|Barked: Sun Oct 20, '13 6:38pm PST |
|So I see this guy and girl today biking with their dogs while I was out gardening. Both are holding the leashes in their hand, both are attached to dogs' collars, no harness . . . . (I've always heard you should attach to a harness to avoid neck, spinal injuries that could happen with the extra torque if anything should go awry in biking.)
The guy yells out to the girl, "You need to go faster, he's not running--he needs to run!" The dog was trotting, but she sped up and got him into a lope.
I saw them pass by me twice as I was out there, still running in a matter of 30 minutes. One of the dogs was a bit overweight. At some point they changed dogs out and the guy had a springer spaniel on a prong collar! The springer was pulling to the side and he was tugging on the lead and talking sharply, "Quit pulling!"
I wanted to stop them and ask exactly what they were training for and if they were keeping a training log of their mileage . .. . .
I don't have a lot of experience with dog biking, but I thought it was ideal to let them trot at their own pace, . . .. running certainly looked like an unbalanced way for the dog to train--I don't think it's natural for a dog to sprint for very long in a straight line at any rate. . . I could see even some running, but this guy seemed to be of a mind that they MUST run the whole time . ..
But worse, I suspect a task master like this guy probably doesn't have a good handle on dog physiology and has some mistaken ideas about how far and how soon is o.k. to push his dogs . ...
It's one thing to push yourself in any cavalier or grueling manner you choose, but it makes me cringe when I see people who aren't extremely cautious and thoughtful in exercising their dogs, when they choose a form like biking where they aren't working hard and feeling what the dog is feeling.
Edited by author Sun Oct 20, '13 6:40pm PST
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