Dog Scootering

Hobby Sport for Active Dogs and Their Owners

Dog scootering is a kind of summer dog sled sports, which is perfect for handlers and canines, who like active lifestyle. Dog scootering trials are organized by sports fans.

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Dog Scootering UK

Nylon Dog Harness with Side Rings for Scootering Training

Dog scootering is a scooter riding with a dog running at heels. Another variant is when the dog pulls the scooter with a rider. The sport is good for dog's health. It also helps active dogs, which like running, to burn energy excess. Muscles, heart are trained; endurance is developed due to scootering, the dog gets tired in a day, as a result it has keen appetite and sleeps well.

Basics

One person, who rides the scooter, and one or more dogs, which pull the scooter, running in front or along it, take part in this activity. Special unmotorized kick scooter is needed for this sport. Dogs of any breed and size, which aged 18 months, are allowed. However, it is recommended for the dog to be no less than 13 kg in weight or take 2 dogs with less weight.

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Dog Scootering Training

Leather Dog Harness for Scootering Activities

The most important, dogs should be well trained and be able to pull the scooter with the riding handler. German Shepherds, Retrievers, Husky and Schnauzers are the most popular breeds in dog scootering.

Scooter

It should be with big tires, front and rear brakes, comfy non-slip mat and damping handlebar.

Dog Scootering Equipment

For handler: helmet, knee and elbow pads.

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Dog Scootering Equipment

Dog Scootering Training Harness of All-Weather Nylon

For dog: sled dog harness (X-back or shoulder harness), gangline (bungee line), collar, neckline (for 2 dogs), single or double lead tug with bungee, dog shoes (for rough surfaces and long rides).

Dog Scootering Training

It is recommended to start training sessions when the dog aged 12 months. Start with short distances, increase them gradually and don't be hasty. If the dog doesn't overtire, it will enjoy running and connect training with positive experience. The dog will be certainly engaged with scootering next time.

Don't make your dog pull the scooter. Just ride it and let the dog run at your heels without the harness for the beginning. Then you can put the harness on the dog and motivate it to pull the scooter. The dog should perceive everything as a game, let the canine think that it just runs on the leash along beside you. Dismount the scooter before going uphill or other obstacles so that not to overload the dog.

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Dog Scootering Harness

Weight Pulling Harness for Dog Scootering

You can also motivate your dog otherwise. Ask someone to help you. He or she should ride the scooter in front of the dog and call it. It is important to encourage and to reward the dog.

The process of training will be faster if the dog has already learn basic commands for scootering, such as "Left", "Right", "Stop", "Ahead". All these commands are learned easily while dog walking on the leash.

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Dog Scootering Supplies

Reflective Harness to Make Your Dog Visible in the Dark

Stop gently and ride the scooter carefully so that just to show the dog moving direction if it hasn't learnt the commands yet enough.

Recommends

Morning or evening, when it is not hot, is the best time for dog scootering training. The dog may get heat exhaustion during long trials when it is hot outside. Make breaks. Take water for your dog and you.

Avoid pavements and sealed roads in the heat because the dog can burn its paws running along the hot surface. Check your dog's paws during long trials to prevent injuries.

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Dog Training Harness Dog Water Bottle Dog Training Collar

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