Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse, a dog (or dogs) or a motor vehicle. It is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring meaning ski driving. Skijoring with a dog is a sport in which a dog (or dogs), assist a cross-country skier. One to three dogs are commonly used. The cross-country skier provides power with skis and poles, and the dog adds additional power by running and pulling. The skier wears a skijoring harness, the dog wears a sled dog harness, and the two are connected by a length of rope. There are no reins or other signaling devices to control the dog: The dog must be motivated by its own desire to run, and respond to the owner's voice for direction.
Many breeds of dog participate in skijoring. The only prerequisite is a desire to run down a trail and pull, which is innate in many dogs. Small dogs (less than 35 pounds) are rarely seen skijoring, because they do not greatly assist the skier; however, since the skier can provide as much power as is required to travel, any enthusiastic dog can participate. Athletic dogs such as Pointers, Setters and herding breeds take to skijoring with glee, as do the northern breeds, such as Siberian and Alaskan Huskies, Malamutes, Samoyeds, and Inuit dogs; however, any energetic dog is capable of enjoying this sport. Golden Retrievers, Giant Schnauzers, Labs, and many cross-breeds are seen in harness. Pulling breeds work well also such as American Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, American bull dogs, and mastiffs.
The sport is practiced recreationally, and competitively, both for long distance travel and for short (sprint) distances.
Bluerose Alaskan Malamutes
How does canicross differ from the others? The sport is set up so that the dog is attached to its owner by the waist while walking or running. Your dog is attached to you by means of a harness, a canicross belt that wraps around your waist, and a lead line.
The History of Canicross
The word canicross is a combination of the words canine and cross country. The date that this activity was officially named is uncertain due to the fact that people have performed it for years with their dogs as a leisure activity. The very first Canicross World Championships were held in 2002 at Ravenna, Italy.
BIKEJORING AND DOG SCOOTERING:
Bikejoring is a dog mushing activity related to skijoring, canicross, and dog scootering. It is a recreation or sport where a harnessed dog or team of dogs attached to a towline have to pull and run ahead of a cyclist. Bikejoring is a non snow season (dryland) activity. Bikejoring and canicross are both dryland mushing activities that probably developed from skijoring and dogsled racing. Bikejoring is also sometimes used to train racing sled-dogs out of season.
Joring has become a very popular sport and involves little to no cost. The types of joring in this section are skijoring, bikejoring, scootering and canicross. This is a great exercise as it incorporates the pulling that the malamutes are bred for and common activities that you probably already enjoy.
Probably the most common activity especially in the city for walking dogs. Anyone who has watched the Dog Whisperer knows that Caesar Milan does this all the time. It's a great exercise for the dog without you running or walking to keep up.
Here are some links to get you started.
The big dog's world: http://www.thebigdogsworld.com/canicross.aspx
TYPES OF JORING