Does anyone else take their dog too?

Vantage

The dogs chew toy
I have a cheapo rip-off of the WalkyDog for my bike. It allows Tara to walk/run alongside me without
A: Pulling me off the bike in a spectacular cloud of fluff and steel and
B: Her running into the side of the bike and so causing a spectacular cloud of fluff and steel.
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I am after a doggy trailer though as I quite fancy taking her on longer rides (10 miles wears her out) and maybe touring :blink:
 
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Skanker

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Walton on Thames
I was looking into a trailer for my mutt to as she can’t even walk along without cutting me up or wandering off in some random direction.
She has had me over on many occasions when we go out running together and is always barging me into posts, walls, shop windows, etc.
If I ride with her on a lead it will end in catastrophe before we even get started!
 

Vantage

The dogs chew toy
If I ride with her on a lead it will end in catastrophe before we even get started!
This is where the walkydog comes in handy. It fixes to the seatpost and shoot out to the side about 3ft/1m and has an elasticated nylon strap to which the mutt is attached.
It's surprising how much safer this is compared to having the lead directly hanging from the handlebar or your hand. Tara can still cause the bike to sway a bit but it takes serious effort from her and she cannot get in front of the bikes wheels.
The only difference I can see in my cheapo walkydog is that the pole screws onto the bracket rather than using a quick release mechanism. No biggy. Best £20 odd I ever spent on dog stuff.
 

Skanker

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Location
Walton on Thames
This is where the walkydog comes in handy. It fixes to the seatpost and shoot out to the side about 3ft/1m and has an elasticated nylon strap to which the mutt is attached.
It's surprising how much safer this is compared to having the lead directly hanging from the handlebar or your hand. Tara can still cause the bike to sway a bit but it takes serious effort from her and she cannot get in front of the bikes wheels.
The only difference I can see in my cheapo walkydog is that the pole screws onto the bracket rather than using a quick release mechanism. No biggy. Best £20 odd I ever spent on dog stuff.
I have a running lead very similar to that, it is fixed around my waist and has an elastic section.
Problem is my dog is a 40kg Akita with an insane prey drive, and she has plenty of power and speed to drag me over using that if she goes into hunt and chase mode during our runs. She also likes to be a twat and purposely go the opposite side passed lampposts, etc.
I’d prefer not to find out if she can pull me off my bike, as if she decided to overtake me or change direction, I’ll end up riding backwards!
I don’t think I can cycle as fast as she can run, definitely not on the towpath where I take her.
 

Vantage

The dogs chew toy
I have a running lead very similar to that, it is fixed around my waist and has an elastic section.
Problem is my dog is a 40kg Akita with an insane prey drive, and she has plenty of power and speed to drag me over using that if she goes into hunt and chase mode during our runs. She also likes to be a twat and purposely go the opposite side passed lampposts, etc.
I’d prefer not to find out if she can pull me off my bike, as if she decided to overtake me or change direction, I’ll end up riding backwards!
I don’t think I can cycle as fast as she can run, definitely not on the towpath where I take her.
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Skanker

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Location
Walton on Thames
I have seen a purpose built trailer for dogs behind a motorbike in mabelthorpe a few times, bubble windows !
I have just seen a guy in town with a nice little trailer on his motorbike that would be perfect size for a dog, no bubble windows though, just a tarp cover.
Not sure my dog would be impressed under a tarp being towed by my GSX though.
I better stick to looking for a cycle trailer!
 

Skanker

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Location
Walton on Thames
So glad I walked my dog and didn’t have her attached to my bike this morning.
Just had some posh clueless woman running with her dog off lead and her dog began to rush toward me and my Akita (who luckily was having a training walk and was in short lead and halti). It was inches away from the loss of her dogs face and if I had been on my bike it would have been game over!
The trailer seems a better idea than a lead/bike attachment more and more now!
Even a lone cyclist without a dog would have been knocked off their bike by that woman’s untrained dog and her ignorance to other people.
The woman just smiled and said good boy to her dog, WTF?
 

Skanker

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Location
Walton on Thames
Perhaps a muzzle would be a wise precaution in public?
Perhaps a lead for the woman’s untrained dog would be better!
I have leads, halti, muzzle and training. My Akita was protecting me, it’s what they do!
I’m in complete control of my dog!
Why should I muzzle my dog because she doesn’t control hers?
 

newfhouse

Elitist lefty
Location
CR8
Perhaps a lead for the woman’s untrained dog would be better!
Both would seem sensible. It’s a fact of life that we come across the unexpected when we are in public with our dogs. If we can’t trust them to not overreact then it is up to us to mitigate the risk.
 

Skanker

Well-Known Member
Location
Walton on Thames
My dog is not aggressive, it is well trained and well socialised.
Also my ability to control my dog and the fact I pay 100% attention to what she is doing at all times is what prevented any conflict between the dogs.
If other people done the same with their dogs there wouldn’t be any issues to worry about!
Even if I was just riding my bike without my dog, hers would have caused an accident!
 
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