|Barked: Wed Apr 30, '08 6:26am PST |
I posted a reply in a recent thread that answers a lot of your questions - have a look at my post at the end of this thread:
I use a mountain bike as opposed to a scooter, but everything is basically the same (although you may not need the bay-o-net).
Start your dog off slowly - first get him used to the harness without connecting to your scooter/bike. Go for a walk with him on the harness and let him lead. Slowly start to apply pressure so that he has to pull you slightly. Even though he is leading, be sure to control where he goes using the proper commands (look up sled dog commands - gee, haw, hike, on-by, etc) - if you want him to turn to the right issue the command gee and point to where you want to go, and after a few training sessions you'd be surprised how quickly dogs learn these commands.
Once your dog is comfortable enough with his harness and is starting to pull, connect him/her to the scooter/bike. Check out this page for great training techniques for teaching your dog to pull:
Skijor Now - Training your dog to pull
Harnessing your dogs natural behavior is the best way to get going with this sport, and that means incorporating chasing, pack running, and trail running. If you have someone else to bike with, it will help ENORMOUSLY - have your friend bike 10-15 feet in front of your dog and call to him/her when distracted.
Good luck and have fun with bikejoring ! I've only been doing it for the past month and already Jasper and I are addicted!!
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