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Bring your dog along next time cross-country skiing!

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    Bring your dog along next time cross-country skiing!

    Special Interest: Sports - Winter

    Cross Country Skiing is an easy sport to get into with your dog, given that you already have all the equipment and know how to ski. Additional equipment that you may need includes a hands free leash. Skijoring is a related activity that involves having your dog or multiple dogs pull you in front.

    Great trails are often found at resorts, nordic centers or large state parks, but make sure you find out their policies on dogs before you go. You should have at least 4-6 inches of packed snow. Make sure your dog is tall enough that he can run through the snow comfortably. Running in snow is a lot more demanding so train slowly to build up you and your dog’s stamina and endurance.


     

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    Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Skiing, Snow Fun

    TAGS: Cross-country Skiing, Skiing

    Items Needed: Hands Free Leash, Harness / Collar, Poop Bags, Snacks, GPS Device (optional), Extra Leash, Map, Eye Protection, Sunscreen, First Aid Kit, Whistle, Appropriate Survival Gear, Extra Clothing (optional), and Poles (optional).

    Safety: Consult your vet to make sure it is safe to take your dog out in the cold, especially if you have a younger or older dog who could get frostbite or hypothermia. Your dog will warm up as he moves, but watch for shivering, slow breathing, lethargy, and dilated pupils. Those are signs to head back, put an extra coat or blanket on your dog. You may also want to give him some warm water. Don't forget to trim the fur between your dog's paws! Going on a new trail or mountain area - go with a friend - safety in numbers. You should have good control over your dog at all times.


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