WalkyDog Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the WalkyDog safer than holding a normal leash while biking?
Because the WalkyDog attaches securely onto the seatpost of your bike, you are able to keep both hands on the handlebars where they belong. The WalkyDog also has a patented internal shock absorbing system that severely reduces the pull from your dog and quickly corrects them if they try darting out to the side. The WalkyDog is also designed in such a way that your dog is deterred from trying to run too far ahead or get too close to your tires - but at the same time it keeps them close enough to your bike that you do not take up too much space on the road or trail.
Can I attach the WalkyDog directly to the dog's collar or should I use a dog pulling harness?
We advise using a dog harness with padding because it distributes the pull evenly and is more comfortable for your dog.
How does the Walky Dog attach to my bike?
The WalkyDog comes with a separate jaw clamp that attaches onto the seatpost of your bike. The jaw clamp will fit any standard seat post that is 3 1/4" - 4" inches in circumference. The WalkyDog leash then can be quickly attached and detached from the jawclamp via the quick release mechanism. Tip: Make sure your bicycle seat post is securely tightened to prevent movement if using the WalkyDog with a very powerful breed.
I have a smaller dog (under 30 lbs); is biking recommended?
Please remember that we do not recommend biking dogs that are under 30 lbs. Ideally your dog should also be 1 year old or more. Consult your vet if you are still unsure. If you are going to bike a smaller dog please ride at a slower pace and for shorter distances - it is important to never push your dog beyond his or her limit.
How far should I bike my dog at a time?
This will vary from dog to dog. Our suggestion is to limit the distance at first until your dog builds up stamina - they are just like people in this sense. Here are some things to keep in mind. Do not bike for very long periods of time on pavement - this can wear down your dog's pads and is a special concern on very hot days (monitor your dog's pads). ALWAYS bring water for your dog and give them breaks to have a drink. Only bike during the coolest parts of the day and NEVER push your dog beyond their capacity. Refer to our dog biking tips page for more information.
Can the WalkyDog be used on asphalt/pavement?
Yes, but monitor the wear on your dog's pads. Hot summer months can really heat up the asphalt and damage your dog's paws with extended biking. As long as you monitor your dog's pads for damage riding on pavement during cooler parts of the day should be okay. Test the surface with your hand first and make sure you can keep your hand on the surface for at least 7 seconds without discomfort. During the summertime when temperatures spike, it is VERY important to only bike your dog during cooler parts of the day and for shorter distances. Make your dog's pads have become accustomed slowly to pavement riding. Always bring water along for the ride and take frequent breaks. Consider bringing along a dog bike trailer with a cool wet towel or cooling pad inside to give your dog a rest on the way home.
Will the WalkyDog fit any bike?
The WalkyDog can fit any bike with a seat post that is 3 1/4" - 4" in circumference.
Who should use the WalkyDog?
Any adult that is comfortable riding a bicycle. The WalkyDog should NOT be used by children, people carrying children on the bike in a child bike seat, etc... Basically, please use good common sense and judgement.
Can the WalkyDog be used with a powered scooter, golf cart, or ATV?
Will the internal cord ever need replacing?
The internal cord is very durable and made to withstand even the most powerful dog's abuse. That said - depending on the activity and strength of your dog, the internal cord may eventually begin to wear down. This will not happen overnight - just monitor it and replace as necessary. It's very easy to do (takes about 3 min). The video below shows how to make a custom length cord or replace a worn out cord:
My dog is scared of bikes. Is there any way I can train it to enjoy the WalkyDog?
Most dogs quickly take to the WalkyDog. For dogs that are hesitant: First of all, use a dog harness to distribute the weight across the dog's body. Next, hook them up to the WalkyDog and walk next to your bike for a couple of blocks - your dog will associate the WalkyDog as just like going for a normal walk. As you notice them becoming more comfortable, try getting on your bike and riding slowly and then get off and walk again. After a while your dog will likely get the idea and you both will be enjoying a bike ride together! However, if your dog just doesn't like biking, send everything back to us for a full refund. We would never encourage you to push a dog to do something they are not comfortable with and do not enjoy.