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Cycling through blossoming meadows and vineyards in the crisp late-April air is a perfect way to spend time with your dog, and also a great way to get back in shape. Cycling is relaxing and is a sport you can share with your four-legged friend.

Taking puppies along with you on a country cycle ride can also be a lot of fun. As well as being very ecological, cycling means we can do sport in a relaxing way, and it provides some significant psycho-physical benefits.

how to take your dog on a bike ride

Aerobic activity, such as cycling, is excellent for getting back in shape, because it means you can give your metabolism a long and measured workout after a lazy winter. After the first 25 minutes, your organism starts to burn fat, so the best thing is to pedal at a reasonable rate for at least an hour, but without getting too much out of breath. You don’t have to pedal hard, the important thing is to keep a good level of intensity, but one that means you can hold a conversation and not be too short of breath – in that way you can burn 400 to 500 calories an hour.

cycling with your dog

dog bike carrier by ferplast

To take your four-legged friend with you, it’s a help to install a dog carrier like Ferplast’s Atlas Bike Rapid, which is available in two sizes and can hold a puppy of up to 7kg. This small carrier is like a basket that can be quickly and easily attached and taken off bike handlebars. It is long-wearing and every attention has been paid to safety and comfort: a protection net with soft rubber trim, the bottom sheet for the dog to rest its legs on, a comfortable cushion and the safety belt to attach to your dog’s collar or harness. The Atlas Bike Classic model, however, can be attached using the necessary kit to a rack on the front or rear wheel and has the same comforts as the quick-release version.

bike carrier for dogs atlas bike by ferplast with safety belt

bike carrier for dogs atlas bike by ferplast with safety beltbike carrier for dogs atlas bike by ferplast

Matilde and Sidney had a great time and didn’t want to get off the bike. We followed them for a bit, but in the end we let them go off and explore the countryside, and fill their eyes with colours and their noses with the smell of springtime. 

cycling with your dog surrounded by beautiful westerias

taking your dog on a bike ride

riding a bicycle with your dog

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