Every dog can use a daily walk, but some need more than just a walk! SOLUTION: Urban Mushing (also known as Dryland Mushing, Canicross, Skijoring, Bikejoring, Scootering, Scooterjoring [Scoojoring] and skatejoring)!! This ON-LEAD sport is gaining popularity in the USA and we are so excited to share some basic information and equipment suggestions with pet owners. Everyone's situation is a little different and we are here to help customize a solution for you and your best friend!
Urban Mushing, also called Dryland Mushing, was originally put into practice to keep winter sled dogs in top shape during the off-season. It is similar to traditional dog sledding except it’s done on dry land, not snow. Instead of pulling a sled, urban mushing involves a dog(s) pulling a cart, scooter, bike or other apparatus, in a more "urban" setting including neighborhoods, park paths and city trails. Even though this is an on-leash sport handlers typically use voice commands to communicate with their 4 legged partners.
Whoa - stop moving
Wait - stand still, do not move forward
Hike Hike / Lets Go – go or go faster
Easy- slow down.
Leave it! ignore a distraction and continue moving
Gee - move towards the right or turn right
Haw - move towards the left or turn left
Straight ahead - continue straight through intersections without turning
On By! - go by another team or other distraction
Just about any healthy dog can learn how to Urban Mush, small or large, young or old! Dogs under 1 year of age should not be asked to pull a load, however training can start at any age. If you have any questions or concerns about your dogs health, please consult your veterinarian.
What you need to get started
Quality dog harness (fit is VERY important)
Tow line - bungee line to protect you and your dog from sudden starts and stops
Antenna - device used to keep the tow line (or gangline) away from the front wheel of a bike or scooter
Mode - bicycle, scooter, skateboard, Rollerblades, cart, sulky, rig
Dog - remember you and your dog will learn and grow together during this process, be patient and keep it fun!
Some types of mushing take more physical strength and athleticism than others. For those really daring individuals, you may want to try a skateboard or Rollerblades, others may find a bike, scooter or canicross more their speed.
You can use the form of transportation you currently have (bike, skateboard, Rollerblades) or buy custom equipment. Canicross belts are reasonably priced and you can purchase a scooter for around $200.00. Whatever you do make sure you set aside money for a good harness and helmet.
A lot will depend on your dog! Is your dog a super athlete or a couch potato? Does he/she like to pull or run beside you? How obedient is your dog? You may want to adjust your gear for more or less control. Is your dog anxious or fearful (this sport can help)?
Bikjoring , canicross and scootering are ideal for 1-2 dogs, while other disciplines support many dogs. Keep in mind dogs under 25lbs should not be expected to pull a load and will need your assistance.
Do you want to step out your front door and take off with your dog in your neighborhood? Do you want to wind along trails in the woods? Do you or your dogs have health issues that would require lower impact? You may want a bike or scooter with shocks. Keep any eye out for the heigth of a scooters platform it may be to low for the trails or to high to be comfortable.
When I first started urban mushing with Zeus it was to help him with anxiety and reduce his "crazies". Since that first ride, Zeus' anxiety is almost nonexistent, he and I are getting in better shape everyday, he is more content indoors (a tired dog, is a good dog) and we have developed an amazing bond! This sport changed our lives for the better and I love sharing it with everyone I meet.
New products are coming soon!
Antenna Pack Installation. Make mushing safer with this universal antenna that doubles as a pack.
We carry 3 different types of Belize Bike scooters locally, which means you can try each before you buy! When talking about scooters, it is easiest to refer to them by wheel size. The three we carry in this line are the Toucan 16/16, 20/20 and 26/20. Call today to schedule a free product demo.
We carry two varieties of Crussis scooters locally. The 20/16 Crussis Active and the 26/20 Crussis Cross. Call today to schedule a free product demo.
Alpine Outfitters has been crafting high quality gear for working dogs since 1988, and all of their products are proudly made in the USA. We carry, locally, their X-back and Urban Trail harnesses, their double and single dog bikejoring/scootering lines and many other accessories. Call today to schedule a free product demo.
Non-Stop Dogwear's goal is to think outside the box by finding more comfortable, safer equipment for both you and your dog. We carry (locally) their Freemotion and Line (half) harnesses as well as their bike antenna and running/joring lines. Call today for a free product demo.
We have many different combinations of harnesses, lines, boots, collars and more that you can try with your dog. By seeing, feeling and "test driving" products, you will have a better feel of what will work for you and your dog(s). Call today for a free product demo.
A special Dryland Dogs LLC product. More than just a universal joring antenna that will keep your line over your tire , it is also pack for all of your essential running gear! Comes in 2 sizes, check out our store.
In-home, at a park or on a trail, product demos, harness fittings and consultations are always FREE of charge.
If you need an extra hand working out the kinks at first, no problem we are happy to make arrangements for practice sessions. Please contact us for pricing and availability.
We can help arrange for dog walks, scooter runs or pet sitting. Please contact us for pricing and availability.
This service is offered to shelters and rescues FREE of charge, by Dryland Dogs, LLC.
Please contact us if you know of or have a dog that is in a shelter or rescue program that may benefit from a little more exercise, some additional exposure (adoption marketing) and the opportunity to learn a new sport, FREE of charge.
Please contact us if you know of or have a dog that is in a shelter or rescue program that may benifit from a little more exercise, some additional exposure (adoption marketing) and the opportunity to learn a new sport, FREE of charge.