Big dogs need more exercise than most people can give them. They love to run, but allowing them to run off-leash can be dangerous. For us to run on a leash at their speed is impossible.
With the Dog Scooter the human is in control of steering and braking instead of having the dog out in front which requires a lot of specialized training and is not suitable for urban settings. To propell the scooter, all the dog needs to do is go forward, which they love to do. The scooter is light with low rolling resistance and no downward drag on the dog. To be part of a team, the human can also kick to provide forward momentum.
The Dog Scooter would be good exercise for any big dog, but I think it would be particularly good for a standard Poodle.
They are quite courageous, powerful dogs. They learn quickly, enjoy working as a team with their owners, and love to show off. Poodles have distinguished themselves as sled dogs, but their paws are not made for running in snow. Most Poodles and their owners refuse to accept the stereotype of Poodle as wimpy dog.
The scooter has a lot of built in safety features, which allows it to be enjoyed by older children and older adults.
The scooters are custom built depending on the dog’s weight and measurements. You can even choose the color. The price of $540 for a custom built scooter seems in line with other sports and hobbies and you won’t have to travel long distances to use the Dog Scooter. No special equipment or clothing is needed.
The scooter was invented and developed by Mark Schuette. And I will admit that his email, “Poodle Mushing” caught my attention and imagination.
More information is on their website, including tips for beginning the sport.