How to Train Your Dog to Pull a Scooter

Medium
2-12 Weeks
Fun

Introduction

Does it ever feel that your dog has too much energy? Many of the dogs we keep as house pets today were bred to run for hours of the day. Huskies, Malamutes, and other sled dogs are designed to pull heavy loads for hours in below-freezing temperatures, while hunting breeds can run at high speeds over difficult terrain all day or night. Even our little terriers are bred to run in a pack for long periods after fox, rabbit, or other small game. In our modern existence, few of our dogs serve their original purposes. While it may be hard to imagine that your husky misses the deep snow while she is lounging on your sofa watching daytime television, in truth, if you are seeing signs of excess energy it is likely that your dog would like more exercise. Teaching your dog to pull a scooter is an awesome way to burn off energy for your dog, while being a fun experience for you as well.

Defining Tasks

Having your dog pull you on anything demands a high level of trust between you and your dog. While you can stop yourself on a scooter if your dog tries to run off with you, if your dog insists on acting wildly and not listening or behaving for you, it will be difficult to achieve this level of training. In many ways, training your dog to pull you is one of the easiest things to train, because your dog is self-motivated to explore and exercise. Most dogs quickly understand that they are pulling you, and take pride in the responsibility.

Make sure your dog is sound and healthy before beginning an exercise routine. Take it slow, building distance as your dog adjust to increased exercise. Always make sure your dog is enjoying her exercise. If you have to motivate her with anything other than the opportunity to run and explore she is probably tired or uninterested.

Getting Started

You will need a good pull harness and a long leash with some elasticity. The pull harness should attach to the leash at the dog’s back and provide even pressure. It should not interfere with motion or push on your dog’s throat. Having elasticity in the leash allows for sudden pulls from either you or your dog to be less shocking and destabilizing. Some dogs worry about pulling against the leash, since previously in life this has been discouraged. If your dog has this problem, throwing a ball or having an accomplice call to her can encourage her to pull.

The Kick-Along First Method

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Kick along while walking your dog
Walk your dog like normal, only wearing the harness and with you kicking along on the scooter instead of walking.
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Build confidence
Your dog will become more confident of this method of transport after awhile. Keep kicking until she is no longer startled at all by the presence of the scooter.
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Let her pull
When your dog wants to go faster, instead of kicking to keep up as you have been doing, tell her to pull and encourage her for doing so.
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Practice safety
As your dog becomes more confident with pulling, practice stopping using a command word. Treats may be useful for reinforcing a stop.
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Roll on
Allow your dog to pull you on more and more of the ride, until eventually she is doing most of the work.
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The Let Her Run Method

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Hold on tight
Position yourself firmly on your scooter and hold onto your dog’s harness with a good grip.
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Let her run
Throw a ball, have an accomplice call, or otherwise encourage your dog to run. She will have trouble starting you at first, but just keep encouraging her.
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Run on
Once your dog gets going, encourage her to run, praising her for pulling through harder or uphill parts.
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Practice safety
Practice U-turning to slow down your dog when she is in a dead run, calling to her to come back and rewarding her with treats if you find this useful.
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Practice control
Over time, the run will become less of a crazy frolic and more controlled exercise. Encourage your dog to learn control with command words and rewards for good behavior.
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The Scooter-Free First Method

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Pull you first
If you are worried about controlling your dog on the scooter without commands words learned yet, teach your dog command words and the elements of pulling before you get on a scooter.
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Hitch your dog to pull gear
Hitch your dog up as if you were going to have her pull you on your scooter. Instead, teach her to pull you while you pretend to be on a scooter.
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Practice on the scooter
Once your dog has learned the essential commands and practiced pulling at different strengths without the scooter, try having her pull the scooter.
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Reinforce commands
Practice commands before gaining speed, and stop if your dog doesn’t respond. Make sure she understands that she will need to listen to you in order to go on exploring.
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Practice
In time, your dog will obey fluidly to your commands as she pulls you at any speed, anywhere you like.
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