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01-24-2014 07:19 AM
juliejujubean
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I've never been much of a runner ( long distance ).....do my mile and change at the gym 3-5 days a week....but when you run 10 miles or whatever...do you stop for a cold beer along the way ???


SuperG
Totally don't. I'm not the biggest fan of beer. At all. ;-) I prefer wine. :-)


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01-23-2014 08:09 PM
SuperG
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Good to hear its a general consensus that she is able to run with me. :-) I love having her with me for sure! It's better than running alone :-) I just don't want her to go farther than her body was made for, but hey, if she is made for more awesome running then me, I'm excited about it :-) I hope to be at 10 miles comfortably by the end of next month.
As for the person who used to run 7-9 on a daily basis, that's awesome. I hope to be able to do that, :-) as long as my knees let me. I have osteo arthritis in them so I am dealing with that trying to not give up like i did last time... I am more determined than ever! :-)


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I've never been much of a runner ( long distance ).....do my mile and change at the gym 3-5 days a week....but when you run 10 miles or whatever...do you stop for a cold beer along the way ???


SuperG
01-23-2014 08:07 PM
SuperG
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Originally Posted by d4lilbitz View Post
David,

Here is a picture of Red before a ride. Since the biking, his hind end has gotten so much stronger...he weighs about 80lbs. When we rescued him, he was only 60 lbs at 1.5 yrs, all skin and bones; no muscle at all! He has come a long way : )
Red's ready to rock !!!


SuperG
01-23-2014 02:21 PM
d4lilbitz David,

Here is a picture of Red before a ride. Since the biking, his hind end has gotten so much stronger...he weighs about 80lbs. When we rescued him, he was only 60 lbs at 1.5 yrs, all skin and bones; no muscle at all! He has come a long way : )
01-23-2014 01:25 PM
d4lilbitz
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Originally Posted by David Winners View Post
IMHO, that is the perfect answer!

I was watching bikejoring on YouTube the other day, and there was a mal on there that sprinted for miles. I mean a long time. It was amazing. When they stopped, he was great. Looked ready to give it another go. I can only imagine the conditioning they went through.

David Winners
Wow, those Mals are no joke...just this past weekend I went to visit my brother in NC. He's a MWD handler. They did a training demo for me. The dog was a Mal! The ball drive on him was rediculous! Awesome dogs, but not for the faint of heart! Amazing to watch in action though!

Red, my shepherd loves to bike. Call me crazy, but I always think, if I was in his shoes, (or paws)...what would I be thinking or feeling. In the end, all I want is a healthy/happy dog...which they all are! As soon as he sees me heading towards the door he starts the pacing/whining/and prancing about : )

I am getting a new puppy in April. This will be my first sporting prospect : ) Obviously, he'll be to young to go biking for a long time. To prepare him though for the HD and the biking, I'm going to get him accustomed to the bike from 8 weeks. Short walks down the driveway, so he knows it won't harm him. As he gets older and more mature we'll increase it accordingly. I'm hoping he takes to it as well as Red!
01-23-2014 01:22 PM
juliejujubean Good to hear its a general consensus that she is able to run with me. :-) I love having her with me for sure! It's better than running alone :-) I just don't want her to go farther than her body was made for, but hey, if she is made for more awesome running then me, I'm excited about it :-) I hope to be at 10 miles comfortably by the end of next month.
As for the person who used to run 7-9 on a daily basis, that's awesome. I hope to be able to do that, :-) as long as my knees let me. I have osteo arthritis in them so I am dealing with that trying to not give up like i did last time... I am more determined than ever! :-)


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01-23-2014 01:09 PM
David Winners
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Originally Posted by d4lilbitz View Post
"David Winners;4889554]What kind of pace do you ride at? Just wondering. You have a lucky dog

David Winners"


Hi David,

I keep him at a steady trot. His nose is always just ahead of my bike. Every once in a while depending the environment, his mood, and the duration of our ride, I'll tell him "step up" to have a little gallop. Even then it's only about 100ft at a time. 97% of the pace is a steady trot/jog for him. Most of the time his tongue is barely hanging out when we get back home lol.

Mostly I adjust my speed to how he's moving. Like people they all have off days. If he starts to fall behind, I slow the pace so he's never trying to keep up. I want to make sure he's comfortable and having fun!

As the weather warms up though, I'll reduce the miles because of the humidity.
IMHO, that is the perfect answer!

I was watching bikejoring on YouTube the other day, and there was a mal on there that sprinted for miles. I mean a long time. It was amazing. When they stopped, he was great. Looked ready to give it another go. I can only imagine the conditioning they went through.

David Winners
01-23-2014 12:57 PM
howlk9 Until my knees wore out, I was a runner. My GSD and I would do 7-9 miles 4 days a week, 2 days we would push up to 12-15. One day off. She was able to keep this up until she was about 9 years old and then we (both) needed to scale back a bit. Just make sure your dog's paws are in good shape, check them often and you should be fine. Final note, as with people, if you see anything unusual in her gait or pace, stop and check it out. Better safe than sorry.
01-23-2014 12:46 PM
d4lilbitz "David Winners;4889554]What kind of pace do you ride at? Just wondering. You have a lucky dog

David Winners"


Hi David,

I keep him at a steady trot. His nose is always just ahead of my bike. Every once in a while depending the environment, his mood, and the duration of our ride, I'll tell him "step up" to have a little gallop. Even then it's only about 100ft at a time. 97% of the pace is a steady trot/jog for him. Most of the time his tongue is barely hanging out when we get back home lol.

Mostly I adjust my speed to how he's moving. Like people they all have off days. If he starts to fall behind, I slow the pace so he's never trying to keep up. I want to make sure he's comfortable and having fun!

As the weather warms up though, I'll reduce the miles because of the humidity.
01-23-2014 12:12 PM
David Winners
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My German Shepherd loves to go biking with me. We worked up to 12 miles. He's about about three (he's a rescue so his exact age in unknown). We had been jogging and going on long hikes. I wanted to challenge him a bit more and thought this would be a good thing to try. This breed is so willing to please its handler, he naturally picked up jogging along the bike. He heels perfectly next to me. We worked up from a mile over about three months. To get him use to different environments we travel on roads, grass, dirt, etc. I take him around obstacles (trash cans, bushes, people, dogs, cats, squirrels, etc.), practice turning left/right, slowing and increasing of pace, etc. This entire time his leash is completely slack. He loves to bike. Our distance now depends on the weather, when its humid, we only go a couple miles (3-4 at a slower pace). Also we have to change the times, either early or later in the evening when temps are cooler. Like every good owner, the entire time we are out and after, I'm checking for signs of fatigue or pain.

As long as you work up to the distance, your dog should be just fine. Good luck!
What kind of pace do you ride at? Just wondering. You have a lucky dog

David Winners
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