People love doing sports with their dogs. Love them. Be it for conformation, agility, shutzhund, or flyball, it’s a great experience for the dogs and owners as it builds their relationship and trust with one another. I feel that every dog should be apart of a sport in order to stimulate their minds and body (I know, complete cliché for any dog enthusiast to say). The best part? You’re dog doesn’t even need to be papered or a purebred (of course this may change is you choose to partake in the event competitively. It depends on the guidelines of the association organizing the event).
I’ve never personally done a sport with any of my dogs. I’ve had an aussie, a cur mix, a rottie mix, and a husky mix, and I never did any sports with them – shame on me- but now that Elsa, my Shepherd mutt, has reached a year and a half, I’ve decided to choose a sport for her.
Now, we should know that I’m pretty determined to live somewhere in Alaska, Maine, or even Canada, and those places are known for what? Not just igloos, lobsters, and “ey”, but also for their notorious winter climates. I love cold weather, and someday when I build my tiny house and start living a self sustainable life, I want to take up cross country skiing. Who best to do this with than Elsa?
So I’ve decided to begin training her for Canicross, where we can both build up our endurance, and then eventually get involved in Skijoring. Needless to say I am pretty excited for it. I’ve been watching some great videos concerning it, and have started working with Elsa. I can assure you all that I will be posting updates (maybe even videos!) Stay tuned!