Bikejoring/Fat bikejoring

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Important: Before attempting to do this sport, your dog should learn the commands while you are going to be on foot first and be good at it and be good with his commands. It could be easy to get injured if you try to put your dog in front of your bike before prior training.

Q.What is bikejoring?

A. Bikejoring is a dog sport. It is a sport where a harnessed dog or team of dogs are attached to a towline and they have to pull and run ahead of a cyclist. The cyclist give word of command. Bikejoring is a dry land activity. As for fat-bikejoring it can be a winter activity. Bikejoring is also sometimes used to train racing sled-dogs out of season.

Q. What you will need for this sport?

A. A mountain bike or fat bike, a helmet, some people don’t use a bikejore extender pole but myself I like to use one and a towline. I also like to wear gloves with knuckles protectors especially in the woods. You could also wear protective eyeglass. A good pair of running shoes.

Q. What your dog will need to start this sport?

A. A canicross harness (see harness section), maybe boots and winter coat depending of the season

Q. What level of training you and your dog will need to start this sport?

AFirst of all you need to be good and confident on your bike after that, you and your dog need the intro to canicross course completed for your safety, the safety of others and the safety of your dog. This is a demanding sport so you will have to start with your dog slowly.
Q. What breed of dog you need for this sport?

A. Any breed, any dog that loves to jore(pull). 
Q. What size of dog can do this sport?

AAny size dog can bikejore. Dogs that weight 14 kg and up are good candidate. Don’t forget to respect your dog rhythm. If your dog is not a puller and you want to keep it this way there is a product that can be install under your seat and the dog will be able to follow your past. I don’t recommand this toll for dog’s that pull as the dog can pull you down, it could be dangerous. Don’t forget it is a team effort you have to help your dog. 

Q. When can a dog start doing joring sport?

A.  It depend on the breed of the dog. Every breed/dog is different, it is hard to say for sure, dogs don’t come with a label. The larger they are the longer the growth plate will take to end their growth therefore it will take longer to start joring sport. The smaller they are the faster their growth plate will reach their growth. The best is to wait until the plates have finished their growth. If you are not sure, ask your vet. 
Q What are other similar joring sport?

A. Dog scootering

You would like to know more about bikejoring, than join us in a try out. You know that you would like to practice this sport, well than, why don’t you take a workshop. This workshop will teach you everything you need to know to start this sport safely with your dog.

For the human and for the dog. The human should be seen by a doctor prior starting an exercise program, ask him if the program will be appropriate for you. Same thing with your dog. You should see the vet about the new exercise program that you will be starting with your dog to know if it will be appropriate.

Christianne Tremblay

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