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!