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Old 12-05-09, 07:15 PM
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Riding with the dog

...the best kind of riding there is and I'm sure he agrees....the dog runs, he still hasn't gotten that balance thing.

Anybody else?

btw, I always let him set the pace and usually works my rear off!
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Old 12-06-09, 02:19 AM
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I ride my skateboard with my dog...he loves it!!! I have not tried the bike because of his strength! On a skateboard I can jump off and run...on a bike??? I dont have that option!
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My 1 year old dog took to it like a duck to water. He always wanted to stay on the right hand side which is obviously good and I can run him either with a retractable leash or off the leash. Many years of fun ahead for both of us!
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I won't run my dogs while riding anymore. With my lab, I found that no matter how tired he was, he was faithful and still ran. And ran. And ran. I realized that when one day when I came to a stop, he just collapsed. He was okay, he just was really really tired. And because he stayed right by me while I rode, I didn't think he was tired...

I'll never do that again.
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Old 12-06-09, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Siu Blue Wind View Post
I'll never do that again.
That's certainly something for everyone to consider for sure.

For us, we ride around our neighborhood and I couldn't imagine going to the point of exhaustion for him. First off, we don't have a big enough area to do the riding in for it to happen.

I could see us getting on a bike path and him behaving that way though. I'll keep an eye on it.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
...the best kind of riding there is and I'm sure he agrees....the dog runs, he still hasn't gotten that balance thing.

Anybody else?

btw, I always let him set the pace and usually works my rear off!
people who ride with their dogs should get a swift kick between the legs.

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I won't run my dogs while riding anymore. With my lab, I found that no matter how tired he was, he was faithful and still ran. And ran. And ran. I realized that when one day when I came to a stop, he just collapsed. He was okay, he just was really really tired. And because he stayed right by me while I rode, I didn't think he was tired...

I'll never do that again.
exactly.
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I don't trust our dogs enough to have them ride beside the bike. All it would take is a squirrel to get them to bolt in a different direction. Yes they'll come back if we call them, however on a bike I'm worried they'll choose to bolt into or infront of the bike. We had one dog that did that.
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I don't trust our dogs enough to have them ride beside the bike. All it would take is a squirrel to get them to bolt in a different direction. Yes they'll come back if we call them, however on a bike I'm worried they'll choose to bolt into or infront of the bike. We had one dog that did that.
he doesn't run beside me and I should add, that we have never finished one of our outings when he didn't want more. And I think I can read this guys condition pretty well. The length one would have to ride to take a dog (except some breeds obviously) to exhaustion would be substantial. I could not imagine doing that to my dog.
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he doesn't run beside me and I should add, that we have never finished one of our outings when he didn't want more. And I think I can read this guys condition pretty well. The length one would have to ride to take a dog (except some breeds obviously) to exhaustion would be substantial. I could not imagine doing that to my dog.
Nothing wrong with a dog riding with a bike in a safe setting. I just happen to have the breed of dog that is too unpredictable. Jacks russells have a very high prey drive, and love to chase anything with legs. As for dogs becoming exhausted during their run, just monitor progress closely. Take breaks and give them lots of water.
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Old 12-06-09, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
Nothing wrong with a dog riding with a bike in a safe setting.
Thanks because I would never consider putting him at risk. Plus I wonder if you all can picture this happening in a fairly rural area free of traffic.
I really didn't think I'd be opening a can or worms with this either as I did.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
..and you're a judgmental arse but we all know that already.

plus, you're just a big talking internet thug, I'm scared.

Did you see my response by chance twit?
thanks, that's all that i needed to read.
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thanks, that's all that i needed to read.
I am removing that post. I apologize.
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Old 12-06-09, 03:24 PM
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Thanks because I would never consider putting him at risk. Plus I wonder if you all can picture this happening in a fairly rural area free of traffic.
I really didn't think I'd be opening a can or worms with this either as I did.
You live in Manitoba, of course it's rural We went back to my wife's hometown, Nipawin, Saskatchewan, this past summer. Our dogs loved running freely on this rarely-used dirt road. They had a blast. If I had a bike along, I definitely would have tried biking with the dogs. You just can't find that sort of thing in Sourthern Ontario. Way too populated.
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Originally Posted by Alfster View Post
Way too populated.
Yep, that is not a problem here. Plenty of room for us free of traffic and people.

I need to change that location though, I'm not in Manitoba, I'm in the states. Many years ago North Dakota (I'm not there either) was thinking about changing its name to simply "Dakota". A newspaper ran a contest on what we could name North Dakota and Manitscolda was one of the entries. I thought it was kinda clever.
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Originally Posted by daredevil View Post
Yep, that is not a problem here. Plenty of room for us free of traffic and people.

I need to change that location though, I'm not in Manitoba, I'm in the states. Many years ago North Dakota (I'm not there either) was thinking about changing its name to simply "Dakota". A newspaper ran a contest on what we could name North Dakota and Manitscolda was one of the entries. I thought it was kinda clever.
Oops. Manitoba is known for its cold winters. I thought you were playing with the spelling. My bad.
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I don't trust our dogs enough to have them ride beside the bike. All it would take is a squirrel to get them to bolt in a different direction. Yes they'll come back if we call them, however on a bike I'm worried they'll choose to bolt into or infront of the bike. We had one dog that did that.
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I have ridden on the beach with the dog unleashed and it's a blast. But I wouldn't consider negotiating a leash and bike simultaneously. I couldn't believe Cesar Millan (the Dog Whisperer, in Season 2) recommended biking with a dog for a client whose dog had separation anxiety. He demonstrated with no special equipment and no helmet. Helmet or not, seems to be a recipe for disaster.
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I can't even go running with my dog, he has nearly tripped me a few times shying away from loud trucks, trying to get close to other dogs blah blah blah and just doesn't listen to me. The idea of riding a bike while trying to keep him from tearing off after a skunk/cat/bird/whatever is amusing.
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The least known and most extreme sport is beagle chasing. At a safe distance, he, she will turn around and literally laugh at you. The beagle is faster than you, smarter than you and just plain happier when being chased by you than you.
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I've done this a ton of times with no incidents whatsoever. I understand all the risks you folks mention like exhaustion and him running into me, but it ain't gonna happen and my dog is among the happiest, most fit dogs in the neighborhood. Say what you want but he has it made!

His sister on the other hand is too small and flighty and I would never even consider taking her.
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I take my dog on rides every couple of days. He has done this ever since he was a pup. We don't run the whole time our average pace is around 6 mph. When he wants to run we run...I have clocked him at 20. We went to the grocery store yesterday I just hook his leash up with the bike and he waits. He is very well behaved and doesn't pay attention to other dogs or animals. If he does look like he is going to chase I just nip it in the bud with a quick command.I don't even hold the leash, it just hangs over my bar. If I ask him if he wants to go for a ride or even say the word bike he gets all happy and follows me as I get ready. I think it is a great outlet for you and your dog...go for it and have fun. Dogs need exercise too, just don't push him. You will learn to read one another after enough riding.
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I take my dog on rides every couple of days. He has done this ever since he was a pup. We don't run the whole time our average pace is around 6 mph. When he wants to run we run...I have clocked him at 20.
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I know I'm late in joining this post but I just wanted to add that me and 3 of my 4 dogs LOVE biking together. All I have to do is open the basement door where the bike and harnesses are kept and they go crazy. I take them out one at a time and each dog that gets left behind, despite being worn out from their own ride whines and cries to go again. I've learned a lot about my dogs spending so much one on one time with them. I have to say that there's nothing better to bond with your dog(s).

My dream is to one day bike across the country with one of my dogs.

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I considered training my beta (beta, not gamma) dog to ride and then towing the alpha dog in a trailer. But too much work. I did almost seriously consider letting them run along side me for a section where I had dog problems. Aside from these empty thoughts I'd never consider it. For a ride worth my time there is no way they could keep up, ever. And that included when they were fit and left me far behind when they bolted to chase a coyote (they did at least 3, more like 4 times the distance I did on foot, including getting under 2 fenses for them). I'm the only guy in my neighborhood that worries about finding coyote guts everywhere instead of pets disappearing.

I could see it for trails, real dirt trails especially if the dirt is NOT hard packed. Then both dog and rider could have a good time.
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