|Barked: Tue Oct 22, '13 4:49pm PST |
|Whoa, Sasha! Making their dog chase them in their car?!! That's cruel--poor dogs probably think they're getting left behind!
Probably it would be ideal if you could bike somewhere and not have to have the dog attached, but that's not always practical.
Not sure if these dogs were loving it or not . . .. I'm not against people biking with their dogs at all, but I think if you're trying to get the energy out, like say a border collie or aussie---it would be far better to take them somewhere they can sprint in big runs and circles, like chasing frisbees, etc. I don't think a bike ride really can really replicate the physics of a true dog sprint , with the turns and terrain . .and really you'd have to go scary fast (for me anyway) to keep up with some dogs' top speed. With a lot of high energy breeds, it's their minds that need to be worked as much as their bodies to get them to settle.
I know with horses if people would try to work a horse until it was tired thinking that would calm it and make it easier to handle, it could in the short run, but eventually the horse gets fitter and more stamina and soon you've got a super fit animal on your hands that still isn't necessarily trained or mentally settled. I'd expect you could do that with a high energy breed if you didn't give him mental exercise too.
I think too it may be under appreciated how much mental stimulation is involved in a couple miles of getting to sniff and investigate the environment for a dog. I know sometimes mine come home very satisfied and in a mood to nap even just walking.
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