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Old 08-24-2006, 01:47 AM   #1
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Does anyone use riding or cycling or biking to exercise your dog?

I ride daily with my three: 3.5 yo, 10 yo and 11.5 yo

It's great fun and takes less time than walking and is a better quality exercise. My oldest one likes it because he gets to do what the youngest dog does. We don't go as fast or as long, but he happily tells me he is thrilled each time we do it. (He's a verbal boy). He is also in awesome shape and still competes at master's level agility.

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Old 01-17-2007, 05:46 PM   #2
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I do! I bought a bike attachment this summer for my dog too ^.^ Its great fun, and lets me bike without worrying about him pulling the bike over, or getting run over by it. It's called a 'Springer', and its basically a bent pole with a long coil on it with a short line. The coil keeps the dog from pulling the bike over, and depending on where you place it on your bike, it keeps the dog far enough away from the dog that he doesn't interfer with it, and close enough that you don't block the whole path. Its so much easier than having him on a lead (not fun when he pulls the bike over and then gets freaked out by the bike and wont go anymore >.<)

What kind of biking do you do? Like around your town or on trails?
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Old 01-17-2007, 09:39 PM   #3
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Hi I just started to bike and skateboard with Coda. We have a blast.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:13 PM   #4
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My brother bought a springer for his GSD but found that it didn't fit the main stem of his bike (too small diameter). He mounted it instead on the angle bar in front of the pedals which works okay, but he likes to ride off leash now that she is trained.
Most of my riding is on asphalt and bark mulch park trails that are forested. We are lucky as the city where we live had over 40 km of trails that are suitable for riding with a dog. I rarely ride on city streets becasue of this but used to ride in our quiet neighborhood when we lived elsewhere.

I like using the leash only because I can keep Ollie where I can see him without having to crank my head around. When possible (mostly in cooler seasons) when the park is quiter and no enforcement is done, I prefer off leash riding.

Ollie is now slowing down and has a few lipomas (fat lumps) near his armpits which we are watching closely in case they interfere with his movement.
If your dog is less than half your weight, your forward momentum should keep you upright and moving if your dog lunges to the side.

Dorberoo, I used to rollerblade with my daxie mix (this dates me abit). She loved it but didn't know whoa or stop, especially when I needed it most! She did do okay with the bicycle though! Didn't go very far or very fast, but got her exercise!

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Hi Ollies Mom! I want to try and rollerblade with Coda. But first I need to become a lot stonger at it. Coda also can forget her cames some times when she gets really wound up. lol I am not that young anymore so (turning 30 on Sunday) I don't bounce back up as fast after a fall. Thats why I like the skateboard. I can always jump off.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:05 PM   #6
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That's acute picture of your pup. How old is s/he?
My brother had dobies. Wonderful breed! I have heard you have to have a guard dog (terrier type) to protect them from being stolen. It was certainly true of his.
For bicycling it is not recommended that you do continuous execise until their growth plates close-about 18 months for the larger breeds.
My neighbor played disc with his two 6 mo BC and one started limping. The vet told him to quit it until the dogs was older- could have done permanent damage to joints and bones.
He stopped and the dog recovered but man those dogs loved to chase the discs when they were older.

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I was considering rollerblading, but I don't know how yet .

Maybe I'll look into that bike attachment, since I do know how to ride a bike. I need consistent exercise, just like Max - and this will allow us to do more together.
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I bought the bike attachment and love it and so do the dogs. Sometimes if I am lucky I hook up two to go. It gives me and the dogs a day of exercise and fun.
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I take mine horse riding with me but he is a pup still on the lead.

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Coda was around 9 weeks when I took that pic. In a town near me their was some doberman puppies stolen from a breeder. All but one was recovered. I don't have to worry about Coda. My room mate has a lab/pit that thinks shes Coda's mom. no ones coming in the house thats not suppose to be. lol Coda is now 1 year and two months. We are just starting to bike a little at a time. Can't bike right now anyways just had way to much snow fall.
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