How to train your dog to run with you while rollerblading?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My first question to you is, how is she on regular walks? Does she pull? Does she listen if you tell her to stop/leave it/drop it/etc? If she cannot heel and follow these commands, I’d be hesitant to start with roller blades. If she can follow these commands and doesn’t pull on the leash then perhaps you can start training with roller blades. 

I would not do it alone. Make sure your husband is there with you in the beginning. You want to get her used to being around you with roller blades on first. Adding in a strange element like that can freak dogs out. Start just in the driveway/street (with no cars around). See if she can go a few paces with you and stop when you instruct her to. You can have your husband call her to him. 

Do not let her pull you down! If she yanks, let go of the leash. You need to stop that behavior, but do not risk getting injured. That’s why I recommend your husband. He can make sure to keep track of the dog if you have to release the leash. 

Also, how well versed are you on roller blades? If you are unsteady at all, I’d practice your skills before getting a dog involved. <br /><br />

These are just my 2 cents. Good luck!

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I think it can be a great tool to allow her some energy release. But you just have to be smart about it (which it sounds like you are!). 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t know anything about dogs but this sounds really unsafe.  What if she takes off running after something and makes you fall/lose control and get hurt?

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you’d really just need to practice heeling and make sure she has a good “stop” or “wait” command.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Equine_Breeder:  I really don’t think this is a good idea. Especially if she is used to being able to chase other animals- she could kick in to prey drive and drag you, an if she gets free from you, you will be unable to run through grass ect to get her.

There are other factors- cracks on concrete, does she get distracted by other dogs, wanting to sniff..ect that could make it dangerous for you

If you are deadset on this, I would get a professional trainer.

If she is being cooped up at home you could look into other safer options for exersize- long walks, mental games ( they tire pups out) doggie daycare, hire someone to come and walk her during the day…I just think rollerblading by itself is pretty precarious. A  bike would be a better option- they arent that expensive, and you can get a used one too.

 

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