About 2 weeks ago now, I had some issues arise with my dog. Latte is a wonderful dog and very obedient as a rule but a couple of weeks ago she wasn't with me when I returned from skiing despite my calling and calling her. I went back out looking for her twice and then suddenly she appeared beside me but her tracks indicated she had come from a different direction. Upon inspection I discovered that she had crossed the road. She has never done that and she knows she's not supposed to. By the look on her face, I knew that she knew this was not a good day.
The biggest issue is her hunting instinct. It's way too strong and without any distractions, she will key into a scent and bam! The leave it command usually works for these times but lately, not so much. So what do you do? Well, I called a friend of mine who was also our teacher in obedience classes. She suggested skijoring.
I read about it and watched a video
Somehow I needed to fashion something to try this....
Well, I put together a make shift skijoring set up by looping and old leash around my waist and using an old tie out as my line. I don't suggest doing this! I had my mishaps believe me. The best thing , if you're not sure, is to stay in your boots and work with your dog first. Then when you know it's a good idea, get the equipment.
I ordered mine from Howling Dog Alaska but you may have places to look near where you live. Since I had no idea where to look, I tried this and I'm really glad I did! If you're a beginner then you need to be sure you're equipment is for a beginner as well. There are a lot of choices so you'll want to be sure you get what is going to be best and work well for you and your dog or dogs.
I don't have a video but I'm hoping to have one soon. I do have a very proud dog and I'm very proud of my dog. The more we work, the better we get and Latte has let me know that she loves skijoring!
Lisa is the owner of North Fork Bed and Breakfast/ Gifts and a certified tea specialist.