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Old 02-21-2017, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone bike with their spoo? My husband ran a mile with Lucky today and he still seemed very energetic after he got home. They stopped frequently to cross the street, Lucky had to sniff and potty, and he also wanted to go after wanted to chase a squirrel and a crow so the one mile took 14 mins. We aren't sure at 11 months he could go further than a mile. So while Lucky ran with my husband, I was on a bike. Yep 1-mile bike ride at 1 mile per hour was not particularly fun but I wanted to experiment with Lucky.
I actually took the bike out to see how Lucky would react but I've only walked the bike next to him. I've purchased a bike attachment for dogs when he was just a puppy but have never used it. It has a bungee cord attachment and has lots of give. Unfortunately, despite all this, it still doesn't seem very safe for me or him to go bike riding. He seems smart enough to stay to the side but I worry about running into him as well. He could easily pull me down if he sees a squirrel. Does anyone have any bike experiences? How far can I run with Lucky at 11 months? Has his bones finished developing?
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Definitely wait until 18 months to bike with a Standard! Aside from very very short distances if you want to help get him conditioned/acclimated to the bike. But you really don't want to be doing any road work at 11 months.
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Could I run with him? We have a lake that is 2.8 miles circumference. It has a nice wide bike trail on but it is most useful for running. Is 3 miles too much? I am also out of shape I wanted to add so I will be going super slow. Probably more like 8-10 min per mile.
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What you specifically need to avoid until 18 months old is repetitive exercise. So running, biking and long hikes should really wait. I wouldn't run or do any other form of road work with a standard until at least 18 months. At 11 months, free running (his choice to run and play) is fine, but forced (on leash) running and biking is considered repetitive exercise and could lead to problems if the growth plates aren't closed. Bones are not finished developing at this age.

Here is a good chart on appropriate exercise for puppies. An 11 month old standard is pretty physically immature and definitely still a puppy. https://www.puppyculture.com/exercise-chart.html
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Thank you very much. The link is super useful I am gonna print it out and stick it on my door. I appreciate the explanation.
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I'm glad you asked about this, snow, so Lucky's bones and joints will be healthy. It's in Frosty's contract that he can't do repetitive exercise until he's fully grown. Very important stuff!
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Good to know but what is a kibble trail?
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Many years ago I had one of those dog attachments for my bike, and use to ride a lot with my lab. I'm not an experienced rider, just a pleasure rider and I never had a problem. Once he got use to it he loved it, and wouldn't bother with the usual distractions. I think it keeps them busy and focused which is why they just trot alongside. Once he's old enough I think you'll love it!
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I used to take my Boston terrier biking with this attachment and there is no way the dog can even touch the bike. Plus it turns into a leash for when you take breaks. I really loved it.

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I bike with Asaah all the time. I don't have the nifty bike attachment, I just put her on a harness and hold the leash in a way that I can drop it if needed. I have a runner's leash that stretches, so if there's any tension on it it's not dangerous for either of us. We live in the sticks and the road is straight and flat, so no need to worry about turning, we just pull over when cars go by. Lucky is too young for road work, but you could start with him walking next to you while you're pushing yourself along on the bike so he learns to stay next to you. Definitely don't bike with him until he will reliably stay next to you and not go after squirrels or you'll get splattered!
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