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Old 05-08-05, 04:22 PM
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Biking with a dog...?

I took my new Epic to the park and did two short loops with my leashed dog trotting beside me.
Has anyone else done this. Any tips? She did pretty well and seemed to enjoy the quicker pace.
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I remember seeing in some magazine a metal thing that connected to your seat post that looped out to your right and you would attach a short leash to the end and your dog would be connected to you.

Ive never done this, my dogs are small pugs so they could never keep up, its easier to walk them.

Id say just make sure he/she stays more to your side than behind you, you dont want he/she getting in front or behind you and getting caught on something, and probably make sure he/she has water..

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Originally Posted by Mr. Shadow
I took my new Epic to the park and did two short loops with my leashed dog trotting beside me.
Has anyone else done this. Any tips? She did pretty well and seemed to enjoy the quicker pace.
Train the dog to follow you and follow voice commands. Than no leash is necessary.

The nice thing about being out in the woods is that people really don't care that much.

I shall no prepare for the flack I'll get from uptite people who don't believe that you can train an animal to behave properly. And the nutcases who believe the presence of dogs will somehow harm ungulate populations when deer are rampant in subarbs with countless dogs and cars. And of course, the paranoid freaks who find encountering unteathered animals in natural settings apostasy. And of course the hypocrital equines who somehow think that they can really control a 1000# beast simply by attaching a bridle to it.
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Last year i was out riding on the trails and some guy with a dog wanted to come along and join with us.. The dog got in my way a lot, and i couldve easilly killed the thing at least 10 times... it was mostly tight singletrack stuff, but i would imagine on a wider trail, dogs might not be that bad...
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Old 05-08-05, 06:41 PM
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in germany many people walk their dogs with their bikes .its more fun for both .
if you should let him go in the woods really depends .i personally wouldn't do it .you never know what kind of crap is laying around ,and some dogs are just hard to hold back from a deer even with the proper training.
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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....
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well he is just talking about "walking "the dog on a bike ,nothing wrong with that .
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That's what "neighborhood's" were invented for, and for competing with the Jones' of course...
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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
Train the dog to follow you and follow voice commands. Than no leash is necessary.

I shall no prepare for the flack I'll get from uptite people who don't believe that you can train an animal to behave properly. And the nutcases who believe the presence of dogs will somehow harm ungulate populations when deer are rampant in subarbs with countless dogs and cars. And of course, the paranoid freaks who find encountering unteathered animals in natural settings apostasy. And of course the hypocrital equines who somehow think that they can really control a 1000# beast simply by attaching a bridle to it.

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I ride fixed with one hand on the bars and other holding the leash.
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are you saying you should not walk a dog in the woods?
as long as you stay on trails where you can focus on the dog and not where you ride or step there is no problem with that.
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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....

Hmmm, I don't mind meeting a dog on the trail. Whats the big deal?!?! It's just a dog.
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Originally Posted by willtsmith_nwi
Train the dog to follow you and follow voice commands. Than no leash is necessary.

The nice thing about being out in the woods is that people really don't care that much.

I shall no prepare for the flack I'll get from uptite people who don't believe that you can train an animal to behave properly. And the nutcases who believe the presence of dogs will somehow harm ungulate populations when deer are rampant in subarbs with countless dogs and cars. And of course, the paranoid freaks who find encountering unteathered animals in natural settings apostasy. And of course the hypocrital equines who somehow think that they can really control a 1000# beast simply by attaching a bridle to it.
Thank goodness for spell check, huh?
You're right Gazoo, what's wrong with coming face 2 face with someone walking their 6 RotinHellweiller's, who are eager & willing to protect their loyal Master....
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We will only do this on wide natural rail trails. They are 8-10' wide and have a fine crushed gravel surface. We are not going to go more than about 6 mph.
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Originally Posted by BoBo
Ive never done this, my dogs are small pugs so they could never keep up, its easier to walk them.
my ex-girlfriend had two pugs she would take on the trail with us. the young hyper one (who was also the dumbest dog i've ever met) would run all day and had no trouble keeping up with us; he loved it. the older one that wouldn't take a crap if it was raining out would run for about half a mile and then literally turn around and wait for us at the trailhead near the car. pugs are weird dogs.
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im always afraid of hurting dogs when i ride near them. I wouldnt want the beast to get its snout caught in the spokes or something. Try to bite the tire
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Originally Posted by Killer B
Thank goodness for spell check, huh?
You're right Gazoo, what's wrong with coming face 2 face with someone walking their 6 RotinHellweiller's, who are eager & willing to protect their loyal Master....
oh geez ... yes, there are always "extremes" to every theoretical possibility. ahem, cat luv'r?

My 20lb Shiba Inu is otherwise in heaven in the woods. I was going to take her with me on a ride in the upcoming weeks; won't worry about running into any killer b's.
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DirtRag had a great article on riding with a dog. A must-see for all dog owning riders.
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Old 05-08-05, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Killer B
Thank goodness for spell check, huh?
You're right Gazoo, what's wrong with coming face 2 face with someone walking their 6 RotinHellweiller's, who are eager & willing to protect their loyal Master....
What's wrong with encountering 5 hell spawn children throwing sticks into your wheels and rocks at your head.

It's all a matter of effect. One should not legislate to bad examples, but rather a sensible medium. Everyone is expected to behave on the trail, even you. Hold people to these standards and everything gets better. The alternative is to impose impractical and unenforceable bans that will simply be ignored.

Some places handle this with "dogs under voice command". That is, if you can't control your dog with commands, you shouldn't have him off leash. How do you tell, well the badly behaved dogs and people are the one's causing the problem.
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I was out in the desert with my dog the other day letting her run around and she saw some wild donkeys and was gone. Its pretty funny and the donkeys were scared to death and took off. She came back about 15 min later begging for water.
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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.
Thanx very much for the link!
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Originally Posted by Killer B
That's what "neighborhood's" were invented for, and for competing with the Jones' of course...
Yes, dogs are apparently a completely foreign intrusion onto nature. Just like mountain bikes. So lets ban them.

Face reality, you have an unhealthy fear of dogs. The early pioneers specifically paved large wooded areas specifically for walking their dogs ... right ???
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Get her a bike of her own;
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Recall...we were doing our California central coast tour...Passing through the town of Santa Maria( Santa Barbara county) some older guy on a hybrid bike...Has attached a milk crate to his rear rack...His dog was within the crate and both out enjoying the morning ride... my question, do they make dog helmets...?
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Ive seen the little crate in back, theres a guy around my neighborhood who rides every morning with his tiny little dog. THe things smaller then my cat!
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