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Old 08-16-2006, 03:23 PM
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Me and Gunnar love to go biking. This spring I purchased a bike and an attachment for Gunnar. It is the best investment I have bought! I can easily bike 4-6 miles in about 30-45 minutes and he is dog tired at the end but I'm still doing ok! I could never walk those kinds of distances on a daily basis.

I highly encourage anyone with a active dog to try it out. Best energy drainer ever!
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:25 PM
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How do you keep the dog on the bike? Are they like, tied?

I love to ride my bike, and I have an extremely high energy dog who I've been trying to walk 30 minutes a day.

What if they pull? The minute my dod sees another dog he goes insane...

So basically, how does it work?
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:31 PM
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I do! I do! And it's a lot of fun.

I used to just sling the leash over my wrist, but eventually bought the Walky-Dog bike attachment:
http://walkydogusa.com/

I'm familiar with the Springer bike attachment from a friend in Germany who has two on her bike for her rotties, but have found the Walkydog is more convenient for me because it's easier to remove.

It absorbs any pulling really well and can be adjusted depending on how much a dog pulls.
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:38 PM
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I wonder if you could get those for smaller dogs.... about 25-30 pounds...
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:49 PM
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I dont bike, but if Binn saw another dog while biking, Im sure I'd be dragged in the other direction
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:51 PM
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Having been and avid cyclist for many decades and having ridden a couple of hundred thousand miles on bikes , I would think that the safety of using a device like this would depend on three things.
1. The ability of the cyclist to control their bike i.e. ride in a perfectly straight line.
2. The behavior of the dog to stay in a good position relative to the bike when cycling and not darting either away or toward the cyclist when it sees something that attracts or startles it. The worst scenario would be the dog winding up in the spokes or in front of the front wheel which could cause a very serious injury to both cyclist and dog.
3. The area where you are going to do this such as a quiet residential street, or bike path in a park as opposed to a city street with lots of traffic or a mountain bike path.

In looking at both units, to me , the Springer looks like a much safer unit for both dog and cyclist.
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:51 PM
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I use an attachment like Mordy's except it attaches to the back wheel.

To start out with I would hook his harness up to the attachment and then also use our gentle leader with a leash attached as Gunnar liked lunge at other dogs in the beginning as well. Now I use the attachment and his regular buckle collar with a leash just in case something goes wrong with the attachment, I still have a hold of him.

When we would intially see another dog I would just speed up, he had to worry about keeping pace with me which helped him learn to ignore other dogs while we were riding, he does exceptionally well now, could care less about other dogs, he's just busy moving forward!

Gunnar weighs 84 lbs and he has never, even in the beginning, managed to pull me over on my bike.

Keep in mind if you do decide to bike with your dog you need to build up their pads slowly, can't go for two miles the first day, just a few blocks and then a few more. It is also best to not ride after the pavement is wet, can cause the pads to become soft and they are more likely to injure them. I also highly encourage you to get a reflective harness or "jacket" so your dog is more visable.

We have so much fun, on occasion he will wear his backpack too and will help me bring home some light groceries. It really seems to give him a job to do when we are riding.
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I wonder if you could get those for smaller dogs.... about 25-30 pounds...

My dog only weighs 28 pounds. He's 17 inches at the shoulder.
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Keep in mind if you do decide to bike with your dog you need to build up their pads slowly, can't go for two miles the first day, just a few blocks and then a few more. It is also best to not ride after the pavement is wet, can cause the pads to become soft and they are more likely to injure them.
I agree, this is very important. I also recommend washing your dog's feet after each bike ride to get all the dirt off and then inspect them thoroughly for any damage.
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I bike once in a while sometimes even venturing to bike-jor but if it''s cold enough that I can do that then it''s cold enough for me to scooter with the boys and I would much rather do that. It''s safer, works more muscles, and is training for winter.
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