Get ready for a winter ride!
Special Interest: RunningSports - PullSports - Winter
This is a run, recreational activity for you and your dog. You stand up on a kicksled or scooter with your dog harnessed in front. The main difference is that kicksleds work on the snow while scooters are meant for the road.
How does it work? In general, your kick back at the ground to give the sled or scooter momentum to move foward while your dog pulls in front. Hang on for a ride!
This sport is reserved for stronger dogs who can pull your weight. Dogs should be at least 30 pounds. Proper harnesses and equipment can be purchased at retailers such as CanaDog.
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Activities: Kicksledding, Scootering, Snow Play
Items Needed: Kicksled or Scooter designed to be used with a dog, Appropriate harnesses and attachments for your dog, Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection (Shoes or Wax), Snacks, First Aid Kit, Whistle, Appropriate Survival Gear, Coat (optional), Layered Clothing (optional), GPS Device (optional), Map (optional), Eye Protection (optional), Suncreen (optional), Extra Clothing (optional), 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. Please use equipment and attachments made specifically for kicksledding or scootering use. Pay attention to winter and running safety for your dog.
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