I guess I did it a bit unconventionally, but then again, I didn't have any other dogs around to "instruct" the dog I wanted to bring on rides.
I already knew my mare ponied well, so I attached a long lead rope to the dog [who was initially terrified of my horse - for him, the fact that he was close to my mare..but she was ignoring him, was enough for him to get over his fear since he was a "ignore me and I'll be fine"-type. Once he realized she could run faster than him and they could "race"..oh boy, he was sollllld] +held it like I would if I were ponying a horse, and off we went. We stuck to a walk, maybe a few steps of slow trot, for that first ride and on the way home, since the dog was tired [and therefore more likely to stay close], I let the dog go off leash.
After that, I just shortened the amount of time the dog was initially being "ponied" and extended the amount of time he was off-leash.
It did take him a while to realize that "come"/"sit"/etc still meant "come"/etc whether I was on a horse or on the ground. That, however, was easily remedied by a single ride where I carried treats in my pocket and tossed treats off my horse to him when he responded correctly [of course, it helped that he was utterly under control when I was off the horse].
Anyway, that dog unfortunately died of old age a couple of years ago, but, by his death, he was a fabulous riding companion. My mare even grew attached to him [or, at least, she seemed to enjoy having him crashing through the woods around us on rides]. I have fond memories of cantering along, looking back to make sure he was keeping up, and seeing him galloping at top speed behind us with a HUGE doggy smile on his face. :)
I was even able to train him to use the stirrup to hold himself up so I could attach his leash, when the need arose [other people on the trail, etc], without dismounting.
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 01-18-2014 at 11:31 PM.