Monday, 10 December 2018

Line training with Byker

New gear day.  New canicross belt (the foam padded style that was popular years ago), new single towline, and even a running harness for Byker.  I'll have to do a bit more of this, canicross style line training just with Byker.  as he get's older, it's becoming more difficult to exercise the three dogs together:

Before anyone complains, yes I know that he's a young dog, and I'm certainly not thrashing him - I'm too out of condition for that to even be possible by Cani-X.  I hope to gradually get fitter, as he gets older and bigger.

But doesn't he look smart in his new rainbow running harness:

And it's not all work and training.  Because he's young, even during these sessions, I let him have a run around, and an explore, while practicing a little recall and basic training.  After all, that's the point of having a doggy dog like a pointer cross, rather than a siberian husky.  You can throw a stick for them, let them run around, and even expect them to safely recall.

So here he was today, having some fun with a er.. rather large staffie?  I'm sure that's what it was, but she was game for some fun with my little Kung Foo Fighter:

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Inspirational Bikejor and Dog Mushing Video

Byker's first bikejor

Just a short, gentle go infront of the bike today, on the line.  My socialisation with Byker to seeing me on the bike, has worked a treat so far.  He clearly now sees a bicycle as an asset.  He enjoys doing his Dalmatian heritage thing, running out in front of the bike off line, occasionally darting to the side to sniff or pee - then catching up (I really don't try to cycle fast), and overtaking.

After our training session today, I then took the Staff X's out for some recreational bikejoring fun:

Not a bad day's work.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Letting dogs be dogs

Just dog walking today, through the woods, all three dogs.  I notice that they all perk up when we reach forestry.  They love running through the undergrowth.  At one point I saw Byker reaching up, sniffing the air, he had a scent.  Other times it's tag - usually Byker hunting down Dixie or maybe Dollar if he fails to keep his distance.

A part of growing up, of developing that pup, is just letting it explore, have fun, be a dog.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Bikejor today

Grabbed the chance at a recreational bikejor today with the staffies, Dollar and Dixie.  Earlier though, I gave Byker another bicycle socialisation session:

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Dances with Deer

Awesome Youtube video where a small herd of red deer impact with a competitor team on a bikejor race.

Years ago with Wolfy and Belle, we were joring next to a tall fence when a large hind leapt over top of it - into our path.  She then ran in front of us for a hundred yards or so, before heading into a forestry compartment.  Amazing experience.

Monday, 19 November 2018

5 mile bikejor with the Staffs.

So then I took the Staffies out for a nice 5 mile bikejor...