Video: 'A Dogs Tale' - The Ultimate Story For Trail Dog Lovers

Apr 26, 2021
by SHIMANO  

TRAIL DOGS: A DOG’S TALE

It all starts with the trail. The sweeping corners, the smooth berms, the mild bumps to launch off while zigzagging down a familiar route. It’s the smells that come with a dewy morning ride, or the feeling after clearing the crest of a roller, brushing away the pebbles with a perfectly timed belly scrub. These are the happy memories of a trail dog’s life well lived.

Raven is a 13-year-old retired trail dog who lives with Darren McCoullough, one of the founders and director of production at Anthill Films. They live a stone’s throw from the Ring Creek Trailhead in Squamish, British Columbia, where Raven has spent countless days frolicking on loamy singletrack beneath towering spruces. Old age has slowed her down, and now Raven happily lies in the driveway, watching dog after dog, and their human, head for the hills.

In the new Shimano Originals Film, A Dog’s Tale, we celebrate the joy of mountain biking through the eyes of the trail dog. We watch as our four-legged friends drift through flat corners and sail around berms with otherworldly coordination and athleticism. We are captivated by the controlled chaos that blends into perfect balance with every jump and turn. And we imagine Raven’s thoughts as she watches all those dogs and riders head to the trailhead each day.

The film takes us from Raven’s driveway memories in British Columbia to Utah, to South Africa, and back again, meeting some of the feistiest, four-legged trail personalities along the way. They all enjoy the mountain bike world in their own way, just like us humans do, whether it’s hitting jump lines, lapping through the loam, or setting out to build new trail.

Born from the wonder of what Raven was thinking, A Dog’s Tale embraces the close connection with our riding companions, the crunch of the trail beneath our tires, along with the swoosh of a tail as we launch the next jump. Stop and consider this feeling the next time you see a pooch gazing fondly at you as you ride by. Let your mind wander a little and get a little closer to what's behind those happy eyes. Because there's always more to the moment than just a dog in a driveway, watching the world roll on by.




Shimano Dogs with Eric Lawrenuk and Levi in Squamish British Columbia Canada


Shimano Dogs with Eric Lawrenuk and Levi in Squamish British Columbia Canada


Shimano Dogs with Eric Lawrenuk and Levi in Squamish British Columbia Canada


Shimano Dogs with Eric Lawrenuk and Levi in Squamish British Columbia Canada








Emmy and Mitch Gulliver in Squamish BC


Emmy and Mitch Gulliver in Squamish BC


Emmy and Mitch Gulliver in Squamish BC


Emmy and Mitch Gulliver in Squamish BC


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195 Comments

  • 134 14
 I really love riding with my dog, but just a short reminder to everyone that have bought a puppy during corona and want to start riding with it. The dog is 100% the owners responsibility and you cant ride without a leash if you only trust the dog to 95%.
  • 88 10
 Agree. I love dogs, and I love the IDEA of trail dogs, but the majority of the dogs I encounter on trails either run in the way of riders or actually chase them. I don't have a ton of faith that most owners have the expertise or the judgment to train a trail dog.
  • 51 32
 @nattyd: I love dogs as much as anyone but I agree. For the most part, I just don’t think they belong on bike trails.
  • 37 21
 @nattyd: Or stop in the middle of the trail in front of riders and you have to skid to a stop to avoid them, I've experienced this twice.

In today's society it seems like hardly anybody takes the time to properly train dogs anymore. Most people just treat them like a bike accessory, like you just buy them to enhance your life, let them do what they want, and that's all there is to it. If you don't train them when they are young you set them up for a lifetime of problems, just as with children.
  • 25 22
 I have a huge fear of dogs and unless the dog is on a leash or very well trained I will not feel comfortable around the dog. I try to not have the fear but I do.
  • 16 17
 @DoubleCrownAddict: isn't it the same with parents and kids on trail? Or newbies? Often very similar at least I'd say.
I don't know what trails you are riding, but here we usually ride in forest, which is a natural habitat of animals so in this case I rather skid to avoid boar collision than a dog. It's all about the people.
  • 19 3
 @DoubleCrownAddict: do you mean it's like people nowadays seek instant satisfaction, are self centered, overemphasize likes on instagram and don't want to put in the effort to actually achieve something great? No, that can't be right...
  • 61 12
 I'm not sure where you guys are riding, but 99% of the trail dogs I encounter are well behaved and know how to yield the trail when necessary. Other trail users (hikers, equestrians, and yes, other mountain bikers)? Not so much.
  • 34 2
 @heyjohnp: agreed. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have had way more issue with people than dogs. I’m happy to share the trails with whoever, regardless.
  • 42 12
 Also, make sure you work out how you are going to deal with the dog's shit. Leaving it off of the trail is no where near good enough.

If you leave shit in a public space you are a bad person and a worse dog owner. I don't care how far you are from the nearest poo bin or whether you forgot to bring a bag, there is no excuse to leave shit anywhere.

If you don't want to pick up and carry dog shit on your bike ride, don't bring your dog, simple as that, if you don't want to deal with it why should anyone else have to?
  • 14 2
 @tetonsorbuttes: I totally agree, I have had more problems with irresponsible dads who let their children stand on the jumps or in the middle of the track, or let them go up the hill on a downhill track, etc. I've never had those problems with a dog.
  • 30 31
 @jmtbf: My son now 8 was knocked over and licked to death by a couple of small dogs when he was a baby.(family members dogs and not trained at all).

And now he is horrified of dogs.

I understand that fluffy is the friendliest dog i the world but if my kid is scared, keep fluffy away. My son will literally jump off his bike and run into the forest to get away from your dog. And while you may think it is funny because fluffy couldn't hurt a flea it does not feel that way to my son. If you cant keep your dog from licking everyone on the trail then fluffy does not belong on the trail.
  • 9 1
 @fabwizard: for a kid that can be scary, I almost had my balls bitten by a dog once so that is one of the reasons I am scared. I am also allergic so it is not like a can interact to get better with dogs.
  • 16 2
 @fabwizard: Agreed. The worst dog owners are the one's who think that just because their untrained dog is happy and loves everybody that everybody should love him back and not be critical of him jumping up on people, running all over the place, interfering with other riders, and leaving their shit all over that the owner never cleans up. I've never had any of those problems with hikers.
  • 12 2
 As a rider with a trail dog I have learned a lot about dogs and bikers sharing trails. I mostly just ride with him when it's quiet with few other riders around. What I have figured out is I can read his body language, but others can't. I will say Blue is a great trail companion and motivates me to ride more because it's his absolute favourite thing to do. Love the article and video Smile

www.pinkbike.com/photo/11140993
  • 28 2
 @DoubleCrownAddict: You raise an important topic: poop. Now don’t be mistaken, people are pooping in the woods too, they just do a better job at hiding it. It is dog owner’s responsibility to pick up their dog’s doo doo, but sadly not everyone does. My complaint is why equestrians get off the hook so easily, letting their horses wreak havoc on the trail like it’s Mother Earth’s job to pick it up.
  • 15 1
 @tetonsorbuttes: Horses should be fitted with poop catch bags! I don't understand why that isn't standard? they are available: www.workinghorsetack.com/catch-it-manure-bag-horse-diaper-p/bb2cb.htm

Dog shit is exponentially worse though in terms of smell and chance of causing nasty disease and is what we should be focussing on first.
  • 15 9
 @fabwizard: If he was licked to death, how can he still be scared - thought he was dead from kisses?
  • 8 1
 @trillot: OMG he's a zombie. I was wondering why he smelled so bad.
  • 8 6
 @fabwizard: Sorry, I should have started by saying I'm sorry to hear about your son. I hear death by kisses is one of the worst ways to die. And I hear more and more stories of this every day.
  • 8 1
 how does anyone ride with a dog on a leash? What could possibly go wrong?
  • 20 4
 The key is good training and discipline. Don't be afraid to give your little guy a little tire rub if they get in your way when they are young. Gotta learn not to get in the way of a rolling tire. I'm more afraid of newbies on an e-bike than dogs on the trail and I definitely like dogs more than most people.
  • 13 0
 I don’t hate dogs. I hate lazy dog owners. They require attention love and training. It’s like kids but not nearly as scary. (I have two kids) I tell my 9 year old girl, no dog. We just don’t have the time for one and that’s very rude to the pup. So we got a cat... a very self centered cat. He comes out to eat and poop. Occasionally let’s us pet him but quickly will go back to his cave. And that’s why I love Gary, our cat. He’s minimal maintenance. Now where is that little shit?!
  • 9 0
 @jmtbf: same here, scared shitless of dogs, even the small ones. Got bitten while riding my bike when I was a kid and never got over this (irrational) fear.
  • 9 1
 @Patrick9-32: leaving dog poo in small confined communal spaces is not ok. But sometimes i do multi-day camping bike trips, and every now and then i take a shit in the woods. People shit, animals shit, and the forest is the most natural place to do it. Shitting on a man made trail or close to a fresh water source is a no go, but a good old responsible nature poo doesnt need bagging
  • 2 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: So... You are saying something went wrong during your childhood?
  • 6 2
 @tetonsorbuttes: Not a fan of horse shit on trails (or anywhere I might encounter it), but in all fairness, horse shit is leagues less nasty than human or dog or cow shit.
  • 11 0
 I say this as someone who has worked with their dog this last year to get there:
A.) Teaching pup not to chase animals is the absolute hardest part or at least that has been my experience. Recall is never ever good enough. Practice it all the time. The dog needs to want to stay glued to you. I prefer back wheel glued for obvious reason.
B.) Secondly teaching pup to not cut trail switchbacks or at least not run out in front of people when they do is the second hurdle. Sounds bad but the occasional outer foot clip to their nose will break them of that FAST.
C.) If you are going with friends, leave pup at home until they get pretty dang good. They wont die because they missed a run and they might keep a buddy from dying trying to miss the dog.
D.) Practice practice practice on trails away from everyone else.
E.) When you do start riding around other people find a buddy that doesn't mind dog practice but don't overdo it. (Still do no dog rides).
F.) Before you start doing jump and drops with the dog around, let the dog scope the line too. They will send everything if they don't know the 12' drop is coming and sometimes even if they should. Had a "got lucky" instance of this once already.
  • 2 1
 @tetonsorbuttes: Mother Earth’s, or at least most living organisms on the trail love that job.
  • 1 0
 @Patrick9-32: dog shits easy, it gets tough when mine doesn't fit in the little baggies
  • 4 1
 @jmtbf: Ignore the downvotes my dude. I am the biggest dog lover in the world and pretty much pro-dog everything everywhere all the time. Have even been called a dog whisperer b/c I can roll in the grass with the best of em and dogs seem to recognize my simple dog soul.

But I have a sister who was badly attacked by a dog she knew SO well, and another person dear to me who had multiple bad experiences as a kid and the fear has lingered into adulthood...both have helped me empathize with people who are not comfortable around dogs, which makes me SO FREAKING SAD. Granted, the vast VAST majority of dogs are living effing angels, but sometimes shit goes down and it's really, really unfortunate.

Dog lovers tend to think dogs are perfect and I'm guilty of it too, but they aren't, unfortunately. I agree with someone's comment above that you have to be a million percent confident in your dog/training to do trail runs on public/heavily trafficked trails. Last thing I want to do is scare someone or ruin a ride. That said, if you hate having that fear, learning about how dogs interpret human actions is super helpful. Also, if you have a friend with an old small sweetheart of a pup, start cuddling and work up from there.
  • 2 1
 @heyjohnp: It's closer to 50% here IMO.
  • 2 0
 I think dogs enjoy air time.
  • 1 0
 @qualms23: As a human you know where is and is not an appropriate place to poop.

Dogs don't have that sense and the owners that don't clean up their shit are bad people.
  • 1 0
 @madmon: I do. But my dog is way faster than me, and I actually has to brake to make him slow down, unless I want to be pulled. He's only 5 kg btw. Strong and fast little pub Smile
  • 2 1
 Pb posts a beautiful video like this yet top comments are loaded with negativity smh
  • 2 1
 @mountzlu: Its not negativity to encourage people to use trails responsibly.
  • 2 0
 @heyjohnp: same here! I also think people entering public spaces should also be educated about all users out there! Dogs, equestrian, bikes, WILDLIFE, etc. Understand how to interact with all users.
  • 2 1
 @jmtbf: Take some time to educate yourself on different breeds and their purposes. Most of the time dogs sense fear and people make eradict movements that stimulate certain breeds (think herding for working dogs). Staying calm is usually not interesting to dogs and they move on.
  • 2 0
 @rjohnson450: The problem is the fear of a dog can easily overwhelm the decision making ability of an Adult let alone an 8YO. My kid has jumped off his bike and run into the bush because a big dog ran up to him. Triggering a further chase by the dog.

If the dog cannot be controlled it should not be in a public place or should be on a leash. And if on a leash not allowed to jump on every person going by anyway.
  • 3 1
 @rjohnson450: Do you see how messed up it is that people are bringing animals into the public that are so badly trained and uncontrolled that the rest of us have to learn how to avoid angering them and getting attacked?

People shouldn't need to go on a course and modify their behaviour to feel safe around other people's pets. If your dog can't handle being around people who are afraid of dogs because they can sense that fear and it may provoke an attack they should never be off the lead.
  • 2 0
 @Patrick9-32: No argument on the second part (I have a dog, and I'm pretty clear that it's my responsibility to make sure it's not leaving crap all over the place). Unfortunately, though, based on observation I think your first sentence about humans knowing where it is and isn't appropriate to take a shit might be giving humanity too much credit.
  • 2 0
 @g-42: Haha, you are probably right, maybe it should read "As a human you SHOULD know where is and is not an appropriate place to poop."
  • 2 0
 @heyjohnp: same. Dogs are probably less annoying to deal with on the trail than hikers. Dogs get out of the way because they know that it is easier for them to get out of the way than the rider. While hikers ( not saying all of them) expect the rider to take the most dangerous line choice while the stand there on the best line for mountain bikers. Then they yell and say you are going too fast. I am not saying that hikes should not be on the trails but they should know that it is much easier for them to move then for the mountain biker.
  • 87 3
 And they're not in stock till 2025
  • 1 0
 Lolz
  • 2 1
 We recently wanted to add a cat to our household and for the first time in my life we were not able to find one for free. We actually had to pay for a cat. Apparently covid had a lot of people adopting animals.
  • 15 0
 Cant even find a used one
  • 4 0
 @slayersxc17: and the used ones might be counterfeit
  • 37 5
 Best vid I have seen in a while..........love riding with my dog! I am so lucky he found me, and rides with me always. Awesome alone or in a group and faster than most of the humans! hahaha A few negative comments about dogs shouldn't be on bike trails.....granted there are some dogs, just like there are alot of humans, that should just stay home. Take the time to teach them right and you will always get those happy licks at the end of the trail.......love my dog!
  • 19 3
 Unfortunately, i think the number of well behaved/trained dogs is much lower on Mt. Fromme. I think I can safety say that I buzz at least one dog with my tire per weekend ride.

The worst is the owners who give me grief even though fluffy just ran out of the bush and stopped right in front of me. Note I do not blame the dog at all, it is a lack of proper training or decision making on the part of the owner. If your dog is a spaz, it does not belong on busy trails without a leash.

Note Any dog that gets buzzed usually gets a good pet/head scratch to make sure they are ok(with the owners permission). I love all animals.
  • 3 0
 @fabwizard: Yep, like most “bad” kids, misbehaving dogs are a product of their environment. And like parents of said kids, dog owners react badly when called on their errant animal. A couple of years ago I broke up a fight between 2 guys in the parking lot where one dog attacked another. They both turned on me when I pointed out that off leash bylaws did not apply to the area we were at. Also had a guy freak out on me when I almost clipped his dog on a steep section of trail. Yet, for every “bad” dog there are dozens of well behaved. One sore spot though...dog owners, clean up your animals crap even if you push it into the bush, get it off the trail.
  • 4 0
 i've never been inconvenienced by a dog on any mountain, i have though been stopped by slow bikers, hikers, and kids on the trails.
  • 2 1
 @fabwizard: I'm actually kinda happy when my doggo gets buzzed (as long as he's not hurt) as it helps him learn to stay out of the way. Scritches absolutely make up for it.
  • 6 1
 @crysvb: what you said X ∞

Smart trail dog > 90% of mtbers
  • 31 1
 trail dogs are great, but the future is enduro dogs!!!
  • 6 0
 @elrad: Yes. their much slacker head angle and variable wheelbase makes them king! ( or Queen)
  • 17 0
 @RayDolor: My trials cat can soooo outmaneuver your long slack enduro dog ;-)
  • 5 0
 @fabwizard: Yeah I think ill stick to my DH goldfish, nothing like blasting through the chunk with bubbles hot on my heels.
  • 2 0
 long low & slack = much scrubbing very speed
  • 26 0
 we need a dog scrub-off!
  • 6 1
 Belly Scrubs > Bubba Scrubs
  • 18 3
 If you want a dog there are so many amazing ones out there looking for a home, adopt don’t shop! Please don’t support breading, I grow up with rescues, one was an amazing German Shepard that was discarded by a puppy farm after multiple litters. Remember the price of your puppy is not just financial.
  • 5 0
 I agree with this for the most part, but it is very breed dependent. It's OK to buy from a reputable, ethical, preservation breeder. If you need a truly hypoallergenic dog, this can be the only way to make that happen.
  • 11 0
 What's wrong with breading? Personally it's my favourite way of preparing chicken
  • 17 0
 Not a big fan of the cheesy commentary but OMG LOOK AT ALL THESE PUPIES IT'S SO CUTE
  • 3 0
 I LOVED the cheesy commentary! I honestly think its what made the vid so good - the actual filming was amazing but the commentary bought it to life.
  • 18 1
 I miss my dog.
  • 11 0
 I tried to make mine a trail dog, she was just too social. She loves everyone and everything. Yes, she's loyal to me, but she just can't help herself to say hi to everyone. With the exception of the dog park, where it's expected to have dogs run and be social, she's on leash....I've come to terms with her never joining me on rides. Not that she doesn't love the woods, she does love hikes. And we get out often.
  • 4 0
 Same here, only my dog is too prey-driven. He loves to run after the bike, but more than that, he loves to run after squirrels and deer. Don't want him to clean somebody out if he starts "hunting" and runs across the trail at the wrong time...
  • 9 0
 I'm not saying one way is right or wrong, and maybe it's a 'North Shore' thing, but I trained my dog to always run behind me as the last think I wanted was her stopping on some woodwork, or half way down a techy descent.
I also tended to stick to slower trails, not ride when loads of people were around, and stop on a regular basis or go at her pace so she didn't feel that she had to sprint for her life. At 9 years old she's now 'retired' from riding with me, but is healthy and no joint issues. I just have to graduate the 'leaving the house with a bike' process or she howls..... Frown
  • 10 5
 my rescue is scared of everyone, biking is actually when she's at her best and happiest. she can't go for a neighbourhood walk, doesn't do dog parks but get her into the bush and she's fully stoked. i don't understand all these "no dogs on trails comments" she is faster than everyone and if you're scared of dogs what are you going to do if you run into a bear? LOL maybe mountain biking isn't the sport for these pinkbikers.
  • 3 2
 @crysvb: Let the dog deal with the bear while we take off?

Just kidding.

Run just the same as from a dog. However, we have only seen a bear on local trails once, the dogs every ride.
  • 2 0
 Mine is exactly the same. She is now 9 and cries every time I leave with my bike. She thinks she's a pup but after an easy ride on Seymour, her hips hurt for days.
  • 1 0
 I was so lucky to have a dog that was following me down the trails until last year. He's 14 now... Same here: I was searching mostly slower, techy trails, especially when he got older. I take him up the hill for trail building still - perfect non-action for a retired dog
  • 11 0
 That brown and white dog in the photos at the end should give classes on how to scrub like an absolute pro
  • 9 0
 Arrgh, I miss my Amber so much... my ultimate trail buddy... . Great film and some amazing footage.
  • 7 1
 As a fellow trail dog owner, this really hit a cord. I love seeing my dog's content face at the end of a ride, getting home and seeing her sleep the most beautiful sleep. Sharing a trail with a dog is pretty special, but we, as the dog owner, have increased responsibilities: picking up their poop and carrying it with us, making sure our dog is well trained and behaved, making sure we don't go too far and have plenty of water for them, etc...
More importantly, we need to make sure we take our time with our dogs. Some dog breeds mature slower than others and doing a 15kms ride with a 6 months old pup is potentially physically damaging for the pup. Can they do it? Yes, but I think this is a clear "it is not because you can that you should" case. It took me 2 long agonizing years before I took her for a ride. Why agonizing? Because I knew she could do it and she wanted to do it, but by doing it, I would have potentially jeopardized her longevity as a trail dog and created potential physical problems for her later in life. I decided it wasn't fair to her, so I waited. We need to take care of our trail dogs because they love us so much that they will kill themselves following us. The onus is on us to know better and to ensure they have a long fulfilled life as a trail dog.
  • 13 7
 I'm surprised how many people on here suck. Bike trails and forests are not exclusively for your enjoyment only. Animals, including dogs, belong out there as much as we do. How about just being a little more understanding about how other people enjoy themselves and not get stuck on that one time you had to avoid a dog. Dog scrubs rule!
  • 10 3
 That unfortunately is the self entitled dog attitude that is causing all the issues. Why do we suck because we step in your dogs poop? Get barked at/ licked , knocked down by your dogs. Your dogs also keep the rest of nature away because they chase it.

It seems that people are complaining about the dogs/owners actions not the dogs themselves, so that is down to the owners not the dogs.

There are many, many awesome dogs out there that are well controlled, but unfortunately they are outnumbered a thousand times by those that are not.

Probably the difference between a trail dog and just bringing any dog along for a ride.

If it was up to me I would probably open my own SPCA in my backyard so do not take this as animal hate.
  • 1 0
 How seldom do you imagine people ride to where they might have been inconvenienced once? It happens multiple times a week for me
  • 5 0
 Gwin must have watched trail dogs scrubbing over jumps. No training for the dogs to scrub like pro riders, they just do it. Me not so much. Great to watch the slow motion on the dogs on the trail, so cool.
  • 8 0
 Belly scrubs for belly rubs.
  • 7 0
 Finally, an acceptable use of slow motion video!
  • 6 0
 I retired my trail dog 4 years ago. Her little hips just cant handle it any more Frown
  • 3 0
 Came for the great video and memories of back in the day when the trails were less populated and my doggo was more spry. Left because people hating on everything and everyone. Trail dogs are awesome and I smile back at one every time I see one. Honestly, if you can't tolerate people, kids, hikers, dogs, and horses on trails - better stick to road biking or you indoor trainer. The outdoors are getting crowded because they are awesome. Bad attitudes out there stink like dog shit too.
  • 3 0
 great way to start the day. Any way we can get a list of the breeds featured in the movie? Maybe looking for a dog soon and would be nice to know breeds that make good trail dogs. Thanks.
  • 7 0
 26” dogs forever.
  • 4 2
 Great video! Trail dogs are the best riding buddies. Never any excuses, always 100% excited to go to the woods. All the guys hating on dogs either have bad experiences with bad owners or havent had the fun of owning their own trail dog. Heres my little loki, he shreds!
www.pinkbike.com/u/drfunsocks/album/Loki
  • 6 1
 Dog scrub competition. Go.
  • 7 3
 Excellent. Agree dogs need to be well under control. I keep mine well away from popular tracks.
  • 4 0
 I wonder if the real @mikelevy can scrub nearly as good as Lorny s dog ? Or if thats actually Mike Levy re incarnated....hmn
  • 5 0
 I'm just here for the dog scrubs
  • 2 1
 Belly Scrubs > Bubba Scrubs
  • 2 0
 Serously, you can make an instructional video about line choice, body position, looking ahead, weighting the front end – all with only trail dog footage... I learned so much today!
  • 1 0
 Well trained dogs are awesome. Poorly trained dogs are, most likely, still awesome. They just have crappy owners. I’ve taken one of my dogs out on the trails with me, and he does great. He’s on the smaller side, so not intimidating, he’s interested in people but has a healthy fear of bikes. He sticks to the trails and doesn’t wander off into the desert. The biggest problems I have are:

1. If I can’t see him I worry about him. It’s like taking your kids to a public event. If I don’t have eyes on them I’m constantly worried.
2. Rattlesnakes. They’re everywhere, and if I’m dropping that kinda money I better be getting a new bike.
3. Heat and water. It’s easy enough to get dehydrated in the desert when I can self monitor. Way too hard to keep stopping to hydrate the pooch.

I’ve only once had a problem while taking him out. Once he got lost because at a trail intersection I crossed paths with a family and while I kept going he turned and followed the kids. 2 of them about the same age/size as my kids. I think he just got confused.
  • 4 0
 @bdub5696: get a small cow bell for your dogs collar. It’s great as you can hear them as well as other trail users, it really helps keep the surprises down to a minimum. Just make sure it doesn’t dangle too low and get snagged on stuff.
  • 2 0
 @DHhack: I like it
  • 1 0
 Hercules is almost 8, we’ve been riding together for just over 7 years. Mostly solo rides as he’s not much into stopping unless there’s a stream or some other body of water there. He’s slowing down and being more careful now, but he still doesn’t say no to going for a ride. m.pinkbike.com/photo/20517733
  • 1 0
 Could never ride with my dog (Border Terrier, SoCal, crowded trails, and passed away just before Covid after 18 years), but he somehow always knew the difference between coming back from a road ride or an MTB ride...a little disappointed look when I rolled up on the road bike, but an excited “way to go” attitude when rolling up on the MTB...this film struck a chord.
  • 3 2
 Started to read everyone’s BS justifications for having their dog on the trail. Then realized I only came here to let you know you’re all a bunch of c*^%s

Wish the DNR would start ticketing the lot of you. Sick of people acting like I’m an a*shole when I almost hit their dog that is supposed to be on a 6ft leash or less.

I love dogs, but would be happy to never see one on a MTB trail again.
  • 1 0
 What a stylish scrubs those dogs do! I had a dog way before I got into mountain biking. She passed away in 2006, and I got my first MTB only a year later. So the trails and the dogs was not happen in my life simultaneously. And will not..
  • 4 0
 I have had 2 dogs run into me this year (thankfully at low speeds)
  • 9 5
 Best video I've ever seen on pinkbike
  • 3 0
 'that was great, basically the only content I want to watch' - the first person I watched this with.
  • 3 0
 AWESOME!!! Our trail dog is now running across the astral planes and we miss her every day...
  • 2 0
 Scrubbing astral rollers with gusto!
  • 4 0
 I'm not crying you're crying
  • 1 1
 Below threshold threads are hidden... Really PinkBike??? My comment was not offensive, but just raising the question that PB should have a poll to get a percentage idea on peoples take of dogs all over the trails. Hey PinkBike, Truth Filter often??? What a bad joke PB has evolved to... I guess if you don't agree with PB's narrative, it is removed.
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 Would love to do this but my young dog has way to much prey drive. Anything so much as moves, it's dead. So can't even go off lead. She as she is very athletic (podenco).
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 I have a Sloughi, also a sighthound so very close to Podenco, it's fine when Iam fast, in that case I am the pray she goes for, on flats and ups I leash her. But understand you totally
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 Kona dogs sure look more and more realistic. These models can even move!
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 Best damn mtb flick.
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 Woof Woof!!
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 two barks means faster
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 Loved it, such a fun film to watch.
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 Wish I could ride with my dog(s). Just not an option with the amount of traffic our local trails see. Also heat, rattlesnakes, big kitties...
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 Isn't the point of a trail dog the sacrificial lamb so you don't get eaten by the big kitties/grizzlies etc...?
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 @fabwizard: You're a psychopath!
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 @scvkurt03: Hopefully not.

But isn't that why we domesticated dogs in the first place?

Just trying to get a reaction from all the dog lovers ;-)
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 @fabwizard: Is it? That’s brutal, but unsurprising if true.
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 @scvkurt03: pretty much.
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 @fabwizard: Not really. Ever visited a dog owners house? Did the dog start barking long before you walked up to the front door. That's why dogs were domesticated: alarm bells.
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 @kcy4130: And if that front door was open(like a cave entry), that dog would put itself between the person and the house. physical protection.
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 The picture of Emmy doing a tummy-scrub is the best.
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 @mikekazimer please don't make us wait until next April for the Keoke trail edit of this - as a factory rider for MIPS

& "Dogs" would be a good filter for articles on pinkbike.
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 Double TPLO surgery on my dog over the winter. She sure loved being on the trails. Small little rides hopefully this summer.
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 why cant people just appreciate good content. you don't always have to throw in your 2 cents...
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 If you don't like dogs, we can't be friends.
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 Woah! The trail with the goldendoodle is prov canyon, an absolute gem! Incredible to see Logan's second best trail get some love.
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 Which is the best trail?
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 @mdlerch: definitely stump hollow if you ask me. There's some other black trails around that are ok as well, but stump takes it for me because the scenery is just gorgeous!
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 @ryd-or-die: For sure stump is fun. too bad it has the shortest season.
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 @mdlerch agreed. On the cache range I think prov's accessibility and features w are the best bang for your ride. The black trail whose name escapes me at the opening of blacksmith fork is good too, but for the amount of effort it takes to get up it's almost not worth it. Only other contender for best on the front range is a maybe illegal trail so..
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 Hats off, Shimano! This was a brilliant film that perfectly captures the joy of a good trail dog. Now get back to making derailleurs.
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 Nothing better than running over a friend's or strangers trail dog when it stops in the middle of the trail in front if you. Or runs out in front of you because the owners an idiot. Stopped once and ate shit, now just pop a little wheelie and continue on. This generation and their dogs are annoying as fuck.
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 stunning footage. annoying AF commentary!
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 Excellent ! Quality !
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 Ruh Roh
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 Loved this...
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 Better than an ebike, fast pull up, unleash the beast and race against it down. My doggo loves biking!
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 The two little guys were the best...such buddies.
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 ....Also dogs are the best, good luck getting your cat to do this
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 So cool seeing all these dogs doing what they love! Look how happy they all are Smile
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 Thanks Shimano for funding this....keeping the trails a happy place. More dogs please.
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 I think there are more dogs on the bike trails here then bikers haha. But they are always we;; adapted.
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 Amazing ! I like dogs more then humans , all trails would be better with less people on them.
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 Less people... and dogs
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 same trail as the one jackson goldstone and ifht did a whips are easy vid question mark?
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 life goal is to scrub like Emmy
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 You all sound like a bunch of whinners
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 I need a dog to buy a Pinkbike collar like the one the last shot
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 Traveling dogs in truck bed, @ 2:45, is a really bad and in fact illegal in some states. They bounce around the metal frame every time the car brakes, turns sharp and such.
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 Dude, it's in Africa the rules of the road there are pretty much non-existent. And the guy won't be randomly jamming on his brakes or drifting around corners, driving a truck there is like being a good rider on the shore it takes a lot of skill.
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 I think this is the same lady that did the narration on Fern Gully
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 Some of those dogs can scrub!
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 Great video. Still like @alsager video better.
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 I have a question. If someone's dog takes me out on a trail and i break my arm. Is the owner liable?
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 when you go mountain biking you're choosing to expose yourself to certain risks. so if you hit a root and break an arm is the tree liable? what if a wild animals runs in front of you and throws you off? i'm really not understanding your hate for dogs, unless you're just trolling
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 @crysvb: First of all I would like to point out that I love all animals, and they can tell, I am instantly any dogs new best friend any time I meet a new dog.

However, I think the amount of negative comments about trail dogs shows there is a real issue out there that should be dealt with.

I would summarize the common issues.
1. Leaving dog waste everywhere
2. Dogs that run in front of strangers tires.
3. Dogs that are overly friendly/aggressive

Honestly, the fix to this is all down to the dog owners. Clean up after your dog and if you cannot trust your dogs behavior it should be on a leash or left at home.
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 I’d think it’d come down to the particulars of the case, how good your attorney is and most importantly if the judge or jury is/are dog lovers.
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 @crysvb: legally all dogs are supposed to be on a 6ft leash where I ride. So if I hit and subsequently injure or kill a dog because of some owners negligence. Not only am I suing for whatever injuries I sustained, I’d be going after them for the therapy of the emotional trauma of the accident as well as pushing for them to be charged with animal negligence as it’s what caused the accident in the first place.

I accept and choose to take certain risks, but I also expect others to act within the confines of the law so as not to exacerbate my risks.
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 @crysvb: it’s not a hate for dogs. Hardly anyone hates dogs. What if you let a toddler wander about on the trails? Is that okay? It’s about responsibility and consideration for others. There is nuance too. Riding out in open trails, with little traffic, is fine with a dog. The issue is congested areas.
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 @tobiusmaximum: well i said before in another comment, i've never been inconvenienced by any dog on the trails, hikers, slow bikers and kids have stopped me though. i wouldn't take my dog down bobsled for example on the north shore LOL but i've never had a problem with her getting in the way of any rider. i guess i'm just surprised at how many pinkbikers have bad experiences/bad views on trail dogs.
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 @crysvb: Bobsled and roadside attraction, the climbing trail from McNair are bad for dogs. Climbing trail also loaded with hikers/walkers dogs.

Climbing from Braemer usually lots of dogs as well.(dont get me started on the amount of dog poop in the first 100 meters of that trail)

Mt. Hwy is the worst though by far. However, usually not in your way there just scaring the crap outa the kids.

On another note I was surprised to find out how many kids are nervous/scared of dogs and i dont think adults especially dog owners are aware of this. All of my kiddos riding buddies are at minimum nervous about dogs. My granddaughter is complete opposite she would try to pet a rabid pit bull and tell the owner "i love your dog". But that is 1 out of about 10 kids we ride with. Also worthy of note she is the only dog owner in that group.
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 Newsflash, no one but you loves your trail dog. Every time I see a dog running up to me on the trail I become extremely annoyed
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 Finally!!!! Not another boring AF mtb film! Four paws rule!!!! Wink
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 Awesome video. Dogs are the best
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 1:41 is awesome #steezedog
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 Ahhh yummy, me so hungry looking at these dogs, bring them on down to the Little China town and we cook them up good with some rice and bat wings! Smile
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 Just came here for the comments
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 ....
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 Love it. Be a good dog dad and take your little buddy for a ride
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 Nice 01:30
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