Try something new this winter with your dog!
Special Interest: Sports - Winter
Skijoring is a sport that where dogs pull a cross-country skiier. Dogs are harnessed to their owner and the owner uses poles to help push forward. This sport is reserved for stronger dogs who can pull your weight. Dogs should be at least 30 pounds.
SkijorUSA provides more information about gettings started with skijoring. If it’s not snowing, consider going bikejoring or running with your dog!
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Activities: Skijoring, Skiing, Canicross
Items Needed: Cross-Country Skiis, Poles, Appropriate harnesses, tether line, waist belt, 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)
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. Once you are outside, make sure your dog stays warm. 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! If you are going on a new trail or mountain area - safety in numbers. Pay attention to winter and running safety for your dog.
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