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Old 10-15-2008, 05:54 PM   #1
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biking with Elsa

i want to start biking with Elsa. Is she to young to start this? she is 1yr and 1mo??? she is already use to the bike and i walk the bike with her hooked to the bike.






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Old 10-15-2008, 05:58 PM   #2
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for short spells to start off with and not to fast let her build up slowly and you should have no problems
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:06 PM   #3
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Yup, she is over a year so it won't negatively impact bone growth at this point. However, like Dobes states, gradually increase the distance and speed so she can develop the necessary physical conditioning and she won't pull something or lame-up. This should help solve a lot of her anxiety issues as the added exercise will calm her down naturally and exhaust her physically.

I wish I could bike but it will soon be winter so I have to find alternatives as it is difficult to bike in 3ft of snow . I am thinking of taking up cross country skiing this year so that Cassie and I can continue with our 6Km jaunts. I am trying to get fit, lose some weight and keep both of us out of our respected doctor's 'dog house' for having too much weight. LOL

Let us know how Elsa makes out running beside the bike.

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Old 10-15-2008, 06:14 PM   #4
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Yup, she is over a year so it won't negatively impact bone growth at this point. However, like Dobes states, gradually increase the distance and speed so she can develop the necessary physical conditioning and she won't pull something or lame-up. This should help solve a lot of her anxiety issues as the added exercise will calm her down naturally and exhaust her physically.

I wish I could bike but it will soon be winter so I have to find alternatives as it is difficult to bike in 3ft of snow . I am thinking of taking up cross country skiing this year so that Cassie and I can continue with our 6Km jaunts. I am trying to get fit, lose some weight and keep both of us out of our respected doctor's 'dog house' for having too much weight. LOL

Let us know how Elsa makes out running beside the bike.

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i will go slowly with it. the weather is still nice so i can do things early in the morning or late afternoon. during the day it is still to warm. i just got back from a hour walk and she was still bouncing off the walls.

this afternoon i will take her on another walk and do some training with her. i guess i have to make my walks longer. i wish i had nice areas around my house to walk like fields and parks. i want to get more active now that it is cooler in the early mornings


we live in a concrete jungle.




would i be wasting gas if i drove somewhere???

should i get elsa booties since she will be running in the street and there maybe nails and glass and sorts?







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Old 10-15-2008, 08:20 PM   #5
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I would take a test run on the route you are taking just to see if there is a lot of road debris. Booties are great, but they can be a source of greater discomfort (depending upon the type) in warmer climates or areas were debris can get caught in the fabric of the booties. If you take it slow, monitor the area where you bike/run her, you shouldn't need the booties.

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Old 10-15-2008, 08:54 PM   #6
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seems your question has been answered. All I can add is that biking with your dog is very fullfilling, I do it with my pooch and its a great way to get that energy out. Unfortunately I have popped another tire, for the third time, so biking is out of the questions for me. In that sense, a word of advice.... get anti-pop tires...they help
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Old 11-15-2008, 05:58 PM   #7
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I run my huskies with the bike, sometimes 1 on a springer device @ side & sometimes both together @ the front pulling. I started off with short distances & built it up slowy, we do about 3 or 4 miles now. Is elsa a gsd? I would be careful biking with her if she is as they can suffer with sore hips . Your girl may be fine running like this though, i try to run mine on grassy areas as much as possible, not aklways possible though , if on tarmac i only trot them. It is great exercise for you & the dog though, i love it. A few pics of my 2 in front of bike as i haven't any of them next to bike on springer.







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