We can get our dogs to do just about anything these days. Dogs can care for their caregivers, making them heroes. Dogs can exercise with us, watch over our children, and do super fun party tricks. Have you ever seen a dog ride a scooter?
You may not see as many dogs riding scooters as you see running on leashes with their owners or running next to bicycles or with strollers. But if you have the right scooter and the right height dog, you can teach your dog to ride a scooter too. This advanced trick is almost circus-like. Teaching your dog to ride a scooter will not only be fun and a super fun party trick but could also land your dog into a fantastically talented pet hall of fame. Imagine having a dog who could ride a scooter next to you while you're on another scooter or on a skateboard. The two of you could ride down to the coffee shop, grab a cup of joe and then ride to doggy daycare before you board yourself to work.
Training your dog to ride a scooter is not an easy feat. It will take lots of patience and time. Undertaking a training like this is a big commitment to having an incredibly fun and talented dog. Before you begin to train your dog to ride a scooter, your dog will need to know all of your basic obedience commands, as well as a handful of advanced commands. The bond between you as master and trainer and your dog as pet and friend will need to be strong. Dogs love to learn tricks like this if they are eager to do something new. You will need a dog who is the right height for the scooter you have. Most dogs who ride scooters use scooters with three wheels so they don't have to balance the scooter. The younger your dog is the easier he will be to train.
To train your dog to ride a scooter, you will need an appropriate size scooter. A plastic scooter tends to work better than metal scooters for your dog's paws and claws. A scooter with handles that are adjustable yet secure will help fit the scooter to your dog's height. Unless you have a tiny scooter or an extra large scooter, you're going to need a medium-sized dog for this trick. Though small breeds and tiny breeds can ride, they just cannot stand and reach handlebars. Always have a leash on hand during training, so your dog doesn't get loose or become injured. Be sure to have some incredibly high value treats to bring to training sessions to keep your dog motivated. A great attitude and a fun environment will also help to make this a successful training.
I saw video of a dog actually riding scooter using his left front foot to push it forward. Seems like a cool trick but does it hurt the dog, because this is an unnatural position and I would never want Lucy to feel pain.
Hello Michael, Honestly, this may be a hard trick for a lab because of their size. The position for a larger dog will be different than a medium sized dog. For a medium sized dog it should be fine if you work up to it gradually - allowing the muscles involved time to get built up through gradual practice before doing anything too strenuous. If the muscles are build up correctly (like not lifting weights that are too heavy without working up to that amount over a few weeks or months first), and the dog to scooter size ratio is right, the training should not hurt the dog. Some labs are small enough and agile enough this wouldn't be a problem, but others would be too big without finding a larger, stable enough scooter. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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