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Q. I'm interested in biking with my GSD, but I'm worried about him lunging and pulling the bike over when he sees a rabbit, fox, deer, etc. What is your experience with this?
Hi Cindy,

I watched the video with you and Rush and really liked the idea of exercising him with the bike. I have a GSD that weighs 98 pounds, is very fit and has high prey drive. In your experience, do you think this will be a major concern if I were to try this form of exercise? Have any of your dogs lunged and pulled the bike over when they saw a rabbit, fox, deer, etc.?

My dog has done intermediate level obedience, knows "attention heeling" and is generally good on leash but the animal chasing has not been resolved.

I appreciate any insight you can provide.

Kind regards

A. My dogs ignore distractions like animals, other dogs and people. I would not ride my bike with a 98 pound dog that isn’t trained to these distractions. If you can’t take your dog for a regular walk and have him ignore wildlife and keep focus on you, then I’d be worried about moving at high speeds and trying to maintain control.

For ME, a dog that is likely to lunge is not a dog I’m going to be biking with until he’s trained properly. I’m getting too old to hit the dirt. There are times we are moving at 20 MPH, you want your dog to be focused and on task.

Cindy Rhodes
  
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