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Old 04-11-2013, 08:39 PM
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Tyler just bought me a fancy mountain bike and when I am not practicing going though the trails I wanted to start biking with Teagan, but I have never been biking with Teagan and I am slightly nervous about running her over or something lol

In the beginning how to you teach your dog to run beside you? any other pointers??
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:00 PM
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Start slow on a soft surface; like dirt.

Does she try to switch sides when you're walking?
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:06 PM
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Start slow on a soft surface; like dirt.

Does she try to switch sides when you're walking?
Not really, she is pretty good with sticking with one side, most of the time.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:11 PM
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Not really, she is pretty good with sticking with one side, most of the time.
She might be okay; I've found using a shorter leash helps, because they can't get out ahead of the bike. Elsie's never run into the bike at all.

Zobby's tried to run under the bike and gotten thumped, which was scary; he was darting after a cat.

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Old 04-11-2013, 09:14 PM
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I started with just short distances (a few blocks). Pirate actually got yelled at a lot when I started with him, because he wanted to jump up and grab my clothing, but fortunately, we got through that part.

Other than that, I found that my 2 got the idea of running beside the bike really quickly, and I didn't need to do much more training.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:27 PM
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Training Charlotte was very easy. She was a natural at it. We tied her to the bike and after about 15 minutes of starting slow on a non-busy back street, she caught on.

Ma'ii was a massive pain in the ass when we first started with him. We initially tried training him the same way we trained Charlotte, but I think the issue was he was given to much slack and thus too much freedom. We bought one of those biking apparatus things and he caught on MUCH quicker once he was under tighter control.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:33 PM
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I started out at a slow pace and keeping the leash short. Juno doesn't cross sides when we're walking, so that wasn't an issue with us, I'd suspect it should be the same with Teagan then.

The part that scared me the most was turning, honestly I don't think I'll ever get over my paranoia that something is going to get jacked up while I'm turning lol. Left turns especially, since I keep her on my left side. I slow waaaayyyy down and make sure to get her attention before I make a turn.

Basically though it was easy for us to get started. Never had an issue, I just worry
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I use a walks dog! And started slow. http://www.thedogoutdoors.com/walkyd...ike-leash.html
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I use a walks dog! And started slow. http://www.thedogoutdoors.com/walkyd...ike-leash.html
This is what we use for Ma'ii, and probably always will!
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Old 04-12-2013, 03:59 AM
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To teach your dog how to run next to a bike, start slowly. Your dog needs to know that it must stay on the right side of the bike and must not change sides or stop. Your dog must also maintain a healthy distance from the wheels. Lead your dog up to the right side of the bike and change sides so that the bike is in between you and your dog. I recommend the first “real” bike ride with your dog to take place after you’ve already taken her on a walk. You don’t want her to get too excited and take off at top speed.
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