What is Skijoring and Why Should You Try It with Your Dog This Winter?

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With the temperature constantly dropping, our outdoor activities tend to go on a back burner and all we want to do is curl up on a couch with a blanket and a cup o’ Joe. But have you ever wondered who is it that gets most affected by such lethargy and loss of activity? You guessed it right. It’s your dog. Your furry companion might be getting more depressed with each passing day that he spends curled up idly in one corner of your electrically heated room. However, there are several winter activities that you and your dog can indulge in during those cold months, and shake off the sloth that has confined you within its unrelenting clutches. One such fun activity is skijoring.

What is Skijoring?

Skijoring is a winter sport that derives its name from a Norwegian word that literally translates to ‘sky driving’. In this sport, a person on the skis is pulled by his dog through a long rope that connects him to the latter’s harness. You and your dog can enjoy this amazing cross country team sport by getting around a local trail, touring the country suburbs or gliding across the snow laden golf course in your town. Although, the sport might appear a bit too complicated for your little friend, you must understand that the pulling part is a natural attribute of all four legged animals. You will eventually be surprised as to how well your dog takes to the sport, and learns to work on your commands of turning or halting.

How is it beneficial for your dog?

Skijoring has been a popular sport for centuries in the snowy highlands of Scandinavia. The high energy activity has a series of major benefits for both you and your canine friend.

  • The running and pulling aspect of the sport pumps up the blood circulation in your dog and helps to improve his heart health.
  • In addition to this, running in snow helps keep your dog stay nimble and active even in sub-zero temperatures.
  • Indulging in a team sport such as skijoring is a great way of strengthening the bond with your dog and connecting at a deeper emotional level.
  • Outdoor activity such as skijoring for your dog is an effective way of eliminating the chances of him getting depressed or picking up cabin fever, especially during the cold winter months.
  • Skijoring is also helpful in various aspects of dog training such as making him respond to your navigational commands.
    So the next time, you wake up to a meter of snow on your front yard and your furry friend curled up in the blanket beside you, you know what to do!

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