Our dogs go with us everywhere! Nothing is more fun than going out together on a snowy, winter day. Take a walk through the deep snow or go skiing together. More and more people are taking their dogs on ski tours. Whether it’s cross-country or alpine skiing. Small to medium sized dogs can be carried in a dog backpack. So, just what do you need to consider when taking your dog skiing?
Know your own limits and those of your dog. Make sure you are only on dog-friendly trails and slopes. Not all trails are suitable for cross-country skiing and skiing with a dog. Allow your dog to take a break in the dog carrier backpack when he is tired, the snow is too high or the slope is too crowded.
Cross-country skiing is comparable to a nice walk in the forest or a long hike. On the cross-country trails you can experience winter together with your dog in a very special magical way. A loipe is a track in the snow prepared for cross-country skiing. By the way: Loipe comes from the Norwegian word løype.
Skating is a bit like cross-country skiing. It is the younger cross-country discipline. You can reach higher speeds when you are skating.Generally, it is the more energetic activity. Therefore, it is suitable for fit and athletic people.
Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports. Why not skiing with a dog? It’s definitely a real highlight! While you glide down the slope on skis, your dog runs next to you or relaxes in the dog backpack. But beware: The edges of the skis are sharp! This means that a collision can lead to serious injuries for your dog. Therefore, it is important that your dog gives the skis space and you teach him not to chase other skiers.
In the beginning, you should avoid crowded areas. On deserted slopes you can practice the commands and enjoy the first day of skiing. Be sure to avoid closed slopes. Even if there are no people. You are not only putting yourself and your dog in danger, but also other people. In addition, you need to check if dogs are allowed in the area. Your dog must also know the common commands. In addition, you should already have some experience in skiing.It is even more important that you are an experienced skier if you have your dog in your dog backpack.
To make your skiing adventure a real success, you can’t do it without the right equipment for your dog. If your dog runs on a leash, you should use a bungee leash. The leash with stretch / shock absorption is ideal for ski adventures. It’s best to attach the leash to a waist belt. Take enough water and snacks with you. Some dogs drink directly from a water bottle or from your hands. Foldable bowls are a good alternative. Pocket warmers, pet first aid kits and self-adhesive bandages should also be stowed in your backpack.
Small to medium-sized dogs often do not have the energy to keep up on ski tours. That’ s no reason to leave your little four-legged friend at home. If your dog gets injured on the way, runs out of breath or it is simply too crowded and confusing on the slopes, you can transport your dog safely in the dog carrier backpack. Besides enough space for your dog, the dog backpacks from TARIGS also have enough storage space for your equipment.
Hypothermia is very dangerous for you and your dog. To prevent your dog from freezing, you should keep him warm when you are out and about. The best thing for your dog to wear is a well-fitting winter coat. Insulated dog coats or dog sweaters are ideal for dogs that can’t tolerate cold or don’t have a thick undercoat. You can also cover your dog in the dog backpack. If your dog walks long distances on snow and ice, dog shoes can also be useful. They protect the paws from injuries and keep them warm.
In order for your dog to run safely on the trails, loipes and slopes and not endanger you or other winter sports enthusiasts, you should definitely train a few commands. Besides the basic commands, your dog should know the following commands:
- Where to run: Your dog should always run in front of you or next to you. In addition, he must keep enough distance to you, so that he will not be hit and injured by the skis or sticks.
- Leave slope: Just like a normal walk, your dog should not disturb other people. Ideally, your dog should leave the slope on command. This way other skiers can pass you safely.
- Steering: If your dog runs without a leash, you should be able to “steer” him on command. For example, you can use commands from bikejoring. The most important commands in bikejoring are “go” for running, “whoa” for stop, “gee” for right and “haw” for left.
Your dog knows the necessary commands? Your equipment is ready? The tour is planned? Then you are ready for your first ski adventure.