The Pedalshift Project 183: Touring With Dogs, Revisited

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.

The Pedalshift Project 183: Touring With Dogs, Revisted

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The Journal: Touring With Dogs, Revisted

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.
  • 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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