Post # 1
So I usually ask Google before I post a thread but I really didn’t turn up the kind of results I wanted. I’m curious to know the steps to train your dog to run beside you while rollerblading.
I have a blue heeler/airdale terrier (maybe?) mix and she is very athletic. we used to work on a farm together and she was with me for eight hours a day, running, chasing horses, playing with other farm dogs, and exploring. Now she’s stuck at home, sleeping with me during the day (I work nights) and sleeping with DH at night. I bring her to the dog park daily and play frisbee for at least an hr and a half but she’s getting frustrated and destroying things at home.
I am a HORRIBLE runner so that’s not an option, and I don’t have a bike. I thought maybe rollerblading would be good to keep up with her, and shape up my buns as well! DH thinks it’s a horrible idea and that she will drag me into the woods after a squirrel but I need to exercise her and this seems like the best I can do.
all I’ve found are articles that say to make sure your dog keeps your pace, stops on command, and stays to one side. Any other good commands to learn? And if you do this with your dog, what was the process like?
Post # 2
I dont really know how to train, my dogs would not do well haha but I know you can get special leads for bikes to stop them from going too close to the wheels. Maybe something like that would help?
Post # 3
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 # 4
She doesn’t pull, but she does walk out ahead of me. She has a pretty good leave it and no, and she usually comes back to me when I call (if she’s on the retractable leash.) she does need some crisper leash manners though if I’m going to be on wheels! And I’d want her beside me, ideally. So she could possibly run on the grass and not hurt her pads.
Aaand yeah, I haven’t been on rollerblades in years! I’d have to buy some and practice alone first. its why I’m doing research on how easy it is to train them to do this, because I’d have to invest in the rollerblades And I wouldn’t want to do that if this isn’t a good idea lol
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
JiminyCricket: well there’s always a risk, that’s why id like to do some good training before then (if I end up going for this.) I see people doing it all the time at the park so it’s attainable somehow!
Post # 8
I think you’d really just need to practice heeling and make sure she has a good “stop” or “wait” command.
Post # 9
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.