Cross country skate joring

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. It could be easy to get injured if you try to put your dog in front of you while on roller-blade before prior training.
. What is skate joring?

A. Skate joring is a new dog sport. You like skating or cross country skiing and you have a furry friend that you like very much. Well here is a sport, that you will probably like very much!  It is a sport where a harnessed dog is attached to a towline that is attached to the owners belt and he have to pull and run ahead of a skater. The skater give word of command. Skate-joring is a dryland activity. It is an activity that can be done on flat grass or even on rock dust type path. Easier on the dog’s paws

Q. What your will need for this sport?

A. A joring belt, a line, agood pair of running shoes, an helmet, elbow, wrist and knee protector, the skike and poles

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

A. A canicross harness.

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

A. First of all, you will need to be good and confident in yourself on those skate. You need the basic canicross course to do this type of sport for your safety, the safety of your dog and the safety of others. 

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?

ADogs that weight 14 kg and up are good candidate. Don’t forget to respect your dog rhythm. 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. Ski-joring and also mountainboard joring 

Some people use roller-blade(roller-blade joring) but roller blade can only be use on pavement only and pavement is not the best surface for a dog to run, it can cause abrasion on the dog's pad.

You would like to know more about this sport, 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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