Trail Dogs Rule

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5/20/2016 10:44 AM

Going on a ride with your best friend is always a blast, especially when that friend has four legs and fur.

I've been lucky enough to have two trail dogs over the years, Bowser and Goose. We got Bowser when he was already 6 years old. He's an old man now and doesn't come along anymore but the younger pup, Goose, now comes for the ride and can hang even in some pretty fast and steep downhill worthy trails. I try not to take her down anything too gnarly because her breed has known knee problems, but she'd go for it if I'd let her.



That's Bowser on the left and Goose on the right.



Goose at my favorite trail.

Check out these videos of other trail dogs and post up your own.







A video posted by Tyler Custer (@tylercuster424) on


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5/20/2016 11:19 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/21/2016 3:17 PM

This is Strider. He's a catahoula leopard mix and needs a solid eight plus miles a day or he's bouncing off the walls.

Occasionally we'll throw a GPS tracker in his pack to see how fast and far he goes (loves those bunnies and squirrels). Tops out at around 28-30mph. The dude is fast!




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5/21/2016 8:07 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/21/2016 8:11 AM

This is Cleo, she is a 6 1/2 year old Boxer and Whippet mix. I'll readily admit that we adopted her after she was fully trained and I'll take no credit, but she has been an awesome trail dog since day one!








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5/21/2016 1:49 PM

I'm a dog lover and trail dogs are awesome, but it's imperative in my opinion that people are responsible when taking thier dog out riding. If they are not 100% properly trained they can be a danger to themselves and other riders. I've come across too many people who just ride and let the dog wander along basically unsupervised. Dogs are just out for a run, and they have no idea they are on a bike trail. They are not aware of trail etiquette or when they might be in the way. Like when to yeild to other riders or where trails cross etc. The last thing anyone wants to do is get messed up because your dog caused an accident or worse yet hurt your dog.

Also be in tune with the dog and how it's feeling. Don't just assume what the dog is feeling. It's easy to just see how excited the dog might gets when it sees its going for a ride and think the dog loves it. Or see that the dog is willing to follow you for 12 miles and think the dog is enjoying my itself. But just remember that they are dogs, which are very loyal creatures and all they want to do is please thier master most of the time. They aren't going to say no to going with you or stop in the middle of the trail and let you know they are tired or hurting. They will follow you anywhere.

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5/21/2016 5:22 PM

I call trail dogs 'speed bumps'. Leave your mutt at home where it belongs.

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5/23/2016 12:39 AM

I completely understand why people like trail dogs.

But when I take my dogs out I'm doing it for them, not taking them along on something I want to do... i take a ball, let them swim and allow them to enjoy the experience. Sometimes they just want to have a good old explore and sniff other dog butts.

I'm always quite sad when I see dogs taken out to do something that is more for their owner... Runners are just as bad.
If you're not focussed on your dog(s) then you're doing it wrong.

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5/23/2016 2:13 AM

Once or twice a week I take our dog, Aili out for a spin. She's a lapponian herder and needs a lot of both physical and mental activities or she will be more than a handfull to deal with. She's not that old yet so we don't go fast or long. And I ride my singlespeed hardtail so its more of a fast walk with sections of running, than a proper ride. She also joins in when I go running or skiing in the winter (she loves snow). But always at a slower pace and not for too long. And she's always on a leash, except when we go skitouring, then shes on a leash on the way up but off the leash on the way down.

In sweden we have what's called "allemansrätt" which means that you're allowed to walk and ride everywhere (pretty much) which means that everyone that uses the trails have to show respect and not behave like assholes. That means that it's not a problem to ride with your dog, cat, bunny och kid anywhere you want. If someone is bothered by you being in their way cause they're chasing a KOM, it's their problem. Not yours.



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5/23/2016 12:33 PM

Bud Green wrote:

I call trail dogs 'speed bumps'. Leave your mutt at home where it belongs.

You win Douchiest Post of the Year Award, which is quite an accomplishment considering some of the posters in most MTB forums. Congrats!

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They call 'em fingers, but I've never seen 'em fing.

5/23/2016 1:46 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/24/2016 9:22 AM

My trail bud is Emcee, a collie/shepherd mix. She was a stray for 10 months till we rescued her and we got lucky. Awesome temperament, loves to hit the trail and explore the forest. She really took to being around bikes nicely and anyone that rides with me is always impressed with how she will get out of the way quickly if you catch her.



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5/23/2016 2:07 PM

I remember an Instagram/Facebook/Whatever it was post of Zink's dog belly scrubbing a roller in slo-mo,
it looked so freaking cool.
I tried to dig up the pic but couldn't find it

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5/24/2016 8:18 AM

This is my speed bump, I mean trail dog. A 9 year old Vizsla. He kicked my butt last night.

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5/24/2016 3:52 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/24/2016 3:53 PM

TimBud wrote:

I completely understand why people like trail dogs.

But when I take my dogs out I'm doing it for them, not taking them along on something I want to do... i take a ball, let them swim and allow them to enjoy the experience. Sometimes they just want to have a good old explore and sniff other dog butts.

I'm always quite sad when I see dogs taken out to do something that is more for their owner... Runners are just as bad.
If you're not focussed on your dog(s) then you're doing it wrong.

You realize there is a chance they might actually like what they are doing out there with you? Just like, say, if you have a girlfriend who rides and enjoys it just as much.

Tucker gets super pumped at the site of a helmet. Like starts spazzing out running around like you just gave him $1 million doggy dollars.

Tucker The Dog vs Jeff The Bike Rider | Gimbal | Mountain Biking Parallel Trail Jackson, WY from Earlyups.com on Vimeo.


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5/25/2016 5:45 AM

TimBud wrote:

I completely understand why people like trail dogs.

But when I take my dogs out I'm doing it for them, not taking them along on something I want to do... i take a ball, let them swim and allow them to enjoy the experience. Sometimes they just want to have a good old explore and sniff other dog butts.

I'm always quite sad when I see dogs taken out to do something that is more for their owner... Runners are just as bad.
If you're not focussed on your dog(s) then you're doing it wrong.

I guess it depends on what breed you have. But Aili wont do things she finds boring just to please me. If she doesn't want to go biking, running or whatever she won't. She'll sit her ass down and wait for me to give up and go home.

Or like we went XC-skiing this winter:


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5/25/2016 10:57 AM

jeff.brines wrote:

You realize there is a chance they might actually like what they are doing out there with you? Just like, say, if you have a girlfriend who rides and enjoys it just as much.

Tucker gets super pumped at the site of a helmet. Like starts spazzing out running around like you just gave him $1 million doggy dollars.

Tucker The Dog vs Jeff The Bike Rider | Gimbal | Mountain Biking Parallel Trail Jackson, WY from Earlyups.com on Vimeo.


My dog gets pumped whenever I swing my leg over a bike, no matter what bike. Motorbike included. She gets disappointed when I ride off without her on that one.

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5/27/2016 2:05 AM

This is flash. He is addicted and can't get enough. He goes crazy at the slightest sign we are going riding.



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