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Speaking from 30 years of off and on running experience, too many miles on hard surfaces like asphalt, and especially concrete can wreak havoc on the human body. I've learned to stick to natural surfaces as much as possible. That would be my main concern with biking, unless that were done on natural surfaces as well. Maybe dogs can handle hard surfaces better than humans. I honestly don't know.


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It's not "many miles" on hard surfaces. For an adult dog with normal hips and elbows moderate roadwork is fine. But it is at a trot, not a gallop and is usually worked up to about a mile or mile and a half. It is not the dog equivalent of marathon running. Dog treadmills also provide similar exercise.

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It's not "many miles" on hard surfaces. For an adult dog with normal hips and elbows moderate roadwork is fine. But it is at a trot, not a gallop and is usually worked up to about a mile or mile and a half. It is not the dog equivalent of marathon running. Dog treadmills also provide similar exercise.
I understand what you're saying, but there's a guy in my neighborhood out biking with his dog almost every day on hard surfaces, and it's a lot more than 1 to 1.5 miles. I just saw them out there yesterday, and we have snow and ice everywhere.

You're talking about very moderate distances. It might be difficult for some people to stick to that.


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I understand what you're saying, but there's a guy in my neighborhood out biking with his dog almost every day on hard surfaces, and it's a lot more than 1 to 1.5 miles. I just saw them out there yesterday, and we have snow and ice everywhere.

You're talking about very moderate distances. It might be difficult for some people to stick to that.


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When I bike my dogs, actually DOG because Jack is the only one who is old enough, it is solely for their benefit. It's not my exercise time. I do see how people would overdo it if they were trying to incorporate their own exercise into it. I'm just saying what I do with my adult dog who has OFA good hips and OFA normal elbows, which is biking at a trot for 1-1.5 miles a couple of times per week - in San Diego, so clearly the snow and ice is not an issue here.

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When I bike my dogs, actually DOG because Jack is the only one who is old enough, it is solely for their benefit. It's not my exercise time. I do see how people would overdo it if they were trying to incorporate their own exercise into it. I'm just saying what I do with my adult dog who has OFA good hips and OFA normal elbows, which is biking at a trot for 1-1.5 miles a couple of times per week - in San Diego, so clearly the snow and ice is not an issue here.
I agree. I doubt what you are doing is bad for your dog.

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