Training Your Dog to Ride in a Basket

Are you holding back on that special basket for your dog because you think he won't stay inside it?

Do you think that training would take up too much time?

Well, think again.

All you need is about one week, and your dog will ride like the wind!!!
Here's how.

1. Tie the dog securely in the basket with a dog harness or rope.

2. Walk the bike with the dog in the basket a few times before taking him for a real ride.

3. While walking, talk to him and keep a hand on him, urging him to sit and relax.

4. Ride up and down a level driveway or level area in front of your house for a few days letting him get used to the movement and turning motions. Keep your hand on him if necessary. Make the sessions short at first and gradually lengthen as he becomes more comfortable. (The best rider in the family should do this, as your worrying about falling will alert him that he is not safe.) If you are not a strong rider, take it much slower and make the sessions with the dog shorter.

5. Find a bump or rough spot like you would normally encounter while riding and go over it repeatedly telling the dog at the same time "here's a bump!" Constantly reassure him each time until you notice he is able to anticipate what is going to happen and seems to be more relaxed about it.

6. Try to anticipate things that might scare or excite your dog and expose him to them slowly, with your reassurance and praise each time. Riding near loud traffic, encountering large dogs, cats or squirrels and riding very fast are examples. When encountering these situations let him know barking, jumping, standing, etc. are not acceptable and give him appropriate commands- push him down in the basket if necessary. If he reacts badly try to make it clear that it is not acceptable without prolonging the encounter. Example: If he tries to jump out of the basket to attack a Rottweiler, speak to him sternly:   Push him down but keep going to let him know you are not stopping.   This is not the time to stop and let him get to know the dog. THIS IS THE TIME TO RIDE.   He will start to relax and even start to ignore other dogs and situations if he is exposed properly.

These methods have worked for my Beagle as well as some smaller breeds, and I think they will work for you if you start with short sessions and be patient with your pooch. Riding a bicycle is not a natural for a dog, but if exposed properly your dog will love it as much as you do.   Remember how long it took you to learn to ride a bike properly as well as learn all the rules of the road!   Your dog loves being with you, and believe me, EVERYONE enjoys seeing your dog on the bicycle with you. Good luck and happy trails!

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