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    I have a two year old cocker spaniel very fir and am due to do a cycle ride from Dolgellau to Barmouth and back, about 26 miles. I wont be going fast, and it's flat, do you think the dog will be able to run that far?

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    We humans are the only things stupid enough to do that type of distance, dont expect your best friend to do the same.  

    Edited by Dougy

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    And your plan for if something goes amiss on the day is ? 

    ie the dog cuts a pad half way through 12 miles is a long way to carry the dog and push a bike 

    just a thought 

    all the best 

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    huskies do that kind of distance but only once there extremely conditioned to it, i used to take my dog out along side the bike and he loved it, but i wouldn't consider that sort of distance.

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    2 hours ago, Dougy said:

    We humans are the only things stupid enough to do that type of distance, dont expect your best friend to do the same.  

    A lot of our evolution came about with the ability to distance run

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    13 hours ago, oowee said:

    I have a two year old cocker spaniel very fir and am due to do a cycle ride from Dolgellau to Barmouth and back, about 26 miles. I wont be going fast, and it's flat, do you think the dog will be able to run that far?

    No.

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    the road would damage its pads and make its claws bleed.........dont do it ...stupid idea..

     

    ontop of that...i know that road well...used to work in Barmouth...it will be full of holiday muppet trafic..

    Edited by ditchman

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    Thanks for the feed back. He is often running 8 miles but not tried him over this sort of distance. Have a contingency to stop at Barmouth for lunch he should easily do the 13 to there as we wont be going quickly. One of us can cycle back and its a short drive over to pick him up if he has had enough. Next day is Cader so he needs to save himself :-)

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    Oowee,

    You love your dog, we know that, and please don't take this the wrong way.

    Your dog will do every thing to please you, that's what they do. If you beat it with a stick it will still try to please you.  Your dog would run with you no problem, it would run it's little paws to the bone, because it wants to please you. It wants to be with you, you know your limits, unfortunately your dog cant say its had enough.

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    I dont understand why you would want the dog to run at the side of you while you cycle whats the point

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    2 hours ago, Dougy said:

    Oowee,

    You love your dog, we know that, and please don't take this the wrong way.

    Your dog will do every thing to please you, that's what they do. If you beat it with a stick it will still try to please you.  Your dog would run with you no problem, it would run it's little paws to the bone, because it wants to please you. It wants to be with you, you know your limits, unfortunately your dog cant say its had enough.

    Perfectly & succinctly put !

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    If I don't take it it stays at home. It's a great path Mawddach trail (old rail way path) and the dog will have a great time out and about.

    Just checked again and its 9.5 miles each way, so not as far as I first thought :). I can stop at Barmouth if I need to. Plenty of stuff on the net on dog distances of 20+ miles. Just have to keep an eye on him. 

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    Another thing to consider is temperature. The dog might suffer heat exhaustion if its warm or get dehydrated. They can also have fits if overheated or collapse if they get low sugar.

    How far does he run on a regular basis. When working they stop and start all the time. Like any major activety, stamina needs to be built up. Nobody runs a marathon without working up endurance to it, dogs are the same.

    Edited by loriusgarrulus

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    I have no doubt that many dogs do and definitely would do this however, they would have been trained for it i.e. built up on distance and built up on running on hard standing surfaces.

    Leave the dog at home and take him shooting the following day. 

     

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    15 hours ago, Dougy said:

    Oowee,

    You love your dog, we know that, and please don't take this the wrong way.

    Your dog will do every thing to please you, that's what they do. If you beat it with a stick it will still try to please you.  Your dog would run with you no problem, it would run it's little paws to the bone, because it wants to please you. It wants to be with you, you know your limits, unfortunately your dog cant say its had enough.

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    Don't do it, I used to do a regular 20mile off road ride with my German shepherd when he was in his prime but he had built up to that and was conditioned to it, not to mention the longer legs, it wouldn't be fair to expect your dog to do that if it's not used to it and I think even a cocker used to long runs would struggle with that distance in one go.

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