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eoj89 06-15-2014 10:34 AM

Bikejoring
 
Does anyone bikejore with their dogs? I've been reading up on it and it seems like something I would like to do.

If you do, how do you go about doing it, how did you start, and how many dogs do you do it with?

Thanks for any replies.

Nigel 06-15-2014 12:04 PM

Might try messaging "Counter" I've seen others doing this, can't remember the threads though. Here's a thread of ^^
http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...a-our-gsd.html

I don't do it, but I do use a bike attachment to exercise mine.

Zeeva 06-15-2014 12:26 PM

I use a walkydoggy sometimes. I don't know the difference between a walkydoggy and a bikejore but both are bike attachments. I've never tried a bikejore so can't compare.

But I love walkydoggying. They get TONS of exercise with it. It's built for only one dog at a time. For both my husky (more so with him) and my GSD, it came pretty naturally. They ran without a care in the world. The one thing I recommend is a well fitted harness. In my experience a tight harness stopped Zeeva from running; she didn't want to do it because I think she was uncomfortable. A loose harness will cause your pup to possibly slip out...

Take pictures! Enjoy!!!

Freestep 06-15-2014 12:27 PM

I used to do this before it was a "thing". My first dog loved to pull me on my bike; whenever I'd get the leash and the bike out, she'd get all excited and ready to run. I just tied the leash around the frame of the bike (not the handlebars) and let her pull on a flat collar. As soon as I said the word, she'd take off like a racehorse out of the gate. I'd let her pull me for as long as she wanted, usually about 1/4 mile, then she'd settle back and run beside me. She learned words for "left" and "right", and always kept an eye on me for subtle cues. She was an awesome dog.

I've trained other dogs to run beside the bike; some liked it, some didn't.

lalachka 06-15-2014 12:29 PM

I'd love to do it and thought about it many times but I'm scared lol. My dog is reactive, I can't have him on a harness outside. Even late at night a few dogs are out.

So a dog must be non reactive for this I'm assuming.


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Freestep 06-15-2014 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by lalachka (Post 5644650)

So a dog must be non reactive for this I'm assuming.

Actually a dog can learn NOT to be reactive when they are "working", so if you use the right training approach, it can be good therapy.

Zeeva 06-15-2014 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by lalachka (Post 5644650)
I'd love to do it and thought about it many times but I'm scared lol. My dog is reactive, I can't have him on a harness outside. Even late at night a few dogs are out.

So a dog must be non reactive for this I'm assuming.


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My dogs are pretty reactive as well. We've had some encounters. In my experience the walkydoggy is pretty sturdy as long as you have a good harness and YOU are powerful enough to steer your bike and pup away from the other dog...In other words, I don't suggest walkydoggying with a dog that weighs more than you or is stronger than you and is reactive...

Zeeva 06-15-2014 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by lalachka (Post 5644650)
I'd love to do it and thought about it many times but I'm scared lol. My dog is reactive, I can't have him on a harness outside. Even late at night a few dogs are out.

So a dog must be non reactive for this I'm assuming.


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P.S. Zeeva is about 90lbs and I'm about 120. I can still handle her with a bit of force on a walkydoggy if she wants to run toward another dog. It's difficult if the other dog is off leash though...

lalachka 06-15-2014 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Zeeva (Post 5644690)
P.S. Zeeva is about 90lbs and I'm about 120. I can still handle her with a bit of force on a walkydoggy if she wants to run toward another dog. It's difficult if the other dog is off leash though...


Mine is about 90 and I'm 170 and it takes all my might to hold him on a harness. Like I've had to get down on my knees and keep going up the leash to get to his neck so I can hug him and hold him.

Long and tedious. He gets this scary strength when he wants to get somewhere.


Freestep, can you give me an idea of how that's done? I'd really like to try it. I'm tired of the park but I'm chained to it because otherwise he can't run. I go at 12 am now and stay till 3 but I just realized we have racoons out that late. Now I'm traumatized lol and horrified))))))




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Zeeva 06-15-2014 01:36 PM

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Originally Posted by lalachka (Post 5644761)
Mine is about 90 and I'm 170 and it takes all my might to hold him on a harness. Like I've had to get down on my knees and keep going up the leash to get to his neck so I can hug him and hold him.

Long and tedious. He gets this scary strength when he wants to get somewhere.

I understand where you're coming from. Realize this though; harnesses are meant to use an entire dog's body strength to pull. I used a harness way back when I didn't know better with my husky and I felt the same way you did.

Might I suggest a properly fitted and properly utilized prong. I use prongs on both my dogs and I can control them on walks...


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