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Introduction to the sports

Lessons are on hold, due to the pandemic. Sorry folks.

Love winter? If your dog pulls you on leash, there's a good chance they will be great in harness.

A beginner lesson, taught by Snow Motion co-coordinators Susie Strachan and Lorne Volk, will give you a taste of what it's like to train your dog to pull you on skis or a kick sled.

Our lessons provide you with a loaner harness, use of a kick sled, training treats and a take-home sheet of instructions. On-snow lessons will let you try the kick sleds. You can also bring your own skis.

The lesson covers how to gear up and how to train your dog to follow the mushing commands. You will have a chance to try out the Elsa and Prairie Dog kick sleds.

If you'd like to focus on skijoring, we can loan you a belt and gangline. You will need to supply your own skis, poles and boots. We will talk about how to modify your current ski set-up for skijoring.

What you need for a workshop:
  • Your dog(s) must be over 6 months of age in order to train. You must have your own dog (we don't supply them).
  • A leash for the dog(s), and good footwear.
  • Basic control over your dog(s). They should be able to follow simple commands such as "come" and "sit".
  • A non-medical mask for yourself.
The workshop lasts for approximately 2 hours. Please remember to dress for the weather conditions.

Your dog must stay in the car for the first part of the workshop. Please provide them with whatever you need to keep them warm and secure.

If you are interested in further training, beginners' group runs take place on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. wherever the club is running that day. You must take out a membership in Snow Motion, for insurance purposes, in order to join the beginners' group runs.