Install:

  1. Take the Velcro strap off The Pedal Pooch (it will be wrapped around top of pole below the welded O-ring when you first take it out of the package) and wrap it around the pole that is directly under the seat of your bike, in a counter-clockwise direction. Wrap it tightly and evenly at least two times. Leave the Velcro strap on the bike. (You will skip step 2 after your dog has been trained).
  2. The first couple of times you use The Pedal Pooch with your dog you should attach it to your dog's harness without it being attached to the bike. Walk your dog for a minute or two, until he/she gets used to having The Pedal Pooch attached without the distraction of the bike. Unhook your dog from The Pedal Pooch before installing it on the bike.
  3. Unwrap the Velcro strap about 3 to 4 inches (this length is the more secure, for easier release use about 2 inches) and install the silver o-ring from The Pedal Pooch. Wrap the ring tightly in the Velcro strap. Clip The Pedal Pooch to your dog's harness (not his/her collar). Get on your bike and make sure your leg is in front of the Pedal Pooch.

Use:

  1. The first couple of times you use the The Pedal Pooch make sure you are in an area that has little-to-no traffic and few distractions. A path in an un-crowded park is a perfect place to train your dog.
  2. Your dog will feed off your energy. Remain calm and assertive and communicate with your dog at all times. At first your dog will not be sure of which direction to pull, but after you start going forward they will start to realize they are running and will become focused. If you are not real comfortable on a bike, you might want to have an experienced cyclist try it with your dog the first time. You may find your dog will learn it faster than you do.
  3. If your dog starts to go too fast, slowly apply your brakes while firmly commanding "Whoa" or "No" (as they sound alike to a dog). You can also put your leg out, pushing The Pedal Pooch backwards. This will create a tug on the leash, while creating resistance from the brakes, at the same time they hear the command to slow down.
  4. Before turning corners repeat the commands "Left" or "Right" several times to get them to learn which way to turn.
  5. Don't Get Discouraged! Most dogs will not pick up on what fun it is right away. They may have a tendency to get behind the bike or to go too fast. But after they run straight for about a block they will start to burn off that nervous energy and become focused on the run and the bike. Don't forget to praise them often keep calm and don't yell.

Caution: Although using the Pedal Pooch is much safer than using a common leash or rope to run your dog along side of your bike, that DOES NOT MEAN THERE IS NO RISK. This is not a toy. Keep away from young children.

Always wear a helmet and safety gear when riding a bicycle. The risk of injury is greater when using this or any other device to leash your dog to a bicycle. Manufacturer is not responsible for injury while using product.

Use at your own risk. May not work for all dogs or riders. Recommended for medium to large dogs and dogs with medium-to-high energy.
Always use a harness to attach your dog to The Pedal Pooch. Not only is it safer for your dog, but The Pedal Pooch is designed at a length that is optimal with a harness. Even though experienced riders have had success with a collar, the dog may find he/she has enough slack to get behind the bike and even change sides. This is more difficult when the dog is wearing a harness.