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Old 02-16-12, 10:41 PM   #1
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Is there a safe way to run your dog on a leash while biking?

And is this the proper place to ask this question? I figured it was because there are so many pet threads.
Anyway, we recently acquired a pit bull named Mabel. I have taken Mabel running up and down the road while riding my mtb and holding her leash with one hand. I know that this is an accident waiting to happen. She loves it. I won't run her unrestrained. Any suggestions on how to safely do this?
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Old 02-16-12, 10:49 PM   #2
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Keep the leash short enough so she can't run in front of your front tire.
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Old 02-16-12, 10:50 PM   #3
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You are right, it is an accident waiting to happen. One good jerk and down you go on top of Mabel at that.
I would suggest buying a frisbee and taking her to the park instead.
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Old 02-16-12, 11:25 PM   #4
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There are a lot of bike attachments for this. WalkyDog and Springer are two of them. I used to run Bouveirs on Springers years ago and they worked well.
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Thanks. I didn't know these products exist.
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The answer to the orignal question is NO!. Take the mutt to an off leash park or area and let her run by herself. I saw some pretty ugly injuries to both halves of "the running the dog as I rode my bike" trick when I was working.
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The answer to the orignal question is NO!. Take the mutt to an off leash park or area and let her run by herself. I saw some pretty ugly injuries to both halves of "the running the dog as I rode my bike" trick when I was working.
There's no place I can safely let her run by herself. For one thing, I don't believe in letting a dog run loose. Around here she could get hit by a truck, shot by a neighbor, get into a rotting carcass, or disturb livestock.

You think it is unsafe even with one of these devices?
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Combine something like that with a trike. Then maybe.

I used to take my MTB to the beach, riding along the surf. But that was off leash. Still a ton of fun though and wore the dog out in a hurry.
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Just think about what would happen if a paw got caught in the chain/crank.

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