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 with his commands. It could be easy to get injured if you try to put your dog in front of you while on skies before prior training.

. What is skijoring?

A. Skijoring is a winter dog sport. This sport has it’s roots in Scandinavia. It is a sport where a harnessed dog or team of dogs are attached to a towline and this towline is attached to the owner's belt and they have to pull and run ahead of a person wearing skies. The skier give word of command to guide the dog. Skijoring is a winter activity. Skijoring allows a dog and owner to exercise together while enjoying the outdoors during the winter months.

Q. What you will need for this sport?

A. Skies and poles(classic ski or skate ski), canicross belt, quick release attachment or panic snap, bungee line, helmet.

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

A. The proper harness for this kind of sport, depending of the weather a dog coat and depending of the dog's paw dog boots or paw ointment protector.

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 in yourself on ski before anything. You need to have completed an intro to canicross sport. You dog have to be fluent in his command.
 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?

A Dogs 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. Cross country skate joring

This sport can also be done with a
pulka, this sport is not known here in Canada yet! The pulka, sleigh is between the dog and the skier. Some people use roller-blade (roller-blade joring) but roller blade can only be use on pavement and pavement is not the best surface for a dog to run on, it can cause abrasion on the dog's pad.

You would like to know more about skijoring, 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.

Important!! 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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