What is dog scootering?
Dog scootering is an activity where at least one dog pulls a person riding a kick scooter. It is comparable to mushing but usually with fewer dogs and with a scooter rather than a sled. The dogs wear the same harness worn by sled dogs and are hooked via a gangline to the scooter. The gangline normally includes a bungee cord to eliminate shocks during takeoff and speeding up.
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Is every breed eligible?
Nearly about any dog can learn scootering. The dogs that are best suited to the sport include athletic breeds with an abundance of energy and breeds that love to pull, such as the husky breeds that have an inherent capacity to pull and run. However, that doesn’t mean other mixes or breeds won't enjoy the sport or excel at the activities. Many dogs love dog scootering and can benefit from the exercise.
What special equipment is required?
- X-back or shoulder harness
- Single or double lead tug
- Elbow and knee pads
- Cycling helmet
- Dog booties
What training is necessary?
If your dog is already trained to pull a bike or other type of equipment, then he will probably not need much encouragement to pull you on a scooter. Just secure your dog to the gangline attached to a scooter. With the brakes firmly on, place one foot on the scooter footplate, release the brakes, and give the command to let your dog know to start pulling.
Are there clubs or organizations?
- Skijor USA
- Canadian Eskimo Dog Association of Canada
- International Federation of Sled Dog Sports (IFSS)
- United States Federation of Sleddog Sports (UFFSS)
How do I get started?
Visit a local club or event to experience dog scootering. Make sure you can reasonably control your dog’s behavior if you want an introductory session. You can also familiarize yourself with the basic commands most often used in dog scootering.