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Introduction to the sports


Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020
1 to 3 pm at the Visitor Centre
No fee, as this is hosted by the Park
Class size is limited to 10 participants

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".
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.

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If you live in the Winnipeg area, we can arrange a lesson on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at Assiniboine Park.

Cost is $30 per person. We provide a loaner harness, training treats and take-home sheet of instructions, and cover how to gear up and how to train your dog in the mushing commands. Private lessons last approximately 60 minutes.

Please contact to book a lesson.