Hello, I have a little beagle/jack russell mix, named Munch. She LOVES to run. I go on walks in the woods and she gets to be off her leash and she is all over the place. Picking up sticks and running up hills and rolling in the mud. The last couple of weeks have been tough on us because of hunting season though. We have been walking around town on the leash, which she still loves because she gets to meet new people!
I am late to the party, but my dog that passed this year used to LOVE running. He was lab/dalmatian and there was nothing that could motivate that dog better to be good but the promise of a run! I used to use a Halti and clip him on my water belt with a short leash, never a problem with pulling or anything once he had the routine down. I suspect it is the same for dogs trained to run with a bike and the proper equipment for it. They will not jeopardize it and behave properly if they really enjoy it! People who just go out with the dog loose or not tethered safely...that IS foolish!
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Fitness Minutes: (3,646) Posts: 718 12/5/12 12:27 P
i understand what you are saying about the dangers to the bike rider and dog when safety is not considered while riding a bike with a dog on a leash. our dog is a black lab/german shepard mix and he loved to pull ever since he was a young pup. he supplies one dog power to my trike and just loves running along side. i'm a retired safety manager so we did a lot of research before i purchased our trike and found a couple of ways to safely equip it for trooper to run along with me. we found a product called "wackydog leash" that works very well. you can see this product on line if you want to know more about it. our trike is equipped with an electric hub motor to help me get up the big hills. there are more pictures on my spark page. Alec
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Hi Alec, what I was referring to, and what I think Paws was referring to as well, are the people who use a normal leash or a normal flexi, or those who use no leash at all. I get annoyed with those people because what they are doing is dangerous. What you do looks fine to me personally - I don't think there are laws against hitching your dog to your bike in Italy either, but the leash laws are v. strict. If you get caught with your dog off the leash here you can get fined €3,000, that's nearly $4,000. They only tend to enforce it if you ar either bothering someone or have the dog off the leash in a silly area - I narrowly got off once and it was only because the policeman recognised that May was well trained and responds to voice commands. Still, not worth risking it so I am very careful now.
we have a recumbent trike equipped with a boom with a spring loaded lead that our dog is hooked up to. the boom keeps trooper safely away from the trike's tires and leaves both of my hands free to control steering, gear changing and braking of the trike. the low center of gravity of the trike prevents any problems with the trike being tipped over by our dog. trooper looks forward to our rides/runs each day and this has proven to be a good way for both of us to get daily exercise. i'm not aware of any US bike laws that address this subject. alec
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Fitness Minutes: (2,100) Posts: 56 11/21/12 5:38 A
Silly fools on their bikes - that's so dangerous! there're a few here as well but not many. This morning I tried taking her favourite toy out with us - it worked like a charm! She ran because that way she thought it was a game, and I threw it for her (she was on the flexi) every now and again. She was running just ahead of me with the toy in her mouth most of the time instead of dragging behind - I'm sure she thought is was a game of chase!
Of course anywhere near traffic I took the toy from her and brought her to heel - safety first. But it worked! I'm so happy I finally have a runnign partner!
Anyone here run with their dog? I have a 2 and a half year old Malinois cross called May, and I would love to get her out running with me but she is not a fan despite enjoying tearing all over the place when she's at home or when I can let her off the leash (not often in Italy, the leash laws apply to parks and nature trails too). Any tips on getting her to enjoy it more?
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