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Old 04-16-2008, 12:16 PM
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Any bikers out there who bike there dogs..... I am wanting to learn some tricks of the trade......
do you guys use a springer,,,leash,,,,or other device......

what type of collar...... harness.......
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:30 PM
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I don't bike, but OC has Sibes and has posted before about the awesome things she does with them. Here is one of the informative threads I like so much I added it to my favorites... even though I don't have a husky and don't plan on sledding lol
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:34 PM
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I bikejor with my dogs... That's where they run in front of the bike, in X-back harnesses, and pull me.
Is that what you are looking for, or are you more interested in equipment like the walky-dog or the springer?

What exactly are you looking for and what would like like to know?
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:25 PM
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I bike with my dogs. They run along the side of the bike not out in front. I find it much easier, especially with Bandit who thinks pulling you on a bike is unfair and stupid. Spanky loves to pull, but I prefer them on the side of the bike. I've done the out in front pulling style but I don't like it.

I didn't really do any of the suggested steps when I started. I geared up and off we went. I've had to work my way up to taking my two dogs at once due to them feeling like they are racing when we are biking. It's fun when I take my two boys. They love it.

As far as gear goes I wouldn't suggest running without a harness if you want the dog to pull. Even if you don't expect the dog to pull I'd still put one on. Bandit never pulls but he still wears his. It obviously isn't the wisest choice. If you want to do bikejoring the x back harnesses seem to be the wisest choice.

Before you set off at full speed on rocky terrain and flying over a cliff here are a few things to think about:
Does my dog know the command leave it?
Does my dog understand how to slow down?
Is my dog comfortable around a bike?
Is my dog comfortable wearing a harness?

Hope that was even some what helpful. I bike with my dogs several times a day (Bandit goes out twice, Spanky 3-4). If you have a dog who's a die hard runner they will more than likely enjoy it. It's been a savior for my boys and I. I don't think I'd be sane if I hadn't of started biking with them.

I found this to also be an amazing step by step guide to help you get started. (Hope I'm aloud to link it. If not, sorry Pit Bull Forum!)
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=37081

ps - the dogs knowing the commands left, right, and stop really helps.
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:10 PM
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I think my dogs would rather be in front my my neighborhood where I ride I think it would be safer to have them at the side..... and going to do just one dog at a time for now...... our neighborhood is very low keyed....so theres not alot of traffic...... We live at the beach in Oregon and we hike the beach alot..... but I would like to get them running more..... Still working on the treadmill thing but one dog is good the other simply thinks its boring..... i wanted to train them on the tread mill for those days when you just dont want to be wet.......



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Old 04-16-2008, 07:13 PM
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I am still bike training Duke and use a head halter on him to ensure maximum control at all times, it allows him to pant as well but adjust the clasp a little loose just so he has extra opening mouth room.

When I first started training him to ride with me he was all over the place and occasionally would attack the front wheel.

To start I just walked next to the bike with him and clicked and praised for walking calmly, biting at the bike was corrected verbally and clicks and treats were given for ignoring the bike.

I then started riding very slowly same deal as before clicking and treating ( i usually had to either stop or ride very slow to do this or he wouldnt be able to catch the treat.)

Next I started practicing sit, SLOOOOOOOOW, emergancy drop ( i use drop over down as i practice drop without saying stay so that the command means get down and stay down until i say so where as down i usually accompany with a stay), leave it, turn, move over, fast and hike for the beginning of our ride.

This is an on going process and IMO should be continued until you get 100% response except in tricky situations ( off leash dog runs up to you etc).

Lastly one thing about building staminia. Don't push your dog to far too fast. Duke recieves regular long walks in the total of around 1 and a half hours a day but when i first started riding with him we would only go about 10 mins straight then start walking let him catch breath and keep going. Even now I wont push him past 30 mins as its a different type of activity that hes not used to.

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dog extreme sports... thats interesting... ;-)
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