BICYCLING WITH YOUR DALMATIAN
Mercedes and Bill Haase enjoy a run at the park
your Dalmatian running
alongside your bicycle is a wonderful way to burn off all that excess
Dal energy! If your Dalmatian is under one year of age, though, it is
not advisable to bicycle with him/her because of the potential for
damaging his/her leg joints. It's best to let your Dal finish growing
safety purposes, you
should use specialized equipment to attach your Dal's collar or harness
to your bicycle. Currently there are three products on the market. This
includes a springer.
you have a safe method
of attaching your Dal's collar or harness to your bicycle, you are
ready to begin. The first few times you take your Dal out with the
bicycle, you may wish to walk the bike to teach your Dalmatian to stay
alongside the bicycle and to be able to correct any lunging or darting
that might occur.
Even the best attachment
product can't completely prevent spills caused by a sudden Dal lunge. A
Dalmatian who has successfully completed a basic obedience course makes
the best bicycling companion because he/she is more focused and more
willing to listen to your commands.
Mercedes and Bimmer are eager to go!
you feel your Dal has
the idea of walking nicely by your bicycle, you may attempt to ride the
bicycle. It is best to do this on a grass or dirt surface in case of
mishaps and because your Dalmatian's feet will not be toughened to
withstand hard running on pavement. You should gradually build up the
distance you bike with your Dal and check his/her paws after each run
to make sure there are no scrapes or blisters. Your bicycle speed
should be such that your Dalmatian will trot to keep up with you; you
may go a little faster for short distances to give your Dal a chance to
gallop but don't try to maintain this pace for long. Keep an eye on
your Dal and make sure he/she isn't panting too hard or showing any
signs of distress. Also keep in mind that heat and humidity can be
dangerous for both you and your Dal if you exercise too hard and too
much. It's a good idea to bring along a water bottle for you and your
Dal to help you both stay hydrated.
your Dal with your bicycle
is a wonderful, healthy activity for both of you. Give it a try! A
tired Dalmatian is a happy, relaxed, non-destructive Dalmatian.