r/dogismycopilot Jul 25 '21

Training My Guy To Ride

47 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Jun 17 '21

Saw this over on r/miata

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27 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot May 24 '21 Wholesome

textbook (from r/pics)

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87 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Apr 30 '21 Hugz

Cooper is VERY excited to go for a car ride

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60 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Apr 11 '21

Angus wants a sidecar to co-pilot in! Soon buddy!!

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15 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Apr 10 '21

Pup enjoying the new to us Miata.

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34 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Dec 27 '20

Makes life feel like it's just a simulation

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41 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Dec 22 '20

Lola excited to go for a ride.

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37 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Nov 09 '20

My camping co-pilot, Zuko

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30 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Sep 25 '20

Winston is just a content pupper in the car

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21 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Sep 17 '20

Saw this car behind me and had to pull over for a photo

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57 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Aug 22 '20

Me and the Lil Boy

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39 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Jul 26 '20

Rosie enjoying the shade and the cooled seats

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34 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Jul 18 '20

Medium-Large Dog (~55lbs) Motorcycle Carrier and Training Tips (+help me understand physics)

14 Upvotes

Hi all,

I'm looking for advice on the best way to carry my medium/large size dog--about 55lbs, mixed, maybe a GSD or Australian cattle dog style mix--on my bike with me. I've bought goggles (not sure if they're the "best") and have read that helmets won't really help a dog.

I'd initially planned on buying the K9 Sport Sack Rover (30-80lbs) backpack, but they're sold out with month long delays. Is there an alternate one that's equally "good" you can recommend? Or would you recommend going without the carrier altogether?

A few other questions for my inexperienced mind: is a backpack the safest option? Do they have "gear" backpacks for dogs? I've seen large dogs riding in back and "holding" onto the driver's shoulders like a human. Is the backpack, therefore, necessary, or even preferable?

Other questions:

  • what does your dog do, and/or how did you train your dog to behave, in the event someone else walks their dog in front of your bike at a crosswalk? Or if a dog is barking wildly at yours from a car window during a long red light?
  • In the event of heavy rain, will the dog "slip" off? I imagine this would be exacerbated if the dog wasn't in a backpack (?).
  • In the event of heavy wind--the type you have to "lean" into the wind to stay straight for the entire drive--does your dog...well, struggle? Is the backpack just hanging off the bike?
  • Similarly, does the dog struggle more/less during sharp turns or more sudden stops with or without a backpack?
  • Finally, what no one wants to think about, what's better in the event of an accident? I imagine that the downside of a backpack is that the dog wouldn't be able to jump/roll off to protect itself, and would instead largely be rooted to you. Is no backpack actually safer?
  • I don't ride without gear, but I don't imagine there are enough dogs riding bikes for them to even consider gear for dogs. But would gear be ideal? What would it even look like?
  • Will my dog be able to "hold on" to me when I'm wearing my gear (leather jacket, shoulder/back armour)? I'm pretty small myself--had it custom ordered to make it smaller--but I guess I worry he wouldn't sufficiently be able to dig in. I don't think I've ever seen a video of a responsible motorcycle driver in gear with their dog.
  • If the dog is not in a backpack, does your bike need a special style of passenger seat? Mine is wide enough for a human, but a bit on the narrow side.
  • Is there anything else I need aside from dog goggles and (maybe) a backpack? Do I need to protect my dog's pointy ears? I imagine that a small pebble or leaf or speck of dirt at high speeds could hurt his. (Same reason that humans cover and gear up.)
  • I know all dogs are different, but how long did it take you to condition your dog to ride a bike? I don't have a car, and I'm hoping to schedule a (very non-urgent / proactively scheduled) appointment with a specialist. The nearest one is super far away (allegedly an hour's drive), and I'm trying to get a rough idea of how long it'll take (couple weeks, 2 months, or 6+ months).

Okay, thank you, and tell me if I'd have been better served posting in a different subreddit! It's still kind of unbelievable to me that dogs ride and stay on at all, even after watching videos and seeing a few in "real life". Very long-term, probably in a year, it'd be amazing to take him coworking with me a couple times a week, to take trips to a dog beach, etc.


r/dogismycopilot Apr 20 '20

Under the "L"

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25 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Apr 11 '20

Hope for many years of happiness for these two cuties. 3 more years til this kid’ll be driving - here’s his future copilot.

28 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Jan 10 '20

Me and my Corgi Copilot, Benson.

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71 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Dec 31 '19

Close enough - Trail-co-pilot!

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30 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Dec 30 '19

I’m actually my dog’s co-pilot (pic taken by backseat sitter)

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33 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Dec 23 '19

Just found this sub. Here is my copilot 😄

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36 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Dec 19 '19

We let our copilot take the wheel for her 16th birthday

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33 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Dec 12 '19

My copilot getting a little treat :)

11 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Oct 15 '19

this sub is grossly underrated

19 Upvotes

ruff ruff (translation: this sub is grossly underrated)


r/dogismycopilot Sep 17 '19

Too cool for obedience school

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36 Upvotes

r/dogismycopilot Sep 09 '19 Wholesome

Doggie Ducati

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37 Upvotes