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Offline scott362

My dog wants to go with me
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:10:28 am »
I have a 3yo. Australian Shepard and she want to go with me on my rides. I have a Jamis Boss that I have converted to a commuter at 6'5" and 350 lbs I needed a good sturdy bike I do have a Cruzer Dog trailer for her to ride in but I want her to be able to run along side for some of the time. So I am looking to see if anyone has any dealings with the devices to hook her to my bike I live in Lake Worth, Florida, so I need to have her on a leash for her safety and I don't like the idea of me holding her leash and riding.

Offline mmoser

Re: My dog wants to go with me
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2015, 11:55:23 am »
Hi scott362,

I use the K9 cruiser with my dog:

It has worked great to keep my dog out from under my tires, and she also has much less leverage to pull me over.  She is under 20 lbs.  (a Jack Russell Terrier), but has been very peppy and likes to energetically try to dart off after things.  When I used to just hold her by a leash, she would pull me over when she did this.  But with the K9 cruiser she has been unable to pull me over. 
The woman I bought the K9 cruiser from (2nd hand), had used it with a medium sized black lab, and told me it worked great with him too. 

Not sure how well it would work with a really energetic larger dog. But if you don't find anything else, it may be worth a shot.   I have been using mine for almost 10 years and love it! 
Melissa Moser
GIS Analyst/Cartographer
Routes Dept.
Adventure Cycling Association
Inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle.

Offline msullivan

Re: My dog wants to go with me
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2015, 06:20:59 pm »
I have no advice for you about how to bicycle with your dog but I wonder what happens when another dog gives chase? I have heard that in Florida there are many loose dogs and I have had many encounters of dogs pursuing ( trying to bite me!) while riding. I wonder if it would help or hurt to have a dog in a trailer when a dog attacks. No exactly on topic but I worry about loose dogs going after bicycles. Anybody have any thoughts?

Offline Huli

Re: My dog wants to go with me
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2015, 12:17:43 am »
That is a really good question msullivan! I was thinking of getting a k9cruiser, might have to wait until we get an answer.
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Offline JasmineReeseII

Re: My dog wants to go with me
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2015, 08:33:47 am »
I cycled across the US with my 45 pound girl, Fiji. At first, she could only run about 1 or less miles per day. After a few weeks, she was running about 20 miles per day, with breaks in between, of course. I used a Doggy Ride trailer and Springer America attachment. I loved both, and had little to no problems crossing the country with both products. On a few occasions, other dogs gave chase and Fiji broke the plastic attachment on the springer trying to get to them. Otherwise,  it was very hard to break.  As far as dogs go, if you have no fear, do not panic and show a bit of backbone, most dogs respond well to using the bicycle as a barrier and a loud, assertive tone of voice. I never had a dog still keep coming at me after I declared "No" for both them and my dog to hear. Usually Fiji was instigating the chasers, barking, growling and whining at them. But they still listened to my stern warning. Now, I am not quite sure what I would do with a bear. Lol

Another thing to think about is your dog's personal stamina, joints and pads. I used mushers wax on Fiji ' s paws to protect her pads from great harm. Running on concrete can devastate a dogs paws and joints. So, I would suggest doggy shoes or wax. Also, some breeds can run for lengthy amounts of time.  It helped that Fiji is part Whippet. My rottweiler on the other hand died from over exhaustion on a short walk several years ago. Just like you would for a human,  you need to get clearance from your vet that your pup is healthy enough to partake in bicycle running. I have heard of many owners exercising their dogs to death,  with good intention.

I hope this helps.
Fiji and Jasmine Bike Across America = FiJaBAM