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Old 08-13-2014, 03:30 PM
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Ok, so I wanted the opinion of people with dogs on the larger side who bike with them.....SASS!!

I want to start Fergus out biking, I've done it a couple times slowly on grass but I just want to get an idea about how soon is too soon and how far/long is too long with him. So any rule of thumbs?

He's not as big as people think, he's only around 55 lb so not a giant dog by any means and he'll be a year old next month.

Does it make a big difference between if he's "pulling" or running next to the bike?
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:53 PM
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I'd have no issue with a 55lb dog biking at a year age. It wouldn't be 15 mile forced rides a couple times a week, but a nice easy pace for 15-30 min? no problem.
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:15 PM
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Cajun was 14mos when I got her and we started biking right away. We didn't go long distances - and still don't - but I'd agree with RTH.
She's not huge either though, at only 50lbs.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:07 PM
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I'm gonna go ahead and put on my flame retardant suit now, but I started running Squash (albeit together with Maisy, not alone) on soft surfaces in harness in front of the scooter at about 9-10 months. Not for very far, probably only 1/2-3/4 mile at that point and we were all so green that we were pretty slow with a lot of stops and starts. Many mushers start dogs in harness around 6-7 months, although those dogs are on larger teams, paired with experienced dogs and there is more help/less work for any one dog, but OTOH they are pulling a sled.

In theory the bike is less work for the dogs because although I do a lot of kicking on the scooter you are really helping them WAY more on the bike. But OTOH you can often go faster because of that, too, which might translate into more or harder impact depending on how he runs.

I'll say, too, that when Squash was neutered and had his hips x-rayed at about 13ish months, his growth plates were all well and truly closed. For a 90ish pound dog. So I don't know that I necessarily personally agree with the stuff that says wait until 2 years, etc. JMO.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:35 PM
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Thanks for all your impute guys! I'm not one to really be strict about the "TWO YEARS BEFORE THEY DO ANYTHING" but just wanted some opinions.

Mainly, I want to be able to go to the local school that is 2 mile round trip with him. He would be on grass the whole time and would have a break between the first and second mile.

Does that sound pretty reasonable?
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:05 PM
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It seems like you've got your answer, but just my two cents- I've been doing a lot research about biking with dogs because I really want to take my herder mix biking when he's a year old (he's almost 7 months now). I don't really buy into the hard and fast age rule either. When I take Hugo off leash everyday he runs WAY more than I would ever do with him on a bike. I don't think 2 miles round trip would hurt a year old dog. Especially if he was willingly keep up with you without you calling him. I really think watching, knowing and reading your dog is a huge thing. If he's dropping back a lot and showing signs of wanting to stop, then stop and take a break. He'll probably love it. : )
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:13 PM
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Personally, I think 2 miles on grass with a break in the middle is fine.
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:13 PM
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I think that is more than doable.
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Really depends on the breed IMO and when your dog stops growing. Our Breeder said to wait until she's a year to do anything like biking and jogging. (no stairs until 6 months)
We ended up waiting longer with biking and have started about 2 months ago (Zora was 14 mo.) because she had a spurt at 1 year and was awkward. She better be done growing now though. (She's 66.5cm )

Start slow and short distances to help him build muscles first though... A

We also taught Zora the commands "go left" and "go right" before we started biking.
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I started biking with Frag around a year I think, on trails. Short, he picked the pace and got to rest when he wanted to.

Around 2 we started biking a lot longer on pavement.

Patton's almost 10 mos, around 60lbs. I will take him out for one or two SHORT (half a mile or so) rides right before his birthday/the weather gets
Bad, then start trail conditioning him in the late spring around 17 months.

I would feel comfortable doing what you want with Ferguson at his age/size, personally. I just always let the dogs choose the speed.
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