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  • Mutts good on trail rides?

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    04-17-2012, 10:56 PM
  #41
Weanling
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Originally Posted by HagonNag    
Our dog comes with us on trail rides and isn't leashed. He's sort of a velcro dog. Black and tan, heeler and corgi. 95% of the time he stays right behind the last horse. He doesn't chase deer, rabbits, squirrels unless he actually stumbles upon them. Most of the time they are long gone before he gets there. He comes like a champ. 100% reliable.
I envy people like you. We have had several dogs over the years (have 3 now) and were never able to get a recall I was completely confident with. We have done agility, obedience and all kinds of activities/classes. Our dogs are very well trained, but we could never get that 100% recall.

Right now, we have a lab who is 100% most of the time... until he sees a bird, car, person, other dog... you name it.(Not to mention the possibility of a female in heat, where I think ANY recall would breakdown). Our corgi mix is worse - she picks up a scent and will disappear for hours. Our third dog (mutt) is probably 90%, but is also very protective so I wouldn't trust her loose with strangers approaching. The lab or mutt I would take trail riding only if I was on a secluded trail without the chance of running into people or being near a roadway.

Some years back I visited Vancouver, BC. This is a very dog-friendly city. I was amazed at how many people were walking through the busy city with unleashed dogs. The dogs were not distracted by any of the hustle and bustle - they just followed at their owners side as if they were the only two lifeforms around. Again, I envy people who can train their dogs like this.
     
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    04-20-2012, 08:59 AM
  #42
Yearling
Tazmanian Devil, You missed the last part of my post. I didn't train this dog. He came to us so beaten down, sick and disspirited, that he's been a joy to watch blossom. The first time I threw a stick for him, he cowered shaking and threw up. It took 6 months before the guys next door could touch him. It was a year before his tail and ears were routinely erect. I truly think he stays with us because we were the first people to be kind to him. (We got him at 2 yrs of age, heartworm positive, beaten, with an embedded collar scar. He had been a cruelty rescue and was going to be euthed at the local pound.) We ride a lot with Bill (IrideHorses) and he can tell you what a great dog he is. WE were just lucky that the dog I took pity on turned out to be a fantastic, gentle dog.
He has NO mean, he just submits...it's like he thinks whatever you hand out to him he must deserve. He was either that way to begin with, or someone completely destroyed him. I would like to have 10 minutes with his previous owners.
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    04-20-2012, 11:26 AM
  #43
Showing
I can vouch for him. I've never seen a more perfect dog for the trail. He usually rides behind the last rider in our group, never tries to pick up another set of riders - in fact he avoids others like the plague and most don't even know that there is a dog traveling with us.

He has tiny legs and because he likes to go off trail sometimes, he puts on more mileage then the horses do but is always ready for more.

I have my name on the list in case they ever have to give him up.
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    04-24-2012, 09:57 PM
  #44
Yearling
My dog knows horse trail etiquette and has Obedience I and II, AKC Good Canine Citizenship and Public Access training. She is excellent on the trails. If I ride into a hectic area (roads, dogs, etc.) she comes up in the saddle with me for all of our safety. This is the same dog who rides shotgun on my motorcycle with a safety harness. Training and exposure I would do BEFORE you put her on the trail with a horse(s). I trained her on trail etiquette using my mountain bike. Much safer.
     
    04-25-2012, 08:03 AM
  #45
Foal
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Originally Posted by SpiritLifter    
My dog knows horse trail etiquette and has Obedience I and II, AKC Good Canine Citizenship and Public Access training. She is excellent on the trails. If I ride into a hectic area (roads, dogs, etc.) she comes up in the saddle with me for all of our safety. This is the same dog who rides shotgun on my motorcycle with a safety harness. Training and exposure I would do BEFORE you put her on the trail with a horse(s). I trained her on trail etiquette using my mountain bike. Much safer.
I agree with this!! The only reason our dog didn't go through was because he lives on the dairy farm with us so he is around the cows and horses all the time. And he knows to stay with them. But as far as anyone else I would definitely recommend what SpiritLifter recommended!
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    05-01-2012, 09:08 PM
  #46
Yearling
I honestly do not think it is a good idea. A lot of things could go wrong. What if the dog gets kicked? Or, worse yet, what if the horse bolts? You can't very well drag your dog along by the neck, and he can't keep up. I would wait until he is better trained, and you do not need a leash.
     
    05-20-2013, 05:58 PM
  #47
Foal
Trail riding with dog

I rode with my Malamute on a leash attached to my horse for several years and never had a problem. We used the 25' retractable leash, so there was never any excess to get tangled. My horse was also very used to feeling the leash behind his rear, along his legs, and across his chest. I always turned my horse in a circle whenever it looked like we might possibly get tangled, and we simply 'unwound' ourselves.
Safety feature! Attach the leash handle to the saddle with a Velcro strap just in case
You need a quick release! I never needed to, but it is definitely a wise thing to do.
Now I am wondering how to take a small dog with me. I need to figure out a way to let him ride on the horse with me when he gets tired. There is no room for him in front of me. Large Chihuahua mix, too big for a saddle bag
     
    05-21-2013, 01:54 AM
  #48
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kkmurals    
Now I am wondering how to take a small dog with me. I need to figure out a way to let him ride on the horse with me when he gets tired. There is no room for him in front of me. Large Chihuahua mix, too big for a saddle bag
Something like one of those baby-carrying slings? Though I've seen a lot of fairly small dogs who could easily keep up with their bigger relatives.

FWIW, was out this weekend with 7 dogs between 3 humans/horses (none of them mine). 3 were recent (within a month or so) rescue dogs on their first or second rides, 2 of them half-grown pups. Everybody did just fine. I think I was the only one that was at all stressed...
     
    05-21-2013, 06:50 PM
  #49
Weanling
I have seen many dogs on trail rides, and none were on leashes. They ust follow the trail ride.
     
    05-26-2013, 12:07 AM
  #50
Weanling
I do not like dogs on trail rides at all. Unless the dog is extremely obedient. I've been out riding before and have had a dog attack my horse and I got seriously hurt. It's just made me wary seeing dogs that I don't know any where near me when I'm on a horse.
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