Dog Bike Leash

*Note: My mutt Ace and I tested the WalkyDog dog bike leash from The Dog Outdoors. The company sent us the leash at no cost in exchange for a review.

This dog bike leash is great for the right human and dog pair, especially if you have an active dog that can’t seem to get enough exercise.

When I say “hands free bike leash” or “bike leash for dogs,” I am referring to the WalkyDog bike leash. I have not tested other brands of bike leashes such as the Springer bike leash or the K-9 Bike Jogger.

The WalkyDog is a bike leash designed so people can keep both hands on the bike without holding or tying the leash. One side of the WalkyDog bike leash attaches to the bar beneath the bike’s seat. The other side clips to the dog’s collar, holding the dog securely and safely in place.

The WalkyDog bike leash has a quick release ability so in an emergency or if I want to walk Ace, I can quickly detach the leash section from my bike without unscrewing the entire tool. This also came in handy when I first installed the bike leash attachment. I did not have to attach Ace to the bike until seconds before I was ready to ride.

Girl riding her bike with black dog and a hands free dog bike leashBiking with your dog

Taking your dog biking is a great way to have fun and get some exercise, but it is dangerous if the dog is not under control. A hands free bike leash makes sure the human is the leader, not the dog.

Even if you already bike with your dog, it will take some time to get used to the dog biking leash. Don’t rush it.

Ace and I have been biking together for two years, but I went back to the basics with him the first time I tried the WalkyDog. I kept him on the left side of the bike while I wheeled it between us. You can set up the bike attachment so your dog is on the right or left. Once on the bike, I made sure not to go too fast at first.

Who should use a hands free dog bike leash?

Walky Dog Hands free dog bike leashDogs with decent leash manners

The WalkyDog is perfect for dogs that have good leash manners and respect for a loose leash. Since the WalkyDog is a hands free leash, the human can’t correct the dog with leash pops. There are other ways to communicate with the dog while biking such as verbally or simply stopping whenever the dog pulls.

People who bike in heavy traffic or in the wilderness

The WalkyDog bike leash is good for people who want to do some serious biking with their dogs out on trails or through traffic. These are times when having both hands on the bars is very important for safety reasons.

Athletic, shorthaired dogs

The WalkyDog bike leash is great for tall, active dogs. Let’s face it, even when we run with our dogs, we can’t always run for as long as they would like. Biking is a great way to make up for it. With a bike leash, you can go the speed your dog wants – fast!

Tall and fit shorthaired dogs will generally do the best with a bike leash, but I’m not out to discourage anyone from using this product. Any dog could potentially tag along on bike rides. If you have a small or short dog, check out the low-rider attachment sold at The Dog Outdoors.

I have the WalkyDog on hand to use with foster dogs, and I like having a hands free bike leash for my Fargo dog running clients that want to pick up the pace a bit.

Black dog running next to bike using hands free dog bike leashPeople who need both hands on the bike

The bike leash is a good tool for people who are not comfortable biking with one hand. It’s also a good tool for someone who needs to focus on riding rather than controlling the dog. It takes time to be comfortable biking with a dog, and the WalkyDog bike leash is a good way to hold the dog in place while the rider focuses on not falling!

Someone biking with her dog for the first time

If you have never biked with your dog, then a hands free bike leash like the WalkyDog is a good way to start. It will help teach your dog to remain at your side.

Who should not use a hands free dog bike leash?

WalkyDog hands free dog bike leashUntrained dogs

It is not safe to use a hands free dog bike leash with dogs that do not know how to walk on a loose leash. It might be OK with a dog under 40 pounds or so, but a large dog is capable of causing the biker to loose control. If your dog has no leash manners, then practice some obedience and loose-leash walking before biking with him.

Bikers who want to give leash corrections

Since a bike leash like the WalkyDog is hands free, it is not possible to give the dog corrections when he pulls. As a result, the dog is able to pull and pull and pull. The WalkyDog bike leash is designed with springs and a bungee to reduce the force noticed by the biker, but this does not make up for the dog getting used to a tight leash.

Dogs that have already been trained to bike without a special leash

My mutt Ace is trained to walk nicely on a leash. Because of this, a bike attachment is not necessary for us. I am kind of an old man and set in my ways, so it took me awhile to admit I like the WalkyDog. Now that I have one, I use it almost every day! Whether you and your dog should use a bike leash is totally up to you.

Ace is used to walking with his head further forward than the WalkyDog bike leash allows. Because of this, it took us some time to get used to a bike leash. He had a tendency to pull while trying to get closer to my front tire where he typically runs. It took two or three biking sessions for him to realize if he stays back he will be more comfortable. You can see us in the video below.

What collar is best while biking with my dog?

Hands free walkydog bike leashThe type of collar your dog wears while biking is up to you. There is not one collar that will work best with every dog.

The Dog Outdoors recommends a harness with the WalkyDog dog bike leash and sells one specifically designed for comfort and control while biking. I’m skeptical of harnesses because a harness makes pulling easier for the dog. Pulling is the last thing I want to encourage.

A training collar such as a pinch collar will give you the most control over your dog, but a pinch collar can’t be used properly when attached to a bike leash. The dog will likely keep the collar tight the whole time, defeating the purpose of a “training” collar.

Ace wore his regular nylon collar while attached to the WalkyDog. You’ll have to experiment and find what collar works best for you. A head collar like the Gentle Leader did not work well because of Ace’s height in relation to the WalkyDog. This won’t be the case for all dogs.

Other hands free bike leashes

There are other hands free bike leashes out there such as the Springer dog bike leash and the K-9 Bike Jogger bike leash. These are different than the WalkyDog, and I have not tested them.

Bike leash or not, I am a big fan of biking with dogs. It is a great way to get in some much-needed exercise. If you are into outdoor recreation with your dog, make sure to check out the WalkyDog and other products from The Dog Outdoors.

Don’t forget your helmet!

Do you bike with your dog? Do you use a hands free bike leash?

52 thoughts on “Dog Bike Leash”

  1. We were looking for something like this earlier this summer when we decided to start biking with Fresca. She can be a hand full when we take her out. she is good on a leash we just can’t go fast enough for her and still stay in control. I will have to show it to the Husband and see what he thinks.

  2. The WalkyDog is the same thing as the K-9 Bike Jogger – the WalkyDog changed its name. I have two – one for each dog. My husband has one on his bike, and I have one on mine. We have a great time biking with our dogs!

  3. One other thing I meant to say – We have our dogs on the right, so that we are between them and any traffic. I would recommend that, since the dogs are smaller and harder for a driver to see.

  4. Lindsay Stordahl

    I keep Ace on the left because I always bike against traffic. That way he is by the curb. But that’s because I bike in neighborhoods where there are few cars. Usually I’m on the sidewalk.

  5. We love our WalkyDog for our Aussies. Since I am not a runner, it allows them to run and really work off some of that pent up energy they always seem to have. I had another no name brand leash that attached to my back tire and it was so scary because if the dog pulled the slightest bit the back tire would come around on you. The WalkyDog has been a much better investment!

  6. Lindsay Stordahl

    Yikes, that does sound scary. Glad you’re using the WalkyDog with your Aussies. I’m sure they need the exercise! I wish more people would do the same.

  7. I purchased a WalkyDog for my border collie mix, and it was the BEST investment I have ever made for her, and I! It takes alot to wear Shiloa out, and, the WalkyDog does it. I also take her mountain biking with me, but, she’s off lead in the woods. She is a very well trained dog, so, it’s easy to take her out…I would HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone who wants to consider biking with their dog. But, the dog does need to be pretty well trained!

  8. I’m so glad to hear the positive experiences using the WalkyDog! I just wanted to clarify one thing from one of the previous comments. The WalkyDog is not the same thing as the K9 bike jogger. These products are created by two completely separate companies. The WalkyDog has been around for over 7 years. The bike jogger is a knock off product that just came out this year. I can’t speak to the quality of the bike jogger because I haven’t used it before, but I have noticed numerous companies attempting to market this product as the “new WalkyDog” – this is not the case. I can understand how the 2 products could easily be confused because of this.

    Thank you Lindsay for the very thorough review. If anyone has any questions or would like to learn more about the official WalkyDog bike leash, please feel free to contact me.

  9. Thanks for a well researched article… I loved who should and should not use this…

    Im just learning to walk both danes at the same time…lol, but I could see with my sons confidence and ability on a bike (he has skateboarded with them) that this would work for him and one of the girls…

    Im thinking that if you did this with a young, athletic dog that they would grow with it… but you also need the confidence to attempt it… not a job for the learner..

    With the quick release, can this happen in emergencys or because of the dog (running off etc) or only for the rider?

  10. Lindsay Stordahl

    The quick release would not work in an emergency unless the owner actually popped it off. It can’t come off if the dog pulls, either. I suppose if someone was worried, they could always use one of those breakaway collars, but I wouldn’t recommend it because then the collar would just pop off if the dog pulls. I’ve dealt with many strong pullers!

    And yes, it does take some time to teach the dog to get used to biking.

  11. The quick release on the Springer Dog Exerciser (www.springeramerica.com) pops automatically when your dog goes on the other side of a post. You can see how it works in their video at springeramerica.storesecured.com/video

    We prefer the Springer over Walky Dog because the large steel spring on the Springer absorbs most of the tugs that a large dog can create on a run.

  12. Lindsay Stordahl

    That feature would be a good one to have. I don’t see this happening often, but accidents do happen. The WalkyDog absorbs all the tugs as well, which is nice.

  13. I took my GSD out for the first time today on a walkydog…we both loved it! we are lucky to have a large flat country park at the back of our house so dont have to go far & the surface is perfect.
    He took to it like a fish to water – literally I just got on the bike & started pedalling and he just jogged along side….what a fantastic buy…
    I noticed there has been a comment about younger dogs using this – the maker says dogs under 2yrs shouldnt use this product. Dogs esp Large breed dogs are slow maturing & their grow plates and joints are very important and shouldnt be overworked – I wouldnt recommend this for young dogs.

  14. I’m glad you and your German shepherd like the WalkyDog bike leash! That’s great that he picked up on it so quickly. I’ve found that to be the case with some dogs. With others, it takes more time to introduce the bike.

    If young dogs go biking or running, just make sure the pace is kept slow and not to work the dog too long. When in doubt, check with your vet or breeder. Each dog is different.

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  16. in an earlier comment, you mention riding against traffic with your dog. You might want to check with your local bike laws…in California, bikers have to follow the same rules as autos and I believe you can actually get a ticket for riding on the sidewalk or riding against traffic. Not only that, but most drivers dont expect a biker to be coming from the opposite direction…sounds like an accident wiating to happen. I think the idea of keeping your dog to your right is good since it does protect them from traffic. Thanks for the review though, it was great!

  17. Lindsay Stordahl

    Your points are very valid and that is something everyone should consider. I choose to keep my dog on the left in “heel position” because that is where he is used to being when we walk (against traffic). But as for biking, sometimes we are against traffic and sometimes we are with traffic. We live in a very quiet area and only bike where there are very few cars. It would be different if we lived somewhere busier or biked among a lot of cars. I will keep what you said in mind. Thanks.

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  19. You’re right, it can be dangerous if the dog is not kept under control at all times. I am always aware of my dog and never go too fast. I also would be hesitant to bike with a dog larger than my 65-pound mutt.

  20. Amanda Steiner

    I just ordered this from Amazon, and I am very excited to try it out! I would have never known about this if it hadn’t been for this post, so as usual, thanks for the good information! I will have to let you know how it goes- once the weather is consistently warm 🙂

  21. Amanda Steiner

    So I’m back to let you know how the WalkyDog Bike Leash is working out for me and Eli. It’s only been less than a week, but I am really enjoying using it! Before, I was just using a standard 6-foot leash while biking with the dog, which worked fine, but it seemed I was always having to adjust the length of the leash to keep it comfortable for my dog (and me). Now I just hook him up and he stays in the same spot, no adjusting needed. I also think it is easier for him to keep the same pace with this leash. If he pulls, all I feel is a little tug, it doesn’t affect my balance on the bike at all. The only thing I don’t like is that I am unable to give him a correction if needed, but that’s the only thing I don’t like! 🙂

  22. Lindsay Stordahl

    Yep, I agree! I like to be able to give Ace a correction, too. But I do prefer to use the bike leash versus a regular leash, now that it’s been almost a year.

    One thing I do with some of the dogs that are not as well-behaved on the leash as Ace and Eli is to use the bike leash and a regular leash at the same time. That may sound complicated, but it’s safer that way to have the dog in one place and to be able to correct the dog.

  23. I’m using the K-9 jogger and it is a great way to exercise.

    I attached to the left side of the bike in order to keep the dog away from the gears.

    I do worry about her tail getting clipped by the spokes. It has not happened yet but still… anyone else worry about this? I’m thinking some kind of shield might be in order.

  24. Lindsay Stordahl

    I keep my dog on the left side as well because that’s where he’s used to heeling and we are often against traffic so it’s safer for him over there. His tail goes nowhere near the spokes so I’ve never been worried about that.

  25. Please try the our Bike Tow Leash. It solves several of the problems listed earlier.
    1) You and your dog will usually take to it instantly. Direction and speed changes are automatically communicated to the dog making the ride much more enjoyable as well.
    2) It is easy to give your dog corrections by simply steering away from him then back toward him.
    3) There is no worry about larger dogs as the tipping forces are eliminated.

  26. I recently purchased the Bike Tow Leash from The Dog Outdoors and it has been awesome. I have a weekly client that needs her German Shepherd exercised and this was the perfect solution when I realized my running abilities (actually, jogging to be specific) were no match for the energy this dog has. It’s the most expensive option out there, but I believe it’s a great investment, especially for people who own a pet care business.

  27. My dogs will sometimes stop suddenly, because when you gotta go, you gotta go. They give absolutely no warning, not even a hint… So I have always held the leash loosly in my hand. I think I will need to try the Springer, as it has the breakaway feature. I would rather not drag them if they stop suddenly for a poo break, but I really would like to go hands free….

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      My dog does this too. For that reason, I typically hold the leash loosely in my had as you described. I also make sure to give him enough time to “go” before we go for a bike ride.

  28. I’m concerned about purchasing a hands free leash to use for mountain biking. We ride on a lot of single tracks with roots and rocks, so our only option seems to be off lead, because even the walkydog seems dangerous on narrow trails. Does anyone have thoughts on this or tried it? Our leash laws don’t let us keep the dog off lead, and the dog being off lead makes me uncomfortable. My husband doesn’t think the hands free leash will work on our trails, but I was curious.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      In your case, I would prefer to just have the dog on a regular six-foot leash and hold the leash loosely in my left hand while biking. That way I could drop the leash if needed. That is only if your dog is fairly well trained with “heel” while you bike and won’t bolt if you do have to drop the leash. Sounds like that is the case if you have already been having the dog off leash while you bike. The only thing with the hands-free bike leash is just that. You would have your hands free for biking. If you are on rough trails you want to be safe.

  29. i just recently purchased a walkydog bike leash. i have a border collie and he is one energetic guy. walking is too slow for him and he drags me all the way to the park. running works pretty well.. but i can’t go forever like him. so i’m really hoping it’ll be a good investment.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      I hope it works well! Be careful when you are getting used to it. There is a bit of a learning curve for the dog and human. Then it should work great!

  30. Glad I found this post I just ordered the walkydog. Scheduled to arrive tomorrow. Some good tips here reassurance that I bought a quality product.

  31. Could thecWalky leash work on a 3 wheeler bike?? Would u attach it on behind the back basket?? Seems the 3 wheeler would b safer for both man & dog.

  32. Do you think any of these would work well for tandem biking with dogs that are well trained? I have 2 border collies that are used to being leashed with a tandem split and obedience trained. I’m thinking I should be okay but wondering if anybody has experience with it. I just bought a bike so I’m eager to get out and give them some good exercise.

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Probably. I would just start in a quiet area like a big church parking lot and get them used to it. Maybe even just walk the bike with the dogs. Actually, I’d probably try one dog at a time until everyone is comfortable.

  33. For Sara- walkydog would NOT be safe for mountain biking single track trails. I love it for sidewalks in town with my extremely energetic German Shorthair, but when we mountain bike he is off lead. He goes ahead, follows the track… and if it splits waits for me to see which one we are taking. I can’t think of a single, SAFE option to have the dog attached to the bike on single-tracks. Wider trails that are just hard packed dirt but not so “obstacle-y” it might be ok. 🙂

  34. I’ve always loved the idea of biking with my dog, but I don’t think it would be safe for me or the dog. I’m the kind of klutz that crashes into bushes and pedestrian on my bike, and I seriously bike almost every day. You’d think I’d get better! Perhaps if I ever have a dog big enough that I wouldn’t worry about running him over I’ll try it.

    A great trainer I knew gave me some wonderful advice about these bike leashes once. She attaches the bike leash to a harness, but she also keeps a pinch collar and leash on the dog’s neck, which she holds. That way, she can correct her dog if needed, but can give more focus to the road.

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