[nagdu] Just saw this: Guide dogs and athletes
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Sun Aug 23 02:52:12 UTC 2015
Many people like a british style attachment for a harness when they run. This gives the handle a great deal more lateral movement, however, you need to be very aware of where you are in relation to the dog as it is easy to over walk or over run a dog with this type of equipment.
My dog runs in a harness that has a v-shaped breastplate so it does not put pressure on the throat. It also allows the front legs more room to stride out. I do prefer a longer handle and for it to be made of flexible tubing. I do not use the british style but the flexible tubing allows for the same effect of more lateral movement.
You can also run in a canicross style, of the dog in an X-back harness, with a tow and a belt for the human where the towline is attached to the belt. You need to have good balance to do this and it is better if you run on a flat straight surface if you run this way. Canicross is usually done cross country, where you will encounter uneven trails, but I have run canicross in urban environments on a flat paved bikepath or trail.
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> On Aug 22, 2015, at 8:04 PM, Danielle Sykora via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> In order to run with your guide you most likely need either:
> 1. to use a flat collar and have your dog leash-guide or
> 2. Use a different style harness that allows for more free movement.
> I'm not sure exactly how these differ from traditional harnesses since
> I used leash-guiding with my dog while running.
> Danielle and Thai
>> On 8/22/15, Darla J. Rogers via nagdu <nagdu at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> I am finding this topic most interesting; running with one's guide,
>> isn't new no matter what the schools have said. There are those who are
>> skilled enough to do this, but if more runners are asking for dogs who can
>> run, I applaud the schools for stepping forward to face this challenge and
>> conquer it.
>> I was wondering what special equipment the dog might need? It would seem
>> that a longer harness handle would be required, but I honestly don't know.
>> If I run into someone who runs with their guide, I assure you I have lots
>> c curiosity, though with a rec recently replaced right knee, it isn't
>> something on the bucket list of things I want to do, but I am loving the
>> plethora of activities guide dog school graduates and owner/trainers are
>> undertaking with their dogs.
>> Darla & Huck very impatient to be able to work again.
>> Darla J. Rogers M.S.
>> Djrogers0628 at gmail.com
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