Dog Product Reviews For Active Dogs
Bike Tow Leash Review
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review from Bike Tow Leash. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter
I am really impressed with the Bike Tow Leash and the ease of use and quality. It is definitely a product I can recommend to dog training clients and friends, especially for active dogs and active families. Dexter and I will continue to use the Bike Tow Leash, but because of Dexter’s limitations, we will be keeping a slow pace and short rides. He did enjoy it, so it will come out again this spring.
Biking with your dog is a great way to exercise WITH your dog. I know for me, being healthy and fit is always a challenge, because I hate being away from Dexter The Dog, and as of now, I don’t know any health clubs that allow dogs. 🙂 Biking with your dog can fill this gap and allow a person to exercise himself and his dogs at the same time, killing two birds with one stone. Who doesn’t like that?
Today, I want to talk about a great bike attachment that allows you to safely take your dog for a bike ride. I had the opportunity to test the Bike Tow Leash and Dexter and I had a really nice time. But first, if you have not biked with your dog, please read my article on How to Introduce Your Dog to Biking. It’s really important to make sure you and your dog are safe during bike rides.
When my Bike Tow Leash arrived, I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed by all the pieces and instructions. But to be fair, I was given more than just the pre-assembled leash attachment, I was also given a universal mounting clamp, quick mount, and dog coupler to bike with two dogs. I decided it would be best for me to hop over to their website to review their mounting instructions. Whew, I’m glad I did. I attached the Bike Tow Leash leaning the clamp against the front of the axle nut with bolt above and below the wheel drop out. Don’t worry, I don’t know what that means, either—I just looked at the instructions. 🙂 That made the installation very easy. I opted out of using the quick mount.
Once the leash was mounted, I needed to ensure that it hit the right portion of Dexter, at his shoulders. It did, so that part was easy. If the leash does not automatically fit your dog, there are printed and online instructions on how to adjust the height.
Next, I needed to adapt Dexter’s harness for the bike ride. Because of the design of the Bike Tow Leash, they recommend a Martingale type collar. “We recommend using a Martingale type collar, having the secondary tightening loop and 3 rings. Use the center ring for walking on a regular leash and biking in high distraction and risk areas as the dog cannot back out of this type collar. Use one of the outer rings for normal riding so that you differentiate between loose leash walking and allowing your dog to propel the bike. The outer rings provide a looser collar and since the BTL pulls from the side the force goes to the side of the neck and shoulder not up against the dog’s throat.” I spoke with the company prior to accepting this review, since Dexter The Dog cannot wear a collar due to his neurological condition. We were in agreement that attaching a D-ring to the side of his harness at his shoulder would work.
Finally, we were off to the park! I thought taking our bike and Dexter to the park would be a great open space for our maiden voyage. The first step I did was to attach the Bike Tow Leash to Dexter’s harness and walk him and the bike together. This allowed Dexter to figure out where he was going to walk. Please note, that after speaking with the company, they instruct people to keep weight on the bike or at least walk from opposite side of the bike.
Dexter didn’t seem to be concerned at all, so I felt we were good to start riding. Dexter and I went slow and steady. Dexter is 7 and has some mobility issues, so a slow pace was best. He kept a perfect pace and stayed at the right distance. The way the Bike Tow Leash is designed helps to keep the dog at the right distance from the bike. With a little encouragement when pedaling and turning, Dexter knew what I was going to do and when I was going to slow down and turn. A little dog obedience can go a long way in teaching your dog to bike with you.
Watch our first ride!
Dexter and I had a lot of fun! I wasn’t sure if Dexter would really enjoy it, but he really seemed to have a blast. He even had some goofy expressions and enthusiastic smiles during our bike ride. He even had a nice little trot going which is pretty impressive for my Pokey Joe. As for the double dog coupler, I will be updating this post next spring once I can review that portion with a friend. That’s the downside of living in Ohio. ;0
Hop on over and visit the Bike Tow Leash’s website for yourself. It’s a great product!
Do you bike with your dog? Tell me in the comments.
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