Well....he only has to go as fast as you go, right? Only one way to find out.SB173Koach said:I have a australian cattle dog. he isn't aggressive at all and i am sure that he would stay with me and is very well trained but he is kinda out of shape and my only worry is if he can keep up
What he said......pisgahproductions said:Some dogs are built for it, some are not. What kind of dog do you have?
Be very careful and think first and foremost about the health and safety of your animal.
I had a Lab/Pit mix that loved to run. I ran her too hard though and hip problems plagued her life from a year old to the end.
Thanks for this very informative post. I have always been saddened that I have a dog who can't bike with me because he is somewhat "untrained" (a rescue beagle who will bolt if he sees a rabbit and isn't on the leash) but now I am not feeling too bad. I think I will keep him just the way he is and keep the biking to myself.glovemtb said:Over the last 20 years of mountain biking I have known many people that rode with their dogs. Every one of them I have kept in touch with wound up permanently injured in their later years because of it. Arthritis, carpal deterioration, ruptured disc, other lower back issues, etc. Younger dogs are easiest to injure permanently because their bones in their paws I hear are soft until quite awhile till they are well over a couple of years old.
Dogs love to run and will run like crazy while you coast downhill. As a matter of fact, the will love it to death (If not from cardio stress in smaller breeds, the downhill impacts will get them in all sizes, think marathon runners!)
Try running with your dog on the trail and you are on equal terms and if you can't cheat by flying down the hills on a bike they will kick your ass ! Another buddy of mine runs with his 3 year old pit/retriever rescue all the time. Also he rides with him on his riding recovery days up technical climbs going as hard as he can to keep up and then goes VERY SLOW with him on the down hills. Since he runs with him he knows exactly what pace is not too fast. All dogs love anaerobic activity. Not crazy all day + huge leaps in air Frisbee competition type stuff, (you see allot of high back injuries in those dogs as you do with dogs that are allowed to jump out of suv's.) But, a good field with a tennis ball thrower for 30 minutes to an hour every couple of days is great doggie anaerobics (Not every day, think recovery.) http://www.petsmart.com/global/prod...0&Ntt=thrower&In=All&previousText=thrower&N=2
Oh yea, warm them up first with easy short throws or a walk first.
Btw, trail running or hiking with a dog is just damn fun, I borrow my friends sometime for trail runs, hikes (I run uphill and walk the down hills cause I need my body intact for as long as possible also !) Another friend that is a mountain bike racer and vet told me all these good hints and also says he's seen many older dogs in bad shape from too much mountain biking earlier in their lives.