- Dogs at Trail Centres
Never been to a trail centre, but I wouldn’t have thought it a good idea to exercise your hound on dedicated bike trails and more than you would take your dog for a walk on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
Its putting both unsuspecting riders and the dogs in positions of unnecessary risk.
And before dog owners start harping about riders being able to stop in appropriate distances, these are dedicated bike trails. Sure you don’t go steaming round blind bends, but you shouldn’t have to ride at a snails pace to avoid hitting a piano (or other random object) that somehow ended up in the middle of the trail.
Some people are just selfish though aren’t they.Posted 4 years agolittlemisspandaMember
Personally, wouldn’t do it at a trail centre. My dog is a bit errant, he gets a sniff of squirrel and he’s off, so it would be a nuisance for me to have to be worrying where he is all the time and not enjoying my ride – if it’s a nuisance for me, chances are it would be for others too.
I do ride with him on my local canal and in the park, but those are shared pathways, they are not places people generally go to do “proper” MTB-ing.Posted 4 years agoDT78Member
Yep regular topic. Bloody dangerous. Last thread I provoked on it was the swinley one where I nearly squished a dog. Selfish dog owners who endanger their pet and you will be along shortly saying it is your problem as you arent riding at a speed you can safely stop at when a random furry object moving quickly darts out in front of you. Usually there are also so stupid posts about likening dogs to small children as well which is complele bollox as they behave differently. Think that sums up the next 100 posts
Edit. Btw I love dogs just not at a trail centre!Posted 4 years ago
Well I reckon its judgement thing, stainburn middle of the week, fine. Dalby @ weekend, hell no. All of that also depends on the dog, breed, training and other stuff. I have a dog, but he doesn’t go riding, I didn’t think to train him in time, though his temptrament would prob be good, and my nearest trail has main road running through the middle of it – not ideal. He does go trail building though, and has a keen eye for a black option when on a trail walk.
There’s definitely one more recent than a year ago.
#won’t someone please think of the puppies?Posted 4 years agomattbeeSubscriber
Has it been a month already?
Waaah waaaah waaaah. Something/body has inconvenienced me in some way, must bleat about it on STW to reaffirm my belief that I am more important than other people. How dare they do things that may annoy me? Don’t they know who I am?!
My dog has decided he doesn’t like coming to trailcentres with me anymore as my 26″ wheels are embarrasing him. He runs just ahead of me so he doesn’t have to look at them.Posted 4 years ago
Isn’t it a bit selfish? I’ve had a few near misses over the last couple of weeks at Llandegla with errant dogs running under my wheels. The issues seems to be worse of a Wednesday evening when I guess people are combining a blast around Llandegla with their obligation to walk the dog. I’m not on about the shared access trails, I acknowledge that these are shared between cyclists, walkers, people with dogs etc.. and your speed should reflect that. I’m talking about the bike specific red and black trails where people are riding with their dogs off the lead with absolutely no consideration for other trail users.
Both last night and last Wednesday I had very near misses where a dog has shot out in front of my wheel and I have had to take evasive action to avoid hitting the thing, both occasions could have resulted in nasty injuries, to the dog and more importantly to me. Both occasions I was met with a casual “sorry mate”. If I was unable to avoid hitting your dog, and ended up riding into it and hurting it, I wonder if the same casual “sorry mate” would be deemed a satisfactory response on my part.
I don’t think dogs should be allowed on bike specific trails, especially ones where the owner knows cyclists will be carrying decent speed. Its irresponsible and selfish. Either leave your dog at home or if you need to ride with it do so somewhere more appropriate.Posted 4 years agodiscoduckMember
Some dogs were bred specifically to Hunt !
Some of the hounds lead in the pack and the horses followed the hounds, Border Terriers, Patterdale Terriers were bred to follow the horse at the back of the pack if the fox went to ground,
If you think dogs arent up to it i personally think your very much mistaken, and to use an old cliche, its not the dogs fault if it doesent do as its told, sure they are bike specific areas but really who gives a **** ?Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Personaly they’d don’t bother me.
But I’m the kind of person who thinks live and let live, so I can also accept that some people are ill equiped to deal with other people and and the wider world. Sometimes this manifests as not being able to deal wth there being animals on their bike trail.Posted 4 years agomrmoMember
dog=lead, everyone else is happy.Posted 4 years agojohnikgriffSubscriber
I ride with my dog around Degla once a week, I’m not lazy.
To clarify mind, I only take him in the day and mid week. Go up the fire road and ride the old blue and avoid the trails as much as possible. He’s always under control and we stay clear of other riders.
Wouldn’t take him when it’s busy no matter how well behaved he is.
He’s also a Trail Pixie and gives his personnel time for free to help maintain your trail Center, so he’s earned his trip round once a week, how many can say that.Posted 4 years agobigyinnMember
So we’re not allowed on Footpaths, BW’s we have to give way to everyone and on bike dedicated trails we’re now expected to watch out for dogs, just in case.Posted 4 years ago
Seems to me that there’s little point in having dedicated trail centres based on that logic.
I suppose some dog owners would take spot for a wander along the WRC tracks during a race, because they can?thisisnotaspoonMember
I suppose some dog owners would take spot for a wander along the WRC tracks during a race, because they can?
Trail center =/= closed course, what if it was a kid on a ballance bike following dad rather than a dog?
Having said that WRC stages aren’t generaly closed course either.Posted 4 years ago
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