DD and i are taking small dog away for a few nights in campervan in halfterm. place has direct access to cycle trails in forest thought it might be fun to take bikes as well. Am looking at those things that stick out from seat to hold dog and lead away from bike and have a bit of bungy to avoid jerks (large jr size anyway so not huge) anyone tried one? Dog young fit and likes to run, neither dd or I are exactly olympic cyclists so dont think will be too much for him!
I've anaesthetised quite a few people who biked with their dogs. Dog goes one way around lamp post / tree, bike goes the other - person ends up on trauma list with a broken leg requiring plating back together.
I used to cycle with my last dog, a border collie but i didnt use anything attached to the bike. I had his lead in, or rather just under my hand, not wrapped around my wrist, and just held it against the handlebar iyswim. I wouldnt want to risk anything that tethers dog to bike/human as the potential for disaster is all too obvious.
Have you looked into allowing your pooch to ride in like a king in one of those trailers? Don't know their 'proper' name but they're used for kids instead of a child seat on the back of the bike. I've seen quite a few people riding their bikes with a pooch cozied up in one of those (for either the entire journey or for part of a long journey).