Pup + Motorcycle

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Pup + Motorcycle

Getting the dog trained to ride! 

We all want our furry best friends to accompany us everywhere, but for bikers it seems to simply not be an option. Even if you find a carrier suitable, getting your pup ready for the bike is an extremely important process. Dogs will come with us and put up with a ton because they love us , what you want is for your pup to LOVE and be excited when the bike comes out.

*ALWAYS approach the bike from the left hand side when training your pup. Specifically do a little “freak out” if they go to the right side where the pipes are. I cant stress this enough, the last thing you want is your dog to accidentally hit the pipes on a road trip and you’re in the middle of nowhere while they are suffering burns 

Step 1: The Bike is Home

Introducing your pup to the bike is the most important step.

*DO NOT TURN ON YOUR BIKE THE FIRST FIVE (or so) TIMES.

This is the simple part.

Walk over to your bike and put four or five treats on the seat of the bike. Gently show your pup that there are treats there and let him jump up to eat them off the seat.

Sit on your bike while your pup sniffs around, make it clear the motorcycle is his also.

PRO TIP: If possible feed him his dinner from the seat of the motorcycle a few times that helps speed the process along.

After two or three times of these hang out sessions your dog should start recognizing the bike and run up to it, sniffing on the seat looking for his treats. Once you are at that point you’re ready for step 2.

Step 2: Turn Her On

This part will suck and your pup WILL get scared. It’s no secret they hate the sound.. thats why its super important to turn this around. Riding with other bikers etc you don’t want a biker to roll on the throttle and your pup gets startled and tired to jump while on the back, knocking you both over.

Sit on your bike with your pup on your LEFT SIDE .

The trick here is the SECOND you hit the ignition switch feed your dog a TON of treats. Let the bike idle for about 10/15 seconds, making sure to keep giving him/her treats the ENTIRE time it is running.

This is important because if you don’t do this the second the treats stop the dog will start backing up and trying to run away from the source of the noise and then you are playing tug with a running motorcycle and a scared dog. Not fun.

PRO TIP: Feed your pup many treats not a few big treats. Dogs see a lot of treats as a better reward than a big one.

Thats it for Step 2. The whole thing is about 15 seconds, you walk up to the bike, sit on it, turn it on, feed treats, turn it off, give tons of praise and head home to dinner / playtime. You can increase the time the bike is on as your pup gets acclimated.

Step 3: Throttle Blipping

This deserves its own step because of how important this is. As mentioned before, hard throttling startles people let alone dogs.

Once your dog is starting to get comfortable with the bike turning on etc (I would say the fourth or fifth time) GENTLY roll on the throttle increasing the volume.

The trick to this is to do it super gently — once the dog is acclimated and not getting scared start blipping. Its important to get them used to this — so once your pup is ready REALLY throttle this thing. Pretend the cops just caught you lane splitting and its time to bounce.

You are still giving treats throughout this entire process. Don’t let up on the treats now!!! The whole thing is 15–20 seconds, not a lot of time in general so don’t be stingy.

Step 4: Getting Them Seated

This is one of the easier steps. Keep in mind the positioning required for a dog on a bike is not a very natural one. They are in a seated position pushed up against you for an hour + its hard on them so its important to take your time and give them lots of breaks especially in the beginning.

Make sure when you lift your dog onto the bike you are putting him/her on a very solid foundation so they feel secure.

The first few times you seat them on the bike I wouldn’t turn it on. Let them get used to being on the bike.

PRO TIP: When you are in the house make your pup sit in the carrier and then give him/her dinner in the carrier. Do this for a week or so, the pup will start LOVING the carrier and then when it comes time to put them on the bike they will have the familiarity of the carrier and wont be as afraid.

You only need to practice getting them seated once or twice before turning on the bike.

Turn on the bike with your pup on it (Make sure you are in the seated position so your pup understands this is a group activity) and give them LOTS of treats.

To this day the second my bike sparks up Indiana knows he is getting treats and starts nudging my hand.

Also when riding I give treats at any real stop (red lights etc) This gets the dog excited for stops and makes it seem that the ride is a means to the stop = which in their mind is the treat.

Hope this helps feel free to message me with any questions.

Jason Simons