Equipment

Please check our our partners at SkijorNow for high quality modern skijoring equipment. They will be happy to make sure your harness is correctly fitted to your dog.  They are passionate and knowledgeable about the sport of skijoring with dogs. Please mention that Louisa sent you.

Most skijoring equipment uses

1. A belt that fits around the human part of the team.  Belts should fit low around the waist/hip area and provide good back support. (They should not be high on your waist).

2. A quick release from the belt to the skijor line.  This allows you to release from your dog if you need to.

3. A bungee towline.  This is a 8 to 10 foot line with a bungee in it to lessen the stress and jerking on you and your dog. It attaches to the quick release on your harness and to the back of your dogs harness. If you have more than one dog you can attach split leads or buy multiple dog lines.

4. Skijor dog harness. A good skijor dog harness runs from the dogs shoulders to the base of their tails when pulled full length.  This type of dog harness allows your dog to use all of their body for pulling, not just their shoulders, and allows your dog to be more efficient. It is important to get a good fit for your dog’s harness. The neck opening should be large enough so that your dog can breath easily and pull efficiently.  Be sure that it is not too long in the back as dogs can get their hind legs stuck through the harness if it pulls down over their hind area. The X Back harness and newer Fast Back harnesses are shown.

5. Booties: Dogs wear booties if they are on abrasive conditions such as icy snow or asphalt (when scooter or bike joring). They also wear them if their feet get cold or there is a chance of frost bite.

If dogs get snowballs in their feet it is good to trim their paw hair (carefully!!) and use an oily based substance such as Musher’s Secret to prevent snowballs from forming. Musher’s Secret is recommended because it contains no petroleum products should your dog lick it off of their feet.