I bike with both my girls and was worried about stops and jerks. I did some research on the internet and found an attachment for my bike made by Springer (http://www.springerusa.com/) which holds the dog to the side and a bit out from the bike. It has a spring on the top that absorbs tugs whether from a stop by the dog or a jerk after a squirrel. My 54 lb female has done both while we were out riding and we were going fast enough for her to be trotting at a good clip. In neither case was I pulled over. What happened is the spring gave and absorb the jolt for the most part for me on the bike and then immediately gave her a sharp tug which got her moving in the right direction again. The Springer was originally developed in one of the Scandanvian countries. I like mine and both my girls quickly caught on and don't give me to much trouble any more. I use a harness that I got at a pet store for the biking, but the harness is more just to keep them connected to the bike and not at all for pulling like you would see in carting.
Thanks, I am definatly going to have to look into that. Thanks for the link. Meanwhile I think I am going to attach him to the back of the baby bike cart that my little ladies ride along in now maybe if I am pulling him, I wont have to worry about the sudden stop.
"maybe if I am pulling him, I wont have to worry about the sudden stop."
Pulling him! LOL!! I don't know many GSP's that need to or allow themselves to be pulled.
Yeah that is why I am thinking that if I hook him up at the END of the train... then I have less of a chance of him messing everyone else up. Besides, Who said anything about keeping up with him.. That's what the track team is for!!
Beautiful pictures. It's amazing how much variation you get in the GSP when there are only 2 recognized colors (liver and white).
Wachter is black and white patched/ticked. I have to laugh, when my god sons came over this last weekend the oldest (about 5 y/o) asked me what colors he was and what all the dots were ... I explained that the big dots were patches and the little ones were ticks, his mom heard the word tick and snatched her kids away in horror. I had to do some quick talking to calm her down.
That is the general theory. I live in an area that has a LOT of GSP's .. everytime I turn around we are seeing another one. I actually had someone at the Kennel club tell me there was no way he was a purebreed because his ears were too big and he was black. At the time he was 4 months old and he didnt fit his ears or feet. All of the vets and several of the local breeders that saw him when we were trying to find his family were convinced he was pure and VERY young. ... We have guesstimated his birthday to be early September.. I found him the first week in October, so he was about 4 or 5 weeks old when I got him, his tail cropping was so recent, it barely had a scab.