Just started riding again after 45 year hiatus. Took the Giant for a 2 mile spin and returned home and decided to see if my lab(2 yrs. old) would enjoy running with me. To my surprise he took to it like water, and really kept up well for a 4 mile run. Bottom line, getting back to riding a bike will be good for us both. We both needed more exercise, and riding is a great way to do just that!
Nice my choco Lab does the same, I've only wish I could get her to ride next to me WITH a leash though lol.
My lab does run right next to me with a 6' leash. I do use a gentle leader though, so he has no choice as it gives me control of his head. He also really enjoys the runs with me. Would not want him on a bike next to me, he's still got alot of pup in him.
I never learned to ride a bike. It is my deepest shame.
My chocolate lab (actually more my wife's dog) will run on a 6' leash beside my bike with occaisinal correction from me.
My new dog, Wilfy, a shepherd/golden ret. mix, I almost have trained to run beside me on leash with no corrections.
The main thing is to never forget you have a dog tied to your hand and behave and ride accordingly. I also practice doing quick drop-and-recovers where I drop my end of the leash on his back, then call Wilfie back over and reach down and retrieve the leash... all without stopping. I practice this in case there should ever be a situation where being tethered together is a liability (he goes on the wrong side of a pole, he has to stop for a poo, etc).
I usually ride with him on leash when I am short on time and I want to take him for a run while I run an errand, or to go to the end of my street where the ski trails start so he can run off-leash.
Wilfy occaisionally wanders off to visit neighbors and refuses to come back if there is anything remotely interesting in the neighborhood, and I can get him back if I get on my bike and ride past him and back to my house... he follows me back every time.