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When my Doberman was between 1 and 3 years old, I had a Walky Dog on my bike and we'd go on rides multiple days a week. It was the perfect way for her to release her energy. She absolutely loved it and still gets excited when she sees a bike to this day. My only words of advice is to be mindful of the wear and tear running on concrete can do to joints. My girl is 10 now and has arthritis and leg tremors that's being treated with Gabapentin and Tramadol.
There's special bars you can get that attach to your bike that can help. My husband uses one for our dog when they go on bike rides.
This is the one he uses:
I have a high energy GSP/ACD mix and she is similar - can walk perfectly on leash but sometimes turns into a big puller to greet dogs or follow scents. She is 50 lbs but is super strong physically and strong-willed. I bought this bike attachment and it's pretty sturdy. It's not cheap but I think you get what you pay for. I've been using it with her for a few weeks biking around our neighborhood and on a few occasions she's seen a dog and pulled pretty hard. I feel it for sure but have never even been close to being pulled down. I just keep pedaling and she resumes running normally. Hopefully someone else has advice about handling distractions while biking because I need it too!
I always started tackling dogs like this with finding a way to tire them out. They're just frustrated and pent up and don't know any better. Once they're exhausted, they are more attentive and manageable on leash, making training simple. Maybe look into getting a Dog Walky Plus.
I swear by these, they have 600lbs of pull strength and don't twist or break, they keep the dog away from the bike and controlled. I calmed down a red zone aggressive Collie with just daily bike rides followed by leash training. Once your guy is calm the I'd start training him to run next to you. You can also try a weighted backpack to calm him down during runs. Good luck! Hope I helped.
That's just the way it is unless you go with a strong prescription. We give our dog soliquin and I would say we see a 5% change, maybe a little more. If he gets really riled up anyway, maybe we give him some CBD, but like you said that's maybe a 1-2% help.
Honestly I find that truly the best thing to do is to just tire my dog out. I will take him for long walks or play a lot of fetch/tug of war. Sometimes I just don't have the energy myself to take him for a 2 hour walk after work just to tire him out though. When he was much younger, I had an an attachment for my bike that was secure and kept him at arms length. I'd take him for a trek for about 3 miles and he's be pooped for the rest of the day.
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Really it's going to take a combination of things to get his anxiety reduced for the day, but if you can get them into a solid routine that is rarely changes, that also helps.
I've recently started taking my 50 lb dog for bike rides. I did a lot of internet research before starting and it was helpful.
I use the Walky Dog Plus attachment I bought on amazon (Link). It was not cheap but it is very sturdy and I feel safe using it. I also attach a very short (~1 ft) leash to the attachment so my dog has a bit more room to move around. There are cheaper products out there, and I see lots of people just using a regular leash, but then dogs can run into the bike or pull you down if they get distracted. Generally, it's recommended to use a harness (but not a no-pull style) on the dog for bike rides but I've found my dog prefers a regular collar.
Even though my dog is high energy and loves to run, I have been gradually easing her into it, not going for super long/fast stretches, and I bring a collapsible water bowl that I fill for her when she seems tired. She has been loving it so far. Good luck!
$50 and way less expensive then whatever the ER bill is gonna be when he pulls your bike over [link]
I have the low attachment point accessory as well since my dog is short so she's more comfortable with that one
First of get a ok from the vet. It a lot of stress in the hips.
Use a harness if you decide to let the dog pull you a special joring harness, a leash for bikejoring and depending on next to you or pulling ether bike extantion or a bike antenna and a panic snap.
Train your dog to be calm around the bike and run like you want him to be.
I can see where that theoretically would work but I’d be afraid of getting jerked down if the dog got distracted. Walky Dog Plus Hands Free Dog Bicycle Exerciser Leash Newest Model with 550-lbs Pull Strength Paracord Leash Military Grade [link]
Nice:) I have run my dog for years using my bike! It is the only way for me to get her enough exercise.
If it is ever necessary for the dog to be on a lead while you ride with it, please consider a harness and something like this.
You do not want to run a dog, especially a dog that size, while holding a leash in your hand. Unfortunately, I know this from experience:) And you never want to attach any lead to a dog's collar while riding with them.
You may already know all of this but I feel obligated to write it anyway. Take care and have fun!:)
Edit: Also, you may want to consider posting this to r/xbiking.
I have this bike attachment, but it is a little short. I would recommend unscrewing the end cap and buying a longer paracord to work with the springs inside, or they’re going to be a little too close for comfort.
Otherwise, I just use a 37” Drop-Thru (the trucks are top mounted so you have a lower center of gravity) with wide tight trucks, as if I’m going downhill basically. The pups will pull fast but try running with them to see if distractions will make them pull away at their run speed. Usually they’re locked in to mush-mode and will run wherever you tell them!
I got a walky-dog for my heeler mix after we moved to Chicago and it's been wonderful. It keeps him at my side & has a bungee so when he inevitably tries to go after a squirrel he doesn't take me with him. I always recommend it to anyone looking to get into biking with their dog. That being said, I only need it because Phil gets distracted easily and will try and take off to the side from time to time. If you think you can train her to keep at your side it probably wouldn't be necessary!
I actually started out training him to run next to me on pavement, with this
it keeps your dog from jumping out in front of you, so i trained that behavior a bunch before taking him out to the singletrack. concerning wildlife, he is naturally afraid of getting dropped, so even if he goes to chase something i'll keep riding away and call for him a few times. when he realizes i'm not there anymore, he comes running right back
FYI, I have one of these, and I absolutely love it. It's a little nicer than a leash, in that it keep my pup right where he needs to be next to my bike - not too close, not too far. Leash works ok, I suppose, but I like the bar. In any case, hope you have fun, I know mine loves bike rides.
I just got a walky dog and I could not say enough good things about this product. My dog LOVES it. He sprints at full speed the entire time and looks like the happiest dog alive.
As someone below commented...it sounds like you are already providing this dog with WAY more exercise than someone else who will adopt him will. I'm not saying this to make you feel guilty for giving him up, more that you shouldn't feel this guilty if you decide to keep him.
I think there are a lot of other options an ways to tire him out besides just running with him. You can look into biking with him, which will tire him out faster than it will tire you out. I've heard great things about walky dog There is NOTHING that tires my crazy dog out more than playing with other dogs. An hour trip to the dog park will tire him out for the rest of the day. And I take him to doggy daycare usually about once a week, and he is tired to the point where he can't even keep his eyes open on the car ride home.
I do agree with whoever said that you should focus on getting your asthma under control first (I have asthma too) and then see where you're at with your dog. I have a feeling once you get that sorted out you might really regret giving up Arrow!
You can get a product like this I wouldn't recommend a long lead as he could easily pull you off. As short as is safe (preferably with some elastic in it somewhere) so there is some give.
He is not crate trained, but we have him in a well fenced spacious yard with awning, and with our other dog. It is mostly in the backyard where the damage is being done such as ruining sprinklers, digging, ripping apart the outside furniture, etc.
We exercise our husky on the Walkie Dog everyday for 30 -60 min. [link]
We do have the Kong ball. We usually fill it with peanut butter when he is inside the house to keep him entertained for some time if we are occupied with household chores etc. I will check up on Dog Casino toy though! Thanks for the recommendation.
We have done so much research to figure out what to do. We are debating on getting another husky in hopes to cancel out the boredom and maybe getting some extra exercise. Our other dog is 15 years old and plays with him, but kills her energy sometimes. We just aren't sure if bringing it ANOTHER husky would be a good idea?
Teaching "Leave it" and "Drop it" is one thing, but these are two things that need to be trained diligently, and proofed under extreme circumstances, the last of which is undies and socks.
Teaching her the value of the word "No" isn't a bad thing either. It has to be calm, firm, consistent, and at the moment of the 'crime' for it to work. Teaching a dog what not to do is just as important as teaching a dog what's right.
It's possible that she's a little frustrated at the end of that leash. Aussies tend to be very high energy dogs, and sometimes, running just doesn't cut the mustard. I'd suggest a bicycle, and one of these to work off some of that extra energy. I'd also suggest building a small agility course in your back yard, if you have one.
I find that bike rides usually wear my dogs out a bit faster. They sell bicycle attachments like the Walky Dog which seem to work pretty well. A flirt pole could also come in handy.
There are some devices for attaching the dog to the bike. I think this one is really popular. Some people just attach the leash to a bungee on their handlebars (but they tie the bungee a special way so it won't come off but still absorbs some force). I don't actually know anything about training a dog to run beside the bike but someone on here will have a good answer and tips. You can't really make them run a lot until they're over a year (or year and a half)because their bones are still growing and you don't want them to damage anything. After that, it's fair game!
If he responds negatively to other dogs, the trainer should be knowledgeable enough to help him get over it an work in a class setting. We had two or three dog aggressive dogs in our classes or trials and they never had a problem; we could all learn/compete without a dog fight or major disruption. It's a good socialization opportunity, too. It's going to be really great for him and for you! :D
The main part is installed on the seat pole thing, then the arm clips on when you go out with your dog. My dog knows the drill: bike goes outside, she gets her harness put on, I clip the arm to her harness, then we go out and I clip the arm to the bike.
I used to have trouble with my dog trying to get to animals, but she likes running more than she likes stopping. In our area, there are ALWAYS little dogs patrolling. So I have to constantly be on the lookout for a shi tzu or chihuahua running at us screaming bloody murder. Not kidding. It happens at least twice on every ride. It happed four times today. I do this thing now where I stop and call it over to us. All of a sudden, the dog has a million other things it would rather do that meet a pit bull 10 times its size.
if he's a decent size pup, and you have a bike, get a walky dog.
My medium size pup will pull my bike around the block 4 or 5 times running his little brains out, then sleeps the rest of the day. I rarely have to pedal, he gets to run as fast as he wants, and the bike is actually very easy to control. I'd just avoid really busy streets/times of day for general safety.
My medium size pup will pull my bike around the block 4 or 5 times running his little brains out, then sleeps the rest of the day. I rarely have to pedal, he gets to run as fast as he wants, and the bike is actually very easy to control. I'd just avoid really busy streets/times of day for general safty.
I know warnings are like a broken record every time someone posts a picture of their new high maintenance breed puppy but here it goes anyways.
Aussies need a job. Get into some kind of sport. If you don't have time / money for special classes at least look into getting a Walky Dog to help burn of some energy. And don't forget to the Booties to protect the feetsies
Running / Walking will help burn energy but Aussies are smart. They need a lot of mental stimuli to keep them from getting bored and destroying your life.
Aussies tend to bond strongly to their own families and are generally wary of strangers. Proper socialization with other people and dogs is incredibly important.
Walky Dog Plus off of Amazon
Longest trip with her so far was just shy of 6 miles and she was ready for more!
Hell ya! Do it all the time!
Of course, this really depends on lots of things. Do you have a safe area (not too much traffic)? How stable are you in riding? How big and strong is the dog and how much do they pull?
I used to take my dog biking all the time (hold the leash in one hand and the handlebar in the other hand). He got old and couldn't run much, so I got a cargo bike and took him everywhere:
Ollie passed away and we got another dog. She is a puppy and hates the cargo bike. She wants to run! She is now 2 years old and weighs 50 lbs (black lab mix). I now take her with my e-bike. Leash in one hand, the bike handle bar in the other hand. The e-bike is awesome because it has good acceleration. Sometimes she just zooms all of a sudden and I can keep up without tugging on the leash.
But I'm a strong rider. I can keep her in control while riding 20+ miles per hour on short bursts.
My girlfriend is not a strong bike rider. So we got her one of these:
This ties to my girlfriend's bicycle seat post. It stretches out and holds the dog. She takes our dog for rides with this apparatus. Works pretty good! She gets to keep both hands on the handlebars.
We use the walky dog that connects to a bike ([link]). I think it all depends on if your pup zig zags or not. This has helped us out a ton!
I use walkie dog and it works great! It might just take a couple of practice rides for your dog get used to. :)
Use a specially made attachment like Walkydog or Springer to physically attach your dog to the bike. Use a comfy non-restrictive harness on the dog for this attachment point. That way, dog can move normally, but when the dog pulls it doesn't make you fall or crash.
I'd also personally hold a leash connected to a collar for finer control, but the big thing is you don't want the dog's full weight to be able to pull on your arms or handlebars.
Not sure how that would go with a small dog (or if they can even keep up?). Maybe keep them on the bike with you like this one (check out the 'Customer Images'):
I live in an apartment half the size of yours with a BC mix and I have not had any issues. I got mine at 12 weeks (he's a year and a half now) and my schedule for taking care of him has been nearly identical to what you're describing.
You guys seem like you really understand the time commitment for a Border Collie. The only recommendation I have would be to mix up the dog's schedule besides just running...a border collie running at a human pace doesn't do much to tire them out unfortunately. A 5 mile run for my guy is probably what a normal walk is for a non-herding breed. Off-leash time is a must for herding dogs. Definitely check out dog parks in your area and also keep an eye out for open fields nearby (schools with baseball fields are a good option before/after school hours) to play fetch at. I'm also a huge fan of walkydog since it's pretty much the fastest my dog can run without being off-leash and it's not a lot of work for me :p
In my experience, as long as my dog has a consistent schedule there are really no problems. He knows that we're going to do something outside first thing in the morning and first thing when I get home from work and won't leave me alone until then.
As for another comment saying you can't leave an 8 week puppy alone for 4.5 hours.....I don't necessarily think you need to make other arrangements. With that attitude I don't think any normal working human could ever adopt a puppy.
This got downvoted before (not exactly sure why) but Fresh Patch was really helpful for potty training in my apartment. I put it on my balcony (I'd never put it inside that seems pretty gross) and it helped for those times when I really didn't want to walk down 3 flights of stairs at 2 am haha. I trained him to go using this and to go outside. It's real grass so it didn't mess up potty training at all like puppy pads seem to.
Well that seems like all I can think of....hope it helped and good luck!
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I'm still waiting to have a gnarly fall... it's worth it though :)
My dog enjoys both equally so what I do is one day we walk, the other we jog. I also have a bike attachment for lazy days. Hiking is also a good alternative for weekends. There are many people with husky and working type breeds that do bikejoring and dog scootering that you may want to look into as well.
WalkyDog + a padded chest harness (for your dog's safety).
It will change your life
I'd look into getting a Walky Dog ([link]) or similar system, then staying on bike paths/lanes. Shouldn't be any worse than people who ride around with kid trailers, provided the dog stays next to you and is well behaved.