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Old 03-14-2013, 12:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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I'm new to this forum and forums in general, never been in a forum before so please forgive me if I'm doing this all kinds of backwards.

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I have the most amazing 18 month old Pitt/ American Bulldog mix. He loves his exercise, and with a recent health issues I can no longer take him on effective walks. They are short, slow paced, no fun for him. I have discovered he loves biking, and it's easier for me to do. I started him off on a mile long bike ride, and I have increased it to 2.5 miles and I was wondering how fast/long should I be going? I read somewhere on here you shouldn't bike with your dog on pavement? Where I live there is no unpaved bike trails- so I'm a little stumped on that one. I never bike with him in the heat of the day, always early morning or evening. I do what I call a "warm up/cool down" where I gradually increase/decrease the pace because I think this helps. I never run him sore. His behavior is great on the bike with the exception of squirrels. If he see's one forget it! He never causes me to fall off, it does jerk slightly but with a correction he's back on the regular course. Is there anything else I should be doing and what's the max speed/ distance I should go? Right now he weighs 71 pounds and has decent muscle tone.
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Should start easy ,learn him to run next to the bike ...not in front not in the back you control speed not him.
start to build a few miles and increase this whn things go smooth for both ...watch your dogs movements and behaviour you will notice when he gets tyred. me personally i have no problems with my dog running on pavement because my dog is used to it ...but you always have to check his feet after a bike run . you can use a cream for sore feet if this is the problem. maybe someone else has a better explanation then me forgive my grammer .

this is how i bike with my dog daily ,he can run for hours so i put on some weights.

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Biking with my 18 month old Pitt

I take mine when I'm on vacation. Super fun. Daily for 2 weeks or so on the tar and didn't have an issue with his paws. But just like Papi said my not loved it. (Great video Papi) He wasn't used to running so much at first. I was worried he would take a dive. Just watch him for clues he is getting tired they have things you can set up on your back tire that attach to a harness. I just had a leash which wasn't very safe IMO but that was my fault from not riding a bike for a while lol I used a bungee leash so it would bounce with my boy.


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Should start easy ,learn him to run next to the bike ...not in front not in the back you control speed not him.
start to build a few miles and increase this whn things go smooth for both ...watch your dogs movements and behaviour you will notice when he gets tyred. me personally i have no problems with my dog running on pavement because my dog is used to it ...but you always have to check his feet after a bike run . you can use a cream for sore feet if this is the problem. maybe someone else has a better explanation then me forgive my grammer .

this is how i bike with my dog daily ,he can run for hours so i put on some weights.

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Love this video.. that harness looks so amazing, where did you get it? Bo has been like the most amazing dog I've ever had. He's required hardly any "training" he just knows how to do stuff as soon as I show him. When I first rode with him it took me all of one lap up and down the street for him to follow my ques, I can ride in circles and everything and he stays right next to me! Thanks for the pad info. I will make sure to check his paws from now on! I will have to get him some cream to just in case.
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I take mine when I'm on vacation. Super fun. Daily for 2 weeks or so on the tar and didn't have an issue with his paws. But just like Papi said my not loved it. (Great video Papi) He wasn't used to running so much at first. I was worried he would take a dive. Just watch him for clues he is getting tired they have things you can set up on your back tire that attach to a harness. I just had a leash which wasn't very safe IMO but that was my fault from not riding a bike for a while lol I used a bungee leash so it would bounce with my boy.


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Thanks for the reply! As soon as I have the money I plan on investing in one of those bungee leads and bike attachments. Thanks =)
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The have some stuff called tough paw you can put on your dogs paws to help protect the pads. But yeah if you start small and build up the dogs pads will get more used to it.
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