Re: walking next to a bike not in front of it
Cycling is great exercise, the below considerations are pretty important in keeping it enjoyable over the dogs lifetime.
Pace, surface and temp are very important. Ideally for a full size adult dog (with good hips/elbows) the pace should be between 7-9mph, this pace keeps a GSD trotting which is minimal impact to joints.
The surface is key to keeping the joints in good shape, ride as much as possible off pavement, the hard surface is too much impact on the joints and should be kept to a minimum.
Offcourse the temp is also key, a dog cools off by heat exchange through breathing, so if the temp is in high 90's the rate of cooling is not fast enough and dog can die.
A harness of flat collar is best, care should be taken with a prong or choke as serious injury can occur if you fall off and bring dog from 7 to 0mph in a short time.
On long rides (over 2 miles) the dog should be rested every 4 miles or so and let to recover before continuing on.
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