What makes a good trail dog?
As with mountain bikers, it really helps
if the dogs are built for the sport. They
should come from some sort of working
or sporting stock. It helps if they want to
stay with you, stay focused and aren’t too
easily distracted. Think about the dog from
the movie Up, and how he’d react to the
word “Squirrel!” He would probably not be
Your Perfect Trail Dog
a good trail dog because you wouldn’t
know when he was going to just take off.
You want a dog that is on point mentally
as well as physically. Short-muzzled
dogs, such as bulldogs, pugs, etc., are
not good trail athletes. They have breathing
challenges based on how they are built.
They are fine for short hikes. If you are
unsure, ask your vet or a knowledgeable
independent pet store. L ove your four-legged friend? Would you like to take to the trail with your furry pal as a riding companion? Many riders love to hit the trail with their
trail dogs. It’s a blast to watch them revel
in the outdoors with the wind in their faces
as they chase you down the singletrack;
however, there’s more to a good trail-dog
ride than simply tossing the leash over your
handlebars and hitting the trail. We polled a
few of the most knowledgeable experts to
ask what makes a good trail-dog ride.
Best trail-ride friend: Taking your pups to the trails is a blast. They’re the best riding
companions. They’re always ready to go, always happy to let you pick the trail, and
never get a flat tire to slow you down. It is, however, the dog owner’s job to ride
responsibly for both the safety of the dog and all the other trail users.
Photo by Bob Ward Info provided by James Conaway-NutriSource pet foods
Shilo Vigil-Squeaky Wheel bike shop
Kris Bolin-Tailwaggers pet shop
Photo by Bob Ward