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The term “skijoring” is derived from the Norwegian word skikjøring, meaning “ski driving.”  Using basic sledding commands, a human skier, harnessed to one to three dogs, is pulled by the dogs.  The skier assists with his/her skis and poles.

Equipment for skijoring is minimal.  Aside from the skis, you will need a sledding harness for your dog and a skijoring harness (a wide belt, on which the lead is attached with a carabineer) for yourself.  

Just because you may live in a climate like Texas', where snow is a rarity, does not mean you cannot enjoy the skijoring experience!  Many people have adapted the sport to “scootering” or “bikejoring,” where skis are replaced by a scooter or bike for the human.  Whether on snow or some other surface, skijoring or its warm-weather substitute can be fun and good exercise for both you and your dog.

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