Ever think about hitting the road with your canine companion? Pedal with the pooch? I got out on the C&O a couple of times in the last month with Belle Starr and wanted to share some of my newer takes on bicycle touring with dogs.
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The Journal: Touring With Dogs, Revisted
Keep your mileage expectations low
Rethink priorities – everything gets knocked down a few notches to make comfort and safety for your dog the top two slots
Narrow your comfort range when deciding when your tour is a go
Take breaks on a schedule in addition to when you need them
Expect some deviation in behavior and reaction to food and water
Experiment a lot with your setup and be ready to modify
Be ready for some wet and dirty paws
You will not sleep as good as normal until things adjust
Don’t jump into big tours immediately – some dogs thrive in it, others tolerate it for short stints, others… well, you heard the Louis story 😉
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Mark Van Raam