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Riding Bikes with Dogs in Canberra?

By MerryMerryn 3 April 2013 32

Hi Canberra.

I recently started riding my bike around the fantastic bike paths here in Canberra. I’d like to go riding with my dog (Belgian Shepherd – Best Dog Ever), but I’ve been told previously that it’s illegal to be in control of a dog whilst riding a bike.

Is it? I tried google, but kept getting conflicting information, and none specifying ACT regulations and road rules.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Watson 9:43 am 05 Apr 13

Debut69 said :

I admit, I used to do this all the time with my kelpie. Until the day someone else’s dog lunged at him as we passed and caused my well behaved, beautifully trained and non- agressive pooch to run into my bike to get away. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt.
I was mortified that I had put my dog in this situation and NEVER did it again. I just don’t think you can guarantee that nothing untoward will happen. Not worth it.

You can buy special leads for bikes to prevent a dog from doing this. No idea if they work though as I’ve never seen them in action.

I do think bike and dog on lead are a risk, especially if you ride at speed.

I did ride into my dog on a couple of occasions because she jumped or stopped dead in front of the bike when she was off leash. At low speed and she wasn’t hurt. It was ultimately the only way she finally learnt to keep her distance.

Debut69 8:12 am 05 Apr 13

I admit, I used to do this all the time with my kelpie. Until the day someone else’s dog lunged at him as we passed and caused my well behaved, beautifully trained and non- agressive pooch to run into my bike to get away. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt.
I was mortified that I had put my dog in this situation and NEVER did it again. I just don’t think you can guarantee that nothing untoward will happen. Not worth it.

gungsuperstar 11:32 pm 04 Apr 13

Sic said :

According to some people, this is cruel.

These are probably the same people who feed their dogs more expensive meals than most kids get, let them piss and s*** wherever they want and bring a pram to put the dog in when they go for a walk just incase it gets “too tired”.

I hope the dog that you treat as a toy, and as a “thing” rather than as a member of your family eats you when you die.

Oh, you don’t have a dog? Shut your hole then and piss off. Who the hell are you to judge people who love and cherish their companions.

You sound like the type who beats your dog – and your wife – into submission and thinks they’re doing things for you because they like you.

Madam Cholet 8:10 pm 04 Apr 13

Sic said :

According to some people, this is cruel.

These are probably the same people who feed their dogs more expensive meals than most kids get, let them piss and s*** wherever they want and bring a pram to put the dog in when they go for a walk just incase it gets “too tired”.

johnboy said :

well there’s a bunch of unfounded assumptions and sweeping generalisations.

Exactly.

Sic 7:41 pm 04 Apr 13

According to some people, this is cruel.

These are probably the same people who feed their dogs more expensive meals than most kids get, let them piss and s*** wherever they want and bring a pram to put the dog in when they go for a walk just incase it gets “too tired”.

    johnboy 7:42 pm 04 Apr 13

    well there’s a bunch of unfounded assumptions and sweeping generalisations.

poetix 9:18 pm 03 Apr 13

IrishPete said :

The last Belgian Shepherd I knew did not have the use of its back legs, so had a little platform with wheels to allow it to remain mobile. That could work quite well behind a bike, I think.

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IP

So long as it had a functioning belge attached to its collar…

IrishPete 8:01 pm 03 Apr 13

The last Belgian Shepherd I knew did not have the use of its back legs, so had a little platform with wheels to allow it to remain mobile. That could work quite well behind a bike, I think.

It also couldn’t empty its own bowels, but that’s another story…

IP

MissChief 6:43 pm 03 Apr 13

They’d have to catch you first. 🙂

Pork Hunt 6:42 pm 03 Apr 13

JazzyJess said :

You might be well coordinated and the dog well trained but something could spook it or distract it and he goes one way, you go the other.

I once saw a guy in Yarralumla on a unicycle with his dog on a leash. Talk about trust…

Leon 6:28 pm 03 Apr 13

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