Denali has learned a new trick. Well, it's not so much a trick as a skill and he didn't so much as learn it as adapt to it.
My baby boy can now go cycling with us.
Now, before you start picturing my dear boy (can you tell I'm proud?!) with a helmet and sneakers on a tricycle, let me tell you that he's not actually riding a bike. Nope. Denali is running. He just happens to be doing so as we hold his leash along with the handlebars of our bikes.
It's not something groundbreaking to take a dog for a run while the owner rides a bike - they do have bike attachments for it, after all – but what's remarkable is how well Denali took to the activity. My husband simply decided one day to put the training collar and leash on Denali and go for a ride. He reported that it was almost natural for Denali to run alongside the bike, and our diligence in teaching directional commands made it easy for the pair to navigate the Greenway.
“But did he pull you?” I asked. "Did he get too distracted?"
Surprisingly, my husband answered no. Denali's athleticism shines when he's next to the bike and he is intent on getting the most out of the work out. Squirrel? Who cares! He can see those on a walk. Another dog? There are lots of those. He's running and that's all that matters. People? He has to show them what he's made of.
Want to see the guys in action? Check out this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xPNkdZOo4A