No snow? No problem!!!
Siberian huskies were bred to run and pull sleds, working as a team with
other dogs and their human musher. Huskies are working dogs and can lead
much more fulfilling lives and get the exercise they need and deserve if
they are given a job, especially one that holds true to their genetics.
Enter the world of dog scootering, a fun-filled activity that is ideal for
one or two huskies that allows them to get back to their roots and fulfill
their need to run and pull. All you need is a dog scooter (think of a cross
between a mountain bike and skateboard), harnesses and a tugline (same type
of gear used for dogsledding), one or two hyper huskies (aren’t they all?),
and voila! --- you will find yourself taken for an exhilarating ride around
your neighborhood or along dirt trails while your huskies charge ahead,
triggering their instincts and satisfying their passion.
Dog scootering is even much more fun for your huskies when they get to run
with other dog scooter teams. Nothing gets them more pumped up and excited
than running and chasing after other dog teams, especially along dirt trails
where all the different sights and smells of the outdoors heighten their
senses even more. Some huskies can take you scootering while hitting speeds
of 20 MPH or more, so be prepared to hang on and experience a thrilling
So how can you find out more about dog scootering? Southern California
Working Snow Dogs (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalWorkingSnowDogs/)
is a discussion list for owners and their working dogs here in Southern
California. Their website is
www.urbanmushing.com. Not only do they share their experiences and exchange ideas
online but they also get together with other “urban mushers” for fun runs
and other events geared towards dog-powered sports such as dog scootering,
backpacking with your dog, weight-pulling, carting, running, and yes, even
dogsledding. Truly a great way to have a howling good time with your husky!
Now...where do I
purchase a scooter?
http://www.diggler.com Diggler scooters have been
recognized as the ultimate dog scooter by professional sled dog racers, dog
agility trainers, skijorers, obedience trainers, and everyday dog owners
from all over the world. Whether you just want to take the dog on a
quick evening run around the neighborhood, or compete in the dog scooter
championships, Diggler has the scooter for you!