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I am planning on buying a bike attatchment to run my dogs with and I have a few questions.
My ten month old is super active and I would like to know if anyone has ideas about how far I should take her with the bike? I am a bit nervous as I don't want to over work her, but she'd adore going with the bike, I tested her out off leash around our yard and she loved it, I'm too afraid to try it with just a leash as she has a tendancy to just like freeze when we see another dog and I don't want her to do it while we're on the bike, as I don't want her to get hurt.
 

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Maybe you should try just walking her next to the bike and not riding it at first, whilst training her to behave (running at a heel)? I think its pretty important to teach her not to cross over in front or behind you, and not to bolt off in some direction before you ever start riding with her.

I think youre lucky, though! Biking with a dog sounds so fun, but my little papillon would probably end up getting dragged!! XD
 

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I tried her with just the leash and it was a nightmare lol. The attatchment would keep her in a heel position, and she can't really jerk against it too hard, with some work I think it would be just fine.
She has a tendency to want to lean into the leash on the bike, and with my hand n the handle bars it makes the whole bike tilt towards her, which spooks her. Offleash in our yard she's great, but I wouldn't want to try her around other dogs, or around cars.
 

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I use the walky dog with Allie. I tried to teach her to run next to the bike and pay attention to it but she kept coming in towards the bike. Lloyd does great with me just holding his leash though. He stays in position and keeps an eye on where they bike is. The walky dog attachment keeps Allie so she can't run into the bike. I still trained her by walking the bike and holding her leash to teach her not to run after things when with the bike.
 

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I tried Kali with the bike again and she did pretty well, I think I could work with her on the not bolting after stuff thing, or in her case freezing when she sees a dog. She managed to go past a barking dog this time without such a fuss, though the fourwheeler on the side of the road bothered her more.
 

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after some experimenting I figured out a reasonable pace for me on the bike is like a...slow trot for Kali. She's got super long legs so it's like no problem for her.
 

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I bike with my dog and I use two collars and two leshes. One goes to a homemade attachment on the frame by the rear wheel and one to the handle bars. The one to the rear wheel wont let Rufus in front of the bike. The one to the handle bars let me control him if he goes behind the bike. There are a lot of loose dogs on my block and if they come up behind Rufus I can't see what is going on. Rufus isn't trainned enough to ignore them if the run right up barking. He does ok if there is a leashed dog that is some what under control even if they lunge and bark.

I go slow and Rufus kind of does that dog trot thing it's mostly just to get him some exercise before I go to work and it's pretty quick.

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I'm a new member here on the forum. I realize this is an old thread, but I felt compelled to reply. I'm a dog owner (25 lb cockapoo, yeah, a big one) AND an avid cyclist (both on and off-road). No matter how well behaved my dog was, knowing and seeing what I've seen happen on a bicycle I would never attempt to ride with my dog attached to me or my bicycle. You can never control the stimuli your dog will be presented with, and the chances of you being pulled off your bike, falling on your dog or your dog interfering (and endangering others) is always present. I've fallen off my bike on the trail many times, and a couple of times on the road. It always hurts, there is never anything ok about it. If you fall on pavement your skin gets peeled and your spine get's a nice jolt. This is all assuming you are wearing a helmet and haven't hit your head. That's a whole different category of hurt.

On the semi-remote chance that your dog causes someone else to be injured, or that you hurt your dog, what are you going to do say "oops, I'm really sorry!!!".

That just won't do.
 

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Bikejoring is an extremely popular spring/fall sport. and I have never heard of any major problems with dogs trained to bikejor like mine.

I think TRAINING is the key here. and being a responsible owner understanding your dog's limits and power.
 

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I agree that training is key.

We have recently started rollerblading with Libby. She LOVES it, and I find that she is more focused when she is moving quickly, compared to just walking. She is also very aware of where our rollerbladed feet are. Eventually I want to try biking with her, but I want to get the "turning" and "stopping" commands down a bit better, as well as eradicating her tendency to be a little too interested in rabbits :rolleyes:

I have never seen those bike attachments in any pet stores around here.
 

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I had to order mine online. The bike attachment makes it less likely to get pulled down by the dog as it has springs in it that absorb the shock of the dog pulling on the bike. I still use mine with Allie, she just doesn't seem to get not moving in towards the bike.
 
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