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!