9 Do’s and Don’ts for Mountain Biking With a Dog

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3. Do make sure your dog will have plenty of opportunities to hydrate. If there aren’t any streams or bodies of water along your route, you’ll want to carry extra water for your pooch. And don’t forget a collapsible doggie bowl–that is, unless you’ve trained your dog to suck out of a hydration pack straw.

4. Don’t take your dog for a ride in extreme temperatures. This mostly means hot days when a furry, running dog will have a hard time keeping cool, but it also applies to cold and icy conditions as well. Cool days are generally best for taking your dog for a ride.

5. Do check to see if off-leash dogs are allowed in the area where you plan to ride.Some places don’t allow dogs at all, leashed or not, so make sure you know before you go. If you want to know if a specific mountain bike trail allows dogs, check the Q&A section on the Singletracks trail page for that trail.

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