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Beginners' Dryland Workshop

Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
1 to 3 p.m.
Canvasback Pet Supplies
Cost is $30 for one person or $50 for two
Call 204-757-2701 by Oct. 20 to register.


If your dog can pull you on leash down the sidewalk, you can harness that pulling power and have fun outside with your canine best friend.

While you can read about the theories of skijoring and kick sledding online, nothing beats having hands-on experience under the guidance of trainers who understand how dogs think and behave.

Snow Motion co-coordinators Susie Strachan and Lorne Volk have more than 30 collective years of experience in teaching people to train their dogs in winter dog sports.

This beginners' workshop features both indoor theory and outdoor hands-on work, in which participants will learn the basics of urban mushing.

The workshop introduces the concept of training before you hitch your dog to a sled or skis (or scooter or bike), so you and your dog learn to work together. Your dog will learn the basic commands, and you'll get a chance to try out the kick sleds (or scooters at the dryland workshop).

The workshop supplies you with loaner equipment, instructions for training at home, plus treats for your dogs!

Dogs should be:

  • over 1 year in age, and in good health. We will take pups 6 months of age and up, but you should not use the pup for pulling until it is over 12 months of age.
  •  on leash at the workshop.
Be prepared to leave your dog in the car for the first portion of the workshop (or make arrangements to bring a crate indoors). You are also responsible for clean-up after your dog, and also to keep your dog separate from the other dogs in the workshop, for safety concerns.

You are welcome to bring your own equipment, including harnesses and skijoring rigs, and cross-country skis (or bike for the dryland workshop). Remember to dress for the weather, as the workshop will go ahead.

You must have your own dog for the workshop (or a borrowed dog). The idea is to train your dog in order to enjoy the sports either with the club or on your own.

Thanks to our club sponsors at Canvasback Pet Supplies, this workshop loans you the harnesses, skijoring belts and lines, plus kick sleds. Dryland workshop participants have a chance to try out a scooter rig.

The workshop covers the basics. If you would like more training, we offer FREE training walks on Sunday mornings. These allow you to continue to learn the skills under the guidance of Snow Motion club coordinators.

The training walks continue until the on-snow groomed trails are ready to use. At this point, all people running with the club must be a member of Snow Motion (for insurance purposes). Membership is $20 for the year. See more details here.

During the winter, we offer training group sessions, where we work on skills such as reinforcing the mushing commands, how to pass safely, trail etiquette and more. Club members can also rent the club kick sled (see rental page), which go to beginners first.

For more information on beginner's lessons, send an email to Susie at sstracha@mymts.net.


NOTE: Canvasback Pet Supplies has moved to
1 Wellink Drive in Lockport.

Canvasback Pet Supplies