Taking your dog out with you when you ride your bike is a great way to shake up their daily exercise and to spend some fun, quality time with your pet. But to keep you both safe, simply holding their normal leash as they run alongside you, is not the way to go. You need to factor in your dog’s energy levels, size and physical ability, and also be prepared for unexpected pulls, tugs and sideways moves that could unbalance your bike. So, to keep your bike ride with your pooch safe and enjoyable, you should invest in a dog bicycle leash.
Designed to fix securely onto your bike and to also keep your dog at a safe distance and under control, dog bike leashes are the perfect solution to some freewheeling, canine/human fun. We take a look some of the best dog bike leashes you can currently buy so you can safely get biking with your pet.
With its stainless steel frame and paracord that has a pull strength of 550 pounds, the Walky Dog means business. Fixing securely to the bike’s seat post, this solid bike dog leash is also tough enough for larger, more energetic dogs. Quickly installed and compatible with most bikes, the Walky Dog may be a mid-priced product, but it offers peace of mind as you go for a ride with your pet. Complete with adjustable leash length and built-in shock absorbers to counter those sudden doggy pulls, it’s easy to use and is outdoor durable, thanks to the high carbon steel that’s rust and UV resistant. This is the ideal dog bicycle leash for lively breeds such as boxers and huskies who need the exercise as well as a higher level of control but can be easily used for most bike-confident medium to large sized dogs.
Stainless steel quick release bike leash
550-lb pull cord strength
Rust, UV and fade resistant
Adjustable leash length
With its two-point strap attachment system, the DoggerJogger does away with the need for metal hardware, making it an easy option for casual bike rides with your pet. Made from soft, durable nylon, the two straps fit on the front and back of your bike frame on either side, maintaining your dog inside a safety zone as you ride. The bike tow leash attaches to your dog’s harness at the optimum angle and the bungee cord gives your pup constant feedback as to their position. And should there be a mishap, the DoggerJogger includes a breakaway section to enable your pet to quickly separate from the leash. It may not be the toughest leash for large, boisterous dogs or give you the same high level of control as metal attachment systems but for everyday short riding blasts in the park as a dog exerciser, this is a good value choice. Plus, when you get to your destination, simply remove from your bike and it works as a conventional dog leash.
Soft, durable nylon dog bike leash
Two-point strap system instead of metal attachment
Quick release breakaway section
Doubles up as a dog walking leash
If outdoor sports are your thing, then check out this retractable hands-free dog leash from Shine Hai. Whilst not a bike specific dog leash – it doesn’t fit to your bicycle but works via an adjustable band around your waist – it’s for multi-outdoor sports including biking. The design gives you hands-free control and includes a leash attached to a strong bungee cord that can absorb the shocks and twists of moving dogs up to 150 pounds. Placed along the bungee are two control handles – one on the dog collar – so you can directly control pulling and slow your dog when needed and there are reflective panels for visibility. This hands-free bike tow leash would work well on casual cycle rides with dogs that are comfortable to run alongside. It’s also an easy go-to for jogging or hiking with your dog – or even walking with your pooch if you need your hands free for pushing a stroller. A good value dog exerciser.
Multi-sport hands-free retractable dog leash
Adjustable waist band and durable bungee cord
Two control handles and reflective strips
Ideal for jogging, hiking as well as biking
The Springer Dog Exerciser claims to take up to 90% of the force when your pooch tugs on the leash as you ride. Thanks to the steel spring situated low on the arm attachment fitted to your bicycle, this means you can weather the rough as well as the smooth of a ride out with your dog. The metal attachment also keeps your canine at a controllable distance and the whole clamp system can be used on either side of your bike. The attachment also comes with an 18-inch rope which can be adjusted in length to suit your dog and their size. And should your pooch find themselves entangled or on the wrong side of an obstacle as you cycle, there’s a safety release on the attachment so he can break free. This dog bike leash can work with multiple pets, just choose to buy the optional adapter so you can ride your bike with two dogs at a time.
Dog bike leash with steel clamp
Can be fitted on either side of standard bikes
Spring leash absorbs up to 90% of pulling force
Adjustable leash – ideal for large or stronger dogs
It’s the stability that you notice in the design of our Premium Pick dog bike leash, allowing your pet good freedom of movement while keeping your both safe as you ride. Made from sturdy metal tubing that clamps to your bike and houses the leash, the Bike Tow reacts to your dog’s movement as if you were holding the leash yourself. It also absorbs the jolts as your dog walks or runs beside you, meaning you feel more secure in the bike seat. Easy to fit on to your bike’s rear frame, no tools are needed although it only works on the left side. However, it can be used with trikes and mobility scooters. The Bike Tow is also a good all-round bicycle attachment for dogs, working with canines from 10 to 185 pounds.
Bike dog walker for dogs from 10 to 185 pounds
Arm designed to prevent tipping, tangling and side steering
No-tools required and easy to fit
Works with the left side of most bikes, trikes and mobility scooters
For the serious cyclist or owner of a larger, more energetic pet, the Leash Buddy is a well-made dog bike leash that can stand up to the rigors of cycling with your dog. With the attachment and clamp made with a precision-engineered stainless-steel bracket and shock-absorbing spring, the Leash Buddy can also cope with up to 550 pounds of pulling force, keeping you safely and happily rolling with your dog. Designed to fit on either side of your bike’s seat post, it can also be swapped over in seconds without any hassle and will keep your dog at a safe distance with plenty of room for his free movement as you ride. The whole system comes complete with a hardwearing, shock-absorbing leash which fits to your pet’s collar or harness and has a handle to double up as a walking leash when it’s time to step off your bike. One of the strongest leash and bike attachment for dog walking and running.
Designed for larger or more high-energy dogs
Stainless-steel bracket and distance pole
Shock absorbing spring for extra stability
Premium leash can take up to 550lbs of pull
Our Best Value pick is an effective way to absorb the jerks and pulls of both walking your dog or taking him for casual bike rides. Made from high elasticity latex, covered by nylon in a high-vis shade, the Yangbaga Dog Shock Absorber is a great little addition to your bike accessories for dogs kit bag. The principle is simple – use as an extension to your existing leash to absorb the natural tension between you and your dog as you walk, jog or cycle, protecting you from shoulder and arm injury or strain. The extension leash fits easily to most dog leads, collars and harnesses and gives that little bit extra when it comes to safety and control. The Dog Shock Absorber is suitable to use with dogs of all sizes and is sturdy enough to withstand chewing.
Nylon covered elastic latex
Use as a leash extension to absorb tension
Protects arms and shoulders against strain
Can be used with dogs of all sizes
For multi-pet households, we like the simplicity of Bike and Dog’s leash which enables you to ride with up to three of your pooches at once. Made from tough but flexible nylon, the leash attaches to the rear axle of your bike, which reduces the force exerted by your dog as you move along. There are no metal attachments, so fitting is quick and easy, and the leash can be secured either side with a metal carabiner clip. Your dog is kept at a safe distance from your bike, while still under close control and you can extend the leash with other Bike and Dog leashes to attach another dog. The leash can also be used on scooters or when you are simply walking several pooches and need to keep them all close and safe.
Nylon bicycle leash with metal carabiner attachment
Fixes to rear axle to reduce force from your dog
Easy fit to either side of your bike or scooter
Can be used with multiple dogs
The Sunlite is a good value metal dog bike leash with a durable attachment that fits easily to the rear axle of your bicycle. The rigid pole keeps your pup at a safe distance from your bike while the low rear positioning helps to reduce force and keep your steering stable. No tools are needed for fitting the clamp section to your bike and it works with most standard bicycles and there’s a quick release mechanism should your doggo get tangled on an obstacle. This bike leash is best used with a harness for safety but for around 30 bucks you get a decent dog bike leash that should be strong enough for even larger pets.
Metal attachment with dog bike leash
Fixes to the rear axle of most bikes
Low profile position reduces your dog’s pull
Tool free installation
Set high on your bicycle’s seat post, the Doggy-Do dog bike leash from React has an extendable leash so that it works with smaller dogs as well as those on the large side. The stainless-steel attachment it easy to fit and sets your dog at a safe distance while still being close enough for you both to enjoy the ride. A built-in anti-shock spring keeps you on the straight and narrow, even if your pet makes a sudden move or jolt and the sprung leash cord tempers any pulls from your pet. We also like the high visibility handle so that you can both be seen. However, there is no built-in quick release mechanism. This is a heavy-duty dog leash that can work with most sizes of pets and can cope with stronger dogs too while biking.
Stainless steel clamp fits to the seat post
Shock absorber spring for stability control
Sprung leash cord to counter pulls
Screw on easy installation
Safety and compatibility are paramount when using a dog bike leash. When choosing a new bike leash attachment system, always consider the following:
It’s one thing having the best dog bike leash you can buy, but another to get your pet to actually run alongside your bike safely. The variables of a dog, speed and a cycle in a public space means you need to build up to using the bike leash with your dog, taking the time to do some training. Here are our top training tips:
As well as training your dog to run alongside your bike, there are also some key things you can do to keep you both safe as you enjoy your ride:
A: Simply put, a bicycle dog leash attaches securely to your bike so that you can have your pet running alongside you, under control, as you go on a bike ride. There’s a wide choice of dog bike leashes out there, but the majority attach to your bike via a bar that fixes onto the frame or seat post and keep your dog at a safe distance from your bike wheels as they run. You can also buy bike leashes that attach directly to your bike and are designed to quick-release and can also be used as ordinary dog leads when you decide to go for a walk. Many dog bike leashes also have a shock-absorbing system so that if your dog pulls or tugs as he runs, you are not going to be pulled off balance and potentially fall.
A: There should be no problem using a dog tow leash with an electric bike, as long as the attachment is appropriate, it is safely fitted and both you and your pet are comfortable. But always be aware of your speed as it can creep up without you realizing and you could be going a little too fast for your hardworking pet.
A: Running alongside you as you ride your bike is not going to be for every dog so never force a reluctant doggo to come out with you. And while they may seem willing, using a bike leash is not a good idea for smaller or toy-sized dogs and can be unsafe as well as beyond your little dog’s physical abilities.
Skittish, nervous, out of condition or older dogs are also not best suited to running alongside a bike, so you may need to consider another way to bring them long with you, perhaps a dog basket or travel pack so they can still enjoy the ride.
The Walky Dog Plus Dog Bicycle Exerciser Leash is an impressive dog lead attachment that enables you to ride with even high energy or larger breeds. Quick and easy to install and remove, you get a high carbon stainless steel frame and a leash pull cord that boasts a pull strength of up to 550 pounds. Add in an adjustable bike leash length and inner shock absorbers to counter sudden pulls or movement and you have a top way to enjoy bicycling with your pooch.