Skijoring with Your Dog

Try This Fun Sport with Your Dog!

Are you trying to beat the winter blues?  Have you been stuck inside but are looking for some wintery fun for you and your dog?

If you like skiing, you will probably LOVE skijoring.  What is skijoring?,  You ask! Skijoring is actually a sport where your dog pulls you on cross country skis.  You can use up to three dogs to help propel yourself up those nasty inclines and hills that are tough to tackle on skis!  If you are brave, you can even attach a yourself to a horse, but I don’t think I am brave enough to go quite that fast!

Skijoring started in Norway, land of the snow, and was often a good way to travel.  Skijor means to plow snow with your face, which you may get accustomed to as you begin teaching your dog this sport.

It does require special equipment and harnesses for you and your dog and possibly doggy booties to make sure his feet don’t get too cold or encrusted with snow.   You can easily locate supplies on-line to help you both get started.

The most important command for your dog to learn is “Whoa” or the stop command.  You can easily work on this at home and make sure you build a good foundation prior to hooking him up to your harness in snow, or else you may have an entertaining ride flying at the speed of light!

In the beginning use a partner to help lead your dog as you give commands and help him learn what you mean.   You can use the lingo of the sport:

  • Whoa: stop
  • Easy: slow down
  • Hike: faster
  • Gee: turn right
  • Haw: turn left

Or if you have no intention of competing you can use your own commands, just make sure you are consistent.

Dress warm, and prepare for some good falls!  If you have a friend invite them along and maybe they can shoot some videos and you can end up the next Funniest Videos Winner!  Let’s just hope you don’t end up on World’s Dumbest!

For more information search the internet or go to www.skijor.org

Get out there and have some fun together!

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Comments

  1. CYNTHIA GONZALEZ says:

    This looks like fun, and I have been wanting to do it with my oscar, we already know the commands, a little differently, as we do this on a bicycle. But with the recent snow fall we havent been able to ride, and I know he would be PERFECT at this…

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  2. I love this sport! We did it every winter with our Huskies, Leo and Faxe (both of them reached the grand old age of 17+) we had such fun and many “exciting experiences, but we all became better and better at it, with perseverance and consistency.

    Leo and Faxe have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but soon our new shelter dog will arrive. It will not be a husky this time, but we can still teach it to have winter fun with us along with social skill training indoors and outdoors.

    It feels so good to open our home to a new saved shelter dog.This dog has no skills just now as it has never lived in a home,only a shelter after it was taken in from its street life.

    I am so looking forward to this challenge.
    This will be the 9th shelter dog entering into my life.We will have a lot to learn from each other and your lessons will be invaluable!

    I will keep you informed.
    All the best
    Coralie

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  3. I need to have some ideas on some other active things to do with them since using skis is not one of my activities for the winter time.They are a smaller breed of dog.
    But they do like cardboard boxes and their dog bones but I still feel the need to have some other types of play time.Do you have any ideas.

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  4. russ says:

    think outside the box…..

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  5. Javier says:

    I can’t make this sport because am paraplegic but i use my dog to pull me to every where,He-man is the name of my “boy” a pitbull bluenouse,1 year and 3 month old,he is my best friend, he go with me and pull me like i want,i have my own commands and he make well.

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