It’s difficult for me to walk my Weimaraners enough to tire them out. My Weims are high energy, 8 year old girls. Calm walks, while great for teaching polite walking, just don’t cut the mustard when it comes to burning off energy.
One of my dogs goes between 3-5 miles per ride and the other is content with 1.5 miles. I do this with them about 3-4 times a week. It’s a great way to give your dog a lot of aerobic exercise in a short amount of time.
A dog’s natural pace is a brisk trot. So biking is perfect. I keep my pace around 4-6 miles per hour with occasional short bursts of speed up to 8-9 miles per hour. If you work out yourself, you’ll see this described as interval training. It’s a great way to get maximum benefit out of your work out. The same concept applies to dogs, however I don’t specifically do interval training for the dogs. Rather, I let the dogs choose their own pace. I allow them to stop occasionally at their favorite trees (not at every tree!) to leave pee mail, and occasionally, they decide they need to run full out and we do!
Biking dogs is easy to do. Many people are worried about their dog pulling them over on the bike. But I have found that once you are moving at a good clip, the dogs just move with you and are less likely to be distracted by things in the environment. There are attachments you can get for your bike to which the dog is attached. Walky Dog seems to be the most popular and reasonably priced attachment. This link, answers a lot of questions people have about biking with their dogs (FYI: I have no association with the Walky Dog company).
If you are trying biking dogs for the first time, once you get your gear, go to a big empty parking lot with your dog and bike to practice. This will give you a chance to get the hang of it without a lot of distractions.
Enjoy your dog and your neighborhood this summer with bike rides!