you reward your dog and have fun. It should be fun for both of you. So we're going to go for a ride now. Max has been really patient and he's really eager to get going as you can probably tell, but stay tuned for our next video. We're going to talk about biking with your dog running alongside you. So, let's go.
Okay, thanks for riding along with us. I hope you found these tips helpful. If you take your dog for a ride, be sure to take a photo, tag us in it. Those are my personal favorite photos to see. And yeah, don't forget to tune in for part two. We're going to be talking about riding your bike with your dog running alongside you, and yep, don't forget, it's your journey, your experience. Enjoy the ride.
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