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Beginners' Skijoring & Kick Sledding Workshop

Saturday, January 5, 2019
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Farm Pet Retreat, St. Claude, MB
$30 per person
Please register by Jan. 3, 2019
Contact Rachelle at rachelle@thefarmpetretreat.com to register

For more information on lessons in Winnipeg, see info at the page bottom.

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 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, 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 sled / scooter.

The workshop supplies you with loaner equipment, instructions for training at home, plus training 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.
You are 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. 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.

For information on lessons in Winnipeg, send an email to Susie at sstracha@mymts.net.

Upcoming beginners' lessons will be held on:
  • Sunday, Jan. 6, 10 a.m. at Birds Hill Park's group use area 1 trail.
  • Sunday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. at Birds Hill Park's group use area 1 trail.

Beginners lessons cost is $30 per person. We provide a loaner harness, kick sled or skijoring belt and gangline, training treats and a sheet of instructions. We go over how to gear up and how to train your dog in the mushing commands.

Lessons are a pre-requisite to a membership in Snow Motion*. Taking a lesson gets you into the beginners' run on Sunday mornings, where you learn how to safely work around the other teams, trail etiquette and how the club functions.

Fall intake for the beginners' runs ends on Sunday, Dec. 9.

We are also holding a lesson on Jan. 12, 2019 at Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Details tba.

* Prior experience or training will be assessed upon request, prior to club membership.


NOTE: Canvasback Pet Supplies has moved to1 Wellink Drive in Lockport.

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