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Old 05-09-05, 11:07 AM
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There are wild donkeys? That's crazy...

There is a guy in my town (20,000 people, so not some little podunk town) who has trained his dog to ride alongside him while he rides around town. It's quite impressive - the dogs never gets more than a couple feet away. And is in amazing shape.

And Re: equestrians...horses can be unpredictable animals, but they have fair access to the trails just as much as you do. As a rider, it can be pretty freaky to have a biker or fourwheeler come barreling up behind you without any respect for what may frighten your horse. Just use common sense - if it looks like the horse may be freaking out, slow down, or get off and let them by.

We all need respect for each other, and we all need to take responsibility for our own critters, and ourselves.

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Old 05-09-05, 01:00 PM
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on the subject of a dog running off and chasing stuff, its really just the same as when you're walking the dog isn't it, because just becasue you're on foot doesn't mean it's sort of attached to you or anything.
And surely riding with a leash attached to your bike is dangerous? becasue it could tug you off or something?
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Old 05-09-05, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by hebrew_rider
DirtRag had a great article on riding with a dog. A must-see for all dog owning riders.
Thanks. We just walked a bike trail today. (By the way, hikers and their dogs have right-of-way.)
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Old 05-09-05, 02:02 PM
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My friends dog follows him every where when he's on his bike, it even carries its lead in its mouth.
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Old 05-09-05, 02:08 PM
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The area I ride is mostly deserted. It's open space with very little access. On the weekdays I won't see anyone. On the weekends I might come across three or four people on a two hour ride. My dog is extrememly well behaved and very friendly. She don't need no stinkin' leash. She mainly sticks to the trail but will venture into the sticks if she finds something interesting. SHe kicks my butt on the way up, vice-versa on the way down. She's less interested in other forms of life (wild or otherwise) when I'm on the bike because we're moving faster. When I'm on foot she gets bored and runs all over the place.

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Old 05-10-05, 04:27 PM
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This thread inspired me to take my own dog out riding with me within the city. Kept her on a short leash so she learns not to go too far from me, and started to train her with new commands. Granted we went slow and around the block only twice, but the second time around she ran perfectly with me, and when I sped up a bit, she sped up with me. And the best part of all, she absolutely loved it! She enjoyed it much more then her walks she goes on. That and even I enjoyed it more then the walks I take her on! I think it's the pace, I'm not a runner/jogger whatever, just dislike doing it, so she has to stay at my walking pace, where as she was able to go at a slow trot.

Thanks for the idea.
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Old 05-10-05, 04:45 PM
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I grew up with a few dalmations in the family. I would go jogging with one and it behaved well. Until I get my own house, no dogs. I remember seeing pix (Bike Magazine's photo annual) of masters riding a trail with their dog along side. I was jealous. Having raised dogs, I know that it takes a well trained dog for trails. I just hope I get luck and find a smart dog.

The only thing I hate is when the owners don't pick the feces up off the trails.
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Old 05-10-05, 07:49 PM
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My dog has good hunting instincts, so she finds a place well off the trail to lay her load.
I have a pretty good idea from her body language when it's time for her to go.
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Old 05-10-05, 09:10 PM
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I don't understand the picking up the feces in the wilderness thing....

How is putting it in a plastic bag that will take forever to degrade in a landfill anymore ecologically sensible than leaving it to decompose naturally?!?!?
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Old 05-10-05, 09:12 PM
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It's more like pick it up if it's on the trail so nobody steps in it or anything I would imagine.
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Old 05-10-05, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Cook_1
This thread inspired me to take my own dog out riding with me within the city. Kept her on a short leash so she learns not to go too far from me, and started to train her with new commands. Granted we went slow and around the block only twice, but the second time around she ran perfectly with me, and when I sped up a bit, she sped up with me. And the best part of all, she absolutely loved it! She enjoyed it much more then her walks she goes on. That and even I enjoyed it more then the walks I take her on! I think it's the pace, I'm not a runner/jogger whatever, just dislike doing it, so she has to stay at my walking pace, where as she was able to go at a slow trot.

Thanks for the idea.
To those considering riding trails with your dog ... Make sure that YOU know the trail very well. You should also WALK your dog on those trails more than once. The dog will learn a scent route and will learn where they are supposed to go.

The first time off leash on the trail should be with the bike. The other guy is right that the dog will have a "chaser" and will be less interested in running off and chasing after some scent. Choose a time early in the morning to do your training.

Personally, my pooch has learned the trails so well that he dives into the brush and comes out ahead of me on the other side of many turns. When I ride 10 miles, he probably only does 8.
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Old 05-10-05, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Gazoo
I don't understand the picking up the feces in the wilderness thing....

How is putting it in a plastic bag that will take forever to degrade in a landfill anymore ecologically sensible than leaving it to decompose naturally?!?!?
In theory, dog food has more preservatives so it take longer to "degrade". I think this is utter crap (no pun intended). The rain washes the stuff out and the plants feed on it just like any other $hit.

There is the issue of "predatory scents". But I think that's a load of manure as well. Because HUMAN BEINGS are predators. We leave all kinds of scents around. Deer will go where the food is. It doesn't matter how many dogs, humans, cars or whatever is in the way. When there are deer in your surburban backyard, it's pretty obvious that they get used to it.
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Old 05-10-05, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Killer B
Why do people do this is beyond me..... Leave the pooch @ home is my opinion.... Nobody I know of, enjoy's meeting a dog on the trail. They're usually just in the way, or barking at everyone or fighting other dogs....
Are you kidding me! I can just as easily generalize that everone I know loves dogs and wouldn't think of riding a bike without one. Generalizing doesn't make my opinion valid and it does make yours valid. If a dog is barking, getting in the way, or fighting with other dogs, the OWNER is at fault not the dog.

The very best place for dogs are on the trail/in the woods. Neighborhoods are where people and dogs conflict and dog attacks occur. Not the trail.
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Old 05-10-05, 10:18 PM
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When my lab was still alive. I biked with her. but only on paved areas. No leash, she did perfect. ONly a couple times did she stray away and that was when someone she knew was calling her.
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Dogs love to be out and about, specially on the trails. With a bit of training and some time spent with the dog, it really wouldn't be an issue.
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Old 05-11-05, 12:27 AM
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I take the mutt with me all the time. Since I've started biking she is learning fast. She will run ahead when the pace allows, then when she hears me approaching she'll step off the trail and then follows after I've passed. She's smart and has a healthy, albeit unwarranted fear of being run over.

She's completely friendly and I am sensitive to and sympathetic for persons who have a general fear of dogs. I can usually see it in their eyes as she is approaching them whether they are friend or foe. I would hate to deny anyone of the superb experience of meeting her, but if I detect fear I will call her back immediately.

She never voids her bowels on the trail and I never pick it up if we're in the toolies.

I've also gone with her on leash on a few occasions and you just have to compensate for the little pull when she gets to the end of the leader.

It warms my heart to see so many others that bike with their canines.

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Old 05-15-05, 04:01 PM
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as long as you pick up what your dog dropped.
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Old 05-15-05, 04:08 PM
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I've seen a program on television and somehwere in Europe they have races where people mountain bike with their dogs on tight singletrack... I can't really rememver the show or where the races were though. Just shows that it can be done.
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Old 05-15-05, 04:11 PM
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That reminds, I saw some plank cycling along a busy main road with cars, with his dog all over the shop... good way to kill yourself and your dog!!
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Tried it once, and never again. Didnt get 100m before the damm mutt put itself under my front wheel! Bull Terriers, an entire breed sharing a limited supply of neurons.
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