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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Can Shepherds do biking

Basically, before i got my dog i was in reasonable shape, but my and my fiancee fell apart, and i let myself go. I have a 8 month old shepherd, and want to start biking again. Im wondering will she be able to handle it? The journey ill take is roughly 1-2 miles ( Not that long ) But it would be twice a day 5-6 days a week. ( She would be leashed on the way to the trail, but once we got their i would unleash her and let her run )

The trainer i worked with in the past told me not to over exercise her, and that this would be to much for her.

Also will she actually follow me and stay out the way? She had trouble with bikes in the past ( Constantly attacking them after one hit her ) But i worked hard with my trainer and now she simply ignores them. Even when a friend i know was cycling in circles around her with his shepherd, my dog just didn't care.

If you guys think its to much to ask of her at this age, i will obviously cycle alone for abit, then when she is older try with her.


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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 06:21 AM
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Well, if the dog is not used to running that long, then start off with small trips, then raise with time
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I think she'd handle that distance fine, especially if she's going to be off leash for part of it.

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Just like any exercise you & your dog have work up to it. I just started taking my 2-1/2 yr old back out with the bicycle again. I keep the pace down because we are riding on pavement. Most of the time she's at a slow jog or even walk. I think we go about a mile maybe a little more. My 2 older dogs are on summer vacation because it's just too hot for them right now, they both have long coats. She definately doesn't need a vacation.

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You don't want to damage her joints, so I wouldn't bike with her on pavement until she is older. We bike with both of our dogs and use a walky-dog attachment, which works great so long as your dog is trained to heel. Definitely work up to the distance so you don't hurt her.

However, you have to remember that biking is a LOT faster than walking, so you actually have to ride rather slow for your dog to be at a nice, steady trot. You can't ride at a normal bike cruising speed and expect your dog to keep up.

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Can you drive to the trail, then unload dog/bike and have your exercise start there? Off leash for a 8 month old should be no problem, but keep an eye on her the first time so you don't over do it.




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You should have no problem doing this distance, just keep an eye on your dog to make sure you aren't going too fast. My concern is her past aggression to bikes and that now she will be off leash and you won't be able to control her if there are other bikes and she tries it again. Are you sure she will leave others alone?

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I got Zena in shape for the show ring by jogging her while i was on a bike. She was older though, 2 years old. I'd be leary of doing it with a dog not full grown. Take it slow at first like the other posts have said.
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I think that distance while biking would be fine, but I'd probably keep her leashed the entire time.

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You don't want to damage her joints, so I wouldn't bike with her on pavement until she is older. We bike with both of our dogs and use a walky-dog attachment, which works great so long as your dog is trained to heel. Definitely work up to the distance so you don't hurt her.
This. I'm surprised more folks haven't mentioned the joints issue. I've always been told by vets and breeders that they shouldn't be run long distances on hard surfaces until 14 months to minimize damage to hips and elbows, which makes perfect sense to me.

I start my dogs next to the bike at 14 months, and it's an excellent tool. I also have the Walky-dog, best thing ever!
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