|05-18-2014 01:53 PM|
|05-16-2014 08:02 PM|
I really want to get the Diggler dog scooter to use in place of the bike this fall. Here's what they look like:
If you search google images or youtube for vids, there are tons! So much fun, and much closer to the experience of standing on a sled versus sitting on a bike, and you kick to help the dogs instead of pedalling.
|05-16-2014 06:09 PM|
This is very very cool. My GSD will enjoy doing this. And I will too... if this means less labor for me.
How did you learn the commands for it? The command words you listed sound so foreign.
|05-16-2014 05:10 PM|
That looks like so much fun!
So basically, it is skijoring with the person on a bike? From the pictures it looks like you have a skijor belt on, with the gangline attached to that? And do you have a bungee on your gangline? The ones I have are standard non bouncy ones.
I want to try this out, I can rollerblade in the city with two dogs, and got a dog sled that we went out with a few times this past winter. But I just moved to the country and am looking into ways to practise the mushing in the off season so we are ready for the real thing this winter! The off season carts are super expensive. My only issue is that I have always biked with the dogs, but in the city I've always trained them to stay beside or behind the bike. But I'm sure they can learn.
|05-16-2014 03:11 PM|
|05-15-2014 10:03 PM|
But at least on a mountain bike I have brakes. I would never try this on roller blades, just like I'll never skijor. No brakes! The dogs are trained to understand the WHOA command, but like recall (especially in Sibes), it's never fullproof, at least not yet. I'm still a newbie and I've been doing this for 4 years now. I love my time spent biking the dogs, and they go crazy when they know it's time for their bike ride, so they must love it too!
|05-14-2014 10:25 PM|
This all started when my dogs were younger. I had Nara first, and eventually rescued Paw Paw, our Siberian Husky. I was walking them as pups, and doing the dog park thing (which turned bad with dog fights), and started looking for newer and better ways to exercise, train and work the dogs. Both breeds are working breeds, so I was looking into search & rescue for Nara and sled dog stuff for Paw Paw. I found out about dog sports like carting, skijoring, bikejoring, dog scootering, etc. When there's no snow, you still have to run your huskies, so they call it dryland mushing. Diggler (www.digglerstore.com/) is the company that makes the really nice dog scooters, but the one I want is almost $800. When I was looking into carting, all of the carts were really expensive too. I already owned a good quality mountain bike, so I went the bikejoring route, as I don't ski and didn't live in an area with enough snow at the time for sledding. Eventually I'll get that Diggler dog scooter I've been eyeing for 4 years, but until then, the mountain bike works just fine. Once I got my second husky, Beowulf, I joined the Cascade Sled Dog Club in Oregon (there are similar clubs all over the US) and met with more experienced sled dog people. One of them had their own business of selling and distributing gear, and they helped me match the dogs to the correct sizes and taught me what I needed to know to get started. Here's the first pic of me bikejoring with Paw Paw and Beowulf from about 3 years ago:
Anyways, I found that any dog with a desire to pull would be alright bikejoring or carting, etc. Medium to larger dogs would do better than smaller dogs, but any breed along with huskies can do it. That's when I tried out Nara and now Kaze, my 2 GSDs. I want them to stay in shape and get a lot of exercise. Can they keep up with my Sibes? Kaze can, yes, but he's also the youngest of my 4 dogs. Nara can hang in there, but she's obviously not on the same level as my 3 boys, as she's the oldest and the only one fixed. Still, she sticks with us the entire way trotting alongside and not really pulling anymore like she did back in her younger years. When I outfitted my Sibes with the proper sled dog gear, I also bought everything for Nara and now Kaze too. They have X-back harnesses (just like what the Iditarod dogs normally wear), tug lines, gang lines, neck lines, and they all connect to my skijoring belt/harness with a bungee line. I've taught them all of the commands, like gee, haw, hike, on by, whoa, etc. 99% of the time, they're great. Every now and then I have to correct them when a coyote passes too close to us, or we encounter some other new distraction. But we've been doing this for years now and the dogs have it all figured out.
As for where to get the gear, there are a lot of places online. I prefer my local connection, but a lot of people go through Alpine Outfitters (www.alpineoutfitters.net) because they can make custom-sized harnesses to fit your particular dog. I think the best thing is to find other sled dog people in your area who can meet with you and your dog personally to size them up and assist with training in the beginning until you figure things out and get comfortable. I would love to help anyone in Idaho!
Bikejoring is a lot of fun. The dogs love to run and pull and be given a job to do! I love the entire experience. Anything that has to do with me being with my dogs out in nature is a win-win for everyone involved! And now my children are getting old enough that I can start passing down my skills to them so they can start experiencing this special time being out there with our dogs that I've been holding so close to my heart all these years.
Hope that helps. I feel like I've been rambling and going off on tangents. I started typing this up last night and completed it today. I hope it all jibes together.
|05-14-2014 08:59 PM|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||well I cant help but worry if the dog gets side tracked, ie, a cat or deer and pulls her down. Call me an anxious neurotic mother, lol|
|05-14-2014 02:55 PM|
|KathrynApril||Very cool! Love the last picture. Your daughter & dog both look very happy!|
|05-14-2014 02:42 PM|
|counter||Thanks for the replies, everyone! I will respond to those of you who asked questions as soon as I find the time.|
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