This thread http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/labradors-can-you-ride-run-with-them got me thinking.
just out of curiosity what peoples opinion in trail dogs? I’ve seen them at gisburn and it looks like the dog and owner is having fun. However i wondering what would be the issue if the dog ran in front of a bike? Possibly injuring the dog (after all I would imaging much higher speeds are achieved on a trail centre than a natural trail) but imo more importantly injuring the rider.
I can see people taking their dogs through the local woods but this brings me to my next point. In some cases ive been riding through my local woods and been up against some old dear with her dogs running about. Their excided (the dogs not the old dear) and fancy having a play with me on the bike but the owner is not in control of their animals? You slow down and cycle past but if the owner was on a bike I would have thought they would be in significantly less control of their animals?
Which brings me to, should all dogs be kept on leads at all times unless on private property?