Features December 2007 Issue

Winter Activities You Can Enjoy With Your Dog

Cold outside? No worries. Try these winter sports with your dog.

When the weather outside gets frightful and the snow begins to fly, getting out in it with your dog can be delightful. From winter sports such as skijoring, kicksledding, and mushing to mellower activities like snowshoeing or even a casual stroll, there is no need for you and your dog to be cooped up indoors all winter. With some knowledge, a bit of training, and the right gear, winter is easily transformed into an exciting time of year. Nordic breeds and multiple dogs are not required; any dog that loves to run can participate. Dogs weighing over 30 pounds with enough height to negotiate running in snow can skijor with ease and a single dog is all that is necessary. A thin coat does not eliminate a dog from the sport either; some of the top competing skijor teams include German Shorthaired Pointers (often donning outerwear, of course). An exhilarating sport, skijoring allows you and your dog to exercise together while enjoying the winter landscape.

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