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Old 10-22-2013, 11:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone try this? Pulling For Urban Mushing ? Is It The Right Activity For Your Dog? - PetGuide




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Nicole Wilde is really into this apparently. She has some equipment reviews on her site. It's fairly popular where I live with husky owners because the lower elevations often don't see snow, but on the weekends the Blue Mountains are awesome for snow. People here generally do it with dog scooters and normal ganglines and I haven't seen any of the frame attachments like the ones in the picture you posted.

I would like to try it, but so far when I have taken my dog biking, she just trots along calmly and doesn't seem to have any desire to run or pull. We are getting an urban trail harness from Alpine Outfitters so she can experiment with pulling. I was looking into the pre-manufactured shocklines, but they seemed ridiculously expensive since you could just make something similar from hardware store materials like this.
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I've never done it, but I have an acquaintance who used to do it with her kelpie. She had a really good blog post about it, but I guess she took it down because I can't find it anymore. Bummer.

Anyway, she initially did it with a skateboard, but uh there were some stability concerns with that setup, and after a pretty bad crash she switched to a more stable rig using a three-wheeled scooter.

Based on her descriptions I would not try it without the help of a more experienced instructor, because man, crashing at even 15 mph is a real mess on asphalt.

She said it was super exercise for her dog, though, and at the time she really needed something to burn off her adolescent herding dog's energy. And once she stopped crashing as much, it was apparently really fun.
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I've done it with my boy and a bunch of other husky type dogs. It's really fun. We did more bike/scooter skijoring where all the dogs are lined out and pull from the front. It's actually really fun and about around the second time I got to ride the scooter.

The guy I trained with had two 40 lbs Alaskan huskies...so a mixed breed just for pulling. Cool dogs, but of course my boy being twice their size kind of outran them (plus he hadn't learned to trot yet and was just going all out). Another time we did it the guy was really happy with him, he was really shocked at his work ethic and the fact that he kept up with huskies for 4 miles. Actually said that the dog next to him kind of just jogged and let him to all of the pulling since he was the bigger one.

Its kind of tough to teach your dog to pull by itself if you've already worked on a lot of heeling...but with another dog, its really easy to do because they just follow. So it was nice having two experienced dogs out in front so that he had something to focus on.
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We just started with a dog scooter! It is a blast! There aren't any experienced people or dogs around me, but my friend and her dog and Tara run really well together. They just got up to 5 miles this week. Both had trouble going out in front at first, but they've pretty much gotten the idea now. At first I was running beside them to keep them motivated while my friend was on the scooter, but I can't keep up anymore. We're going to go to having one of us on a bike just so we can both be there, but they don't really need the "rabbit" anymore. Still need to work out some kinks, but we are having a lot of fun doing it. We probably get together for them to pull about twice a week.
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I've heard the scooters work well.
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Are you thinking about trying it, MRL?
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My friend does in Windsor! She uses a scooter and sled with her GSD and her BC!

Here's a video from last year! I am hoping to join them this winter when I visit my Dad!

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It would be so fun to have snow! We probably won't ever have that much here. We did have flurries last week and it was amazing how much faster the dogs pulled! They were about a minute per mile faster than their usual pace! I'll have to get some video of them pulling the scooter next time.
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It looks like so much fun! She really enjoys it and her dogs do as well.

I think she has a video of them using the scooter but not sure, will have to ask her to post here.
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