Living in Breckenridge means people always ask, "do you ski or board?" I then answer, "I skijor," and the blank stares begin.
So, skijoring defined:
- 1 part human on cross country skis.
- 2 parts Siberian Husky in sledding harnesses (or any 1-2 dogs that love to pull & run).
- 1 part gang line attached around the waist/hips of the human and attached to the husky harnesses.
Things you need to teach and entrust in your 4-legged skiing pals:
- Go (or forward) command - this one requires no training with Siberian Huskies.
- Left & Right Turn commands - I teach these on a leash on walks from day 1, so it comes natural once in harness.
- On By (or "leave it" or "ignore those other dogs" or "ignore those cows") command - I will be continuing to perfect this one the rest of my life ;-)
- Stop (or wait) command - the most unnatural command for a Siberian Husky to learn. My trick: I keep a pack of sliced hotdogs with me while skijoring; to my huskies, "wait" means, "STOP - FREE HOTDOGS!" Works for me...
- Easy (or slowdown) command - another hard one for the Siberian Husky vocabulary; but we are getting it.
- Over to the Right (or Left) command (moving from one side of a wide trail to another) - I teach this one on walks too, so it comes naturally.
Good luck and HANG ON ;-)