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    Beautiful Aussie, can't really help but it sounds like she is trying to "herd" the bikes now

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    Yeah, part of the problem with winter is that she doesn't see bikes very often, so when she does she completely loses it.

    We were at the offleash park on the weekend playing around for an hour, and then a bike went by, and she was gooooooone. Flat out sprint for two blocks with the full intention of taking the guy down (but luckily she doesn't understand chainlink). So frustrating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Anyone have tips on getting herding dogs to calm down around bikes?
    Beautiful dog.

    My female Border/Aussie is also bad about wanting to chase. She worse with skateboarders than she is with bikes. I found that the best thing to do is to get her attention before she sees them, not always easy to do though. She won't chase bikes while I'm out biking (other than me), but if I'm walking her on a bike trail, I have to be vigilant.

    When I'm out on the trail she will come back to me when she knows a bike is coming. My other dog likes to just stand in the way. One training trick that I used is to make the dogs sit whenever anyone comes by me. They get used to knowing that this is what they are suppose to do, so chasing isn't an option. I can't praise treats as rewards enough.

    Another trick my dog has developed is that she bites my right foot whenever I start riding. It would probably freak someone else out, but after 4 years of it, I've learned to live with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Yeah, part of the problem with winter is that she doesn't see bikes very often, so when she does she completely loses it.

    We were at the offleash park on the weekend playing around for an hour, and then a bike went by, and she was gooooooone. Flat out sprint for two blocks with the full intention of taking the guy down (but luckily she doesn't understand chainlink). So frustrating.
    This will probably require some on-leash work around bikes to teach her she has to ignore them; solicit friends on bikes of necessary and correct her when the bike first gets her attention (alerts to it), not when she is already chasing it, as that is to late to penetrate her "crazy place". I would not even let her look at another bike. Also reward behavior you want, such as sitting/looking at you when a bike goes by. An outlet for appropriate herding can also help, try a herding clinic or lesson if you have anything nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    This will probably require some on-leash work around bikes to teach her she has to ignore them
    In the commute threads I've mentioned that there's a bridge in town that's a bike bottleneck, and I'm planning on spending some time camped out there with her.

    Sadly no local herding, but there's a place a few hours away that we're going to try this summer.

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    Looking forward to working more with turning oakley, my boarder collie/lab mix, into a trail dog this upcoming riding season. Hes pretty skiddish, but have been working with him off leash on hikes, which hes been great with. Going to slowly bring my bike back into the mix and then onto multiple bikes.... His most recent picture:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nyrangerfan222 View Post
    Looking forward to working more with turning oakley, my boarder collie/lab mix, into a trail dog this upcoming riding season. Hes pretty skiddish, but have been working with him off leash on hikes, which hes been great with. Going to slowly bring my bike back into the mix and then onto multiple bikes.... His most recent picture:
    That is a fine looking hound. So serious and thoughtful. 8-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Anyone have tips on getting herding dogs to calm down around bikes?
    You might try a backpack since herding dogs are a working breed.

    I have a Border Collie/ Aussie mix that I got from a farm when she was a pup, I got her a Ruffwear Singletrack backpack for when I take her hiking. It does wonders to calm her down and get her to focus. It puts her into "work mode"

    She gets bad anxiety also and for those times I have a Thundershirt for her, ends up doing the same thing to her.




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    ^ thanks for that. We got her a backpack last fall, but still haven't used it. I'll have to dig it back out. (We did try a thundershirt on her a few times, and she seemed immune...although it did make her look hilarious)

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ thanks for that. We got her a backpack last fall, but still haven't used it. I'll have to dig it back out. (We did try a thundershirt on her a few times, and she seemed immune...although it did make her look hilarious)
    My dog was pissed when I put her thundershirt on for the first time, but oddly she loves having her backpack on. Probably because she knows it means we are going out for a few hours.

    I found the thundershirt only works if it's on before she starts getting crazy, otherwise she just goes nuts with a funny pink shirt on.

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    Beatiful morning in Denmark. We are starting to agree on how to run next to me in the leash

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    Here's my MTbing buddy, after a long downhill.


    Here's my yellow, he's 7 and we recently found out he's got hip dysplasia with pretty bad arthritis in his right hip. No more running for him, but he's still my backpacking buddy.




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    I am building a custom bike for my son so i made some custom headbadges with his dog on it.

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    This is amazing. Good job.
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    Gotta buzz him, getting too warm for his winter coat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. 68 Hundred View Post

    Gotta buzz him, getting too warm for his winter coat.
    My black dog overheats easily, so I got her trimmed on Friday. On Saturday's ride, I had a hard time keeping her warm.






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    From yesterday

    My dog Sebastian riding along with my buddy one some lightly snow-covered trails at Bavington.

    First time out yet this year and he did 10 miles like it was nothing.

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    Re: Dogs with Passion

    Hoping to calm my best bud Ovie down a bit this upcoming season... Would love to get him out on the trails with me. Any suggestions on getting him more comfortable with me on my bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoban View Post
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    What'd ya do, run the poor guy over? Look at that tire track right up his hind end!!

    I'm jealous of you guys. I've got a Newf who would love to go and run with me until his heart or joints just exploded. Obviously I can't take a giant dog like that on long fast (well, somewhat fast) jaunts. And I've got a Springer who's not quite playing with a full deck. One of the most loving dogs I've had, just not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, so taking her off leash would be an adventure!

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    that picture says it all about her character

    solving the anxiety issue is all about distracting them on to something else - work, play, friends - and eventually familiarity and confidence win through ...

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    Fall racing getting ready for winter

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    Quote Originally Posted by mntbikejim View Post
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    How fun!! LOVE IT!

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    Love riding with Rita, she never fails to amaze how she can happily run 25km of single track faster than I can ride it, then recover quicker than me! Dogs and bikes are an awesome mix!
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    Man, those are some super fit pups you've got there. What breed(s) are they? How hard was the learning curve on that? Can see the potential for serious spills when the dogs are absolutely fresh and flat out if you're new to this. I've thought of buying harnesses for my 5 little dogs (20-32lbs) and hooking them up to help burn their energy and keep them fit. As is right now I "walk" them on the bike as I just can't walk fast enough for them to get good exercise and I don't run

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