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    ^I should add that I am talking about light boned medium herding/working breeds. I have a friend who takes his chihuahua on 5-10 mile rides, however, and Chica loves it! I'm not advocating abuse or stupidity, but pups are designed to run with their pack from a very young age. Like I said about third hand advice from non-users...
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    Stella the Sammy

    Haven't posted here in a while. This girl loves trails, but requires some puppy grooming in the spring/summer to keep from overheating. Typical musher, she needs to be in front. This can be aggravating when other riders are around, especially Stravassholes. She's my inspiration and never says no to a ride, any weather or any time of day/night.

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    little frosty out today

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    Quote Originally Posted by tims5377 View Post
    Starting small and building slowly! Long and often is bad for pups, especially large breeds. Small breeds growth plates close more quickly also.
    This makes so much sense. Puppies and young dogs have an abundance of energy and no internal governor. They will literally run until they drop or are too injured to keep going. It's up to the owner to exercise commonsense and restraint.

    Vets are in the long game and care for dogs throughout their life spans; they see the kinds of problems later in a dogs life that arise from early over use.

    Also, there was a remark upthread about how dogs and wolves are evolved to run, so I checked in with google, because it does't make sense from an energy stand point to go at run speeds for long periods of time, but a walk or slow trot can be sustained all day.

    Here's a quote from wolfworlds.com:
    They [wolves] can run up to 35 miles per hour for short periods of time. This can be up to 20 minutes. Most of the time though they are found to move at a slow pace of about 5 miles per hour.
    For comparison, an average human walking speed is a bit over 3 mph.

    So for people taking their pups with them when they ride, the speed they are riding could be a factor in how good (or bad) it is for a young dog or puppy.

    Again, according to google, large breeds take around 15 months to mature; smaller breeds can hit maturity as early as 9 months.

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    Big scenery, fat tires, stumpy legs, long ears, still no snow

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    First ride outside of the driveway, a bit of mostly fireroad for a couple of miles out/back and a short ST section, she handled it beautifully, sat in front when I stopped to give her some water. Couldn't have asked for more, but find out for sure if any ground squirrels pop out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjmilin View Post
    ad but here's my trail dog - a siberian husky named Odin.
    Here's my Odin. He doesn't run very fast or go cycling though, he just sleeps and waits for me to return.

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    Someone call the ASPCA this dog is clearly abused

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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Dude... ^^^

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    Lola takin' a break today.

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    And waiting for dad to get ready lol.

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    some weird crazed desert dweller.

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    Eugene, that last shot is gold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    LOL
    Eugene, that last shot is gold.
    For a sec I thought he was biting on it. Lol cool shot!
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    Ya she was getting bored waiting for me to finish a sausage biscuit

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    some weird crazed desert dweller.

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    LMAO Come on man, or I'm dragging the bike to the trail BTW, beautiful pup
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    And waiting for dad to get ready lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    LMAO Come on man, or I'm dragging the bike to the trail BTW, beautiful pup
    Thanks! She's a total goober too.
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    I used to have one that looked a lot like that:

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    Lived 15 years, which is good for a Golden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
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    Lived 15 years, which is good for a Golden.
    Wow even has the same crazy ears lol they could be twins! Yep 15 is real good, we lost our last Golden a little over a year ago at 15 also, she was a trooper until the very end. Awesome dogs.
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    My girls are too small to go running around the trail much, but they still have passion.
    Anytime they see the BOB trailer or their baskets, there's no getting them out of it no matter where it goes.
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    You've got to be kidding me, they're plenty big enough to put in at least a few miles, just ride at a pace to suit and take lots of rest stops. My little guy is only 28-30lbs, Corgy build, chest almost touching the ground and he used to do 3-5 miles of good trail with me, you might be surprised how much/far they can go if you give them the chance

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    My girls are too small to go running around the trail much, but they still have passion.
    Anytime they see the BOB trailer or their baskets, there's no getting them out of it no matter where it goes.
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    Night passion

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    My puppy is just a little over two years old. Yesterday was the first time I decided he was safe enough to go on our first bike ride together. I've never seen him so happy.

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    My puppy is just a little over two years old. Yesterday was the first time I decided he was safe enough to go on our first bike ride together. I've never seen him so happy.
    Yep, being off leash and running with their master is the best thing you could do for a dog. They really do live a longer life because they are happy instead of being cooped up or leashed for a walk around the block on occasion like unfortunately most dogs destiny is.
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    ^DJ, you hit the nail on the head. Dogs are so intelligent and joyful and capable, yet their masters think differently and condemn them to a life of boredom or worse. I remember your dog, the black and white bc/dobie mix, looked pretty happy in the pics I've seen. Always smile when I think of that pic with him behind your bike on a bridge.
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    She just keeps getting better riding off leash from day one! Starting to know trails and lead uphill now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsieb View Post
    ^DJ, you hit the nail on the head. Dogs are so intelligent and joyful and capable, yet their masters think differently and condemn them to a life of boredom or worse. I remember your dog, the black and white bc/dobie mix, looked pretty happy in the pics I've seen. Always smile when I think of that pic with him behind your bike on a bridge.
    Thanks, yeah, I think we as humans owning any pet itís our responsibility to make sure they enjoy life to itís fullest. Running them off leash is the least we could do. I understand most people just walk them around a block due to a busy life and time restraints. But everyone has some time off. That time should be spent driving to the closest desolate area and let them enjoy being off leash. Running free is in every dogs blood itís up to us to allow it at the very least on occasion. Nothing made Bandit happier than going off leash. No matter where I took him, if it made sense thatís how we rolled.

    SoCal_Jack, your pup is looking happy and content.
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    Dogs with Passion

    I met my wife when her lab was six, he is now my dog and is almost 14. I used to walk all over SF with him off leash and never have him on a leash on the trails. He is almost def now so I worry walking in town but on the trails he's the best. Still can go 4 miles a few times a week if its cold and I have water and snacks for him.
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    ^ And he likes beer.


    Great shot and itís good to hear he ended up in a good home.
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    He's pushing 14, but still can't wait to get out:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
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    ^Looks like a good one! Guarding your vintage? I guess I can't remember that far back.
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    man...makes me miss my guy of 12 years. he passed a year ago, but I remember the days of puppy alertness like they were still happening...awesome!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Thanks, yeah, I think we as humans owning any pet itís our responsibility to make sure they enjoy life to itís fullest. Running them off leash is the least we could do. I understand most people just walk them around a block due to a busy life and time restraints. But everyone has some time off. That time should be spent driving to the closest desolate area and let them enjoy being off leash. Running free is in every dogs blood itís up to us to allow it at the very least on occasion. Nothing made Bandit happier than going off leash. No matter where I took him, if it made sense thatís how we rolled.

    SoCal_Jack, your pup is looking happy and content.
    Sodog holds her leash and walks her self and no I did not teach her she just gathers the leash up and walks with us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gooseberry1 View Post
    Sodog holds her leash and walks her self and no I did not teach her she just gathers the leash up and walks with us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gooseberry1 View Post
    Sodog holds her leash and walks her self and no I did not teach her she just gathers the leash up and walks with us.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gooseberry1 View Post
    Sodog holds her leash and walks her self and no I did not teach her she just gathers the leash up and walks with us.


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    She is a great trail dog but does have a few screws loose but she has some big shoes to fill and I love her being my friend. Goose was one of a kind and did her job no questions asked.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gooseberry1 View Post
    She is a great trail dog but does have a few screws loose but she has some big shoes to fill and I love her being my friend. Goose was one of a kind and did her job no questions asked.


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    Good looking cattle dog, mine has a few loose screws as well but is a good dog majority of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gooseberry1 View Post
    She is a great trail dog but does have a few screws loose but she has some big shoes to fill and I love her being my friend. Goose was one of a kind and did her job no questions asked.

    Sorry for your loss but obviously another great pup from what youíve posted. Iíve seen other cattle dogs carrying their leash like that. I always thought it was a taught trick but it must be something in their breed that was taught generations back. Cattle dogs are one of the smartest breeds though, maybe they are just smart enough to catch on to the leash possibly snagging as it drags behind.
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    Sorry for your loss but obviously another great pup from what youíve posted. Iíve seen other cattle dogs carrying their leash like that. I always thought it was a taught trick but it must be something in their breed that was taught generations back. Cattle dogs are one of the smartest breeds though, maybe they are just smart enough to catch on to the leash possibly snagging as it drags behind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Sorry for your loss but obviously another great pup from what youíve posted. Iíve seen other cattle dogs carrying their leash like that. I always thought it was a taught trick but it must be something in their breed that was taught generations back. Cattle dogs are one of the smartest breeds though, maybe they are just smart enough to catch on to the leash possibly snagging as it drags behind.
    I think you are correct and she just does not like anything trailing her. I will get a video of her gathering it up itís kind of spastic.


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