GET ACTIVE !
Working our Alaskan Malamutes is a very rewarding experience, both for us and for our dogs. They are a hardy breed and need regular activity through exercise and training. Exercise is good for us and it’s good for our four-legged pals and greatly improves their quality of life. Your dog is going to be happier and more content if he or she receives adequate exercise!
6 AMCA WORKING TEAM DOG TITLES , PLUS 2 WTD LEGS EACH FOR OUR 2 YOUNGSTERS !
6 of our dogs have earned the title of AMCA WORKING WEIGHT PULL DOG, INCLUDING A WWPDA (ADVANCED TITLE AND A WWPDX EXCELLENT TITLE)!
Plus 2 WORKING PACK DOG LEGS FOR 2 OF DOGS!
We are proud of our dogs working abilities and for the following AMCA rewards they achieved:
Our exercise program consists of working our dogs in harness, where they are sledding, scootering and bikejoring, skijoring, carting, and weight pulling. Backpacking is another activity we enjoy doing with our dogs. They hike with us for several miles carrying their own load, usually a backpack filled with water and food.
Bikejoring/Scootering: Dog powered cross-country biking
Similar to canicross and other off-season sled-dog conditioning sports, bikejoring and or scootering uses dog power (and some human power, too) to pull bicyclists cross country or during rallies and events. Bikejoring can be done with one or two dogs.
Bikejoring equipment includes a harness for the dog along with a bicycle or scooter and an easy release towline or leash connected to the bike’s frame that safely links the leash to the rider. If more than one dog is tugging, their harnesses are yoked with a gang line, which is then attached to the towline.
Scootering is when a dog pulls a kick scooter with mountain bike-style tires and brakes.
Note: Training a dog or dog team to pull a bike can be a challenge. Expect to take a few falls at first, so wear protective gear, including a helmut and gloves. Another safety tip: Do not hold the towline or attach it to the handle bars- the dogs might get distracted by wildlife, taking the rider along for a bumpy ride!
Equipment Resource visit
CARTING Dry-land Mushing
Dry-land mushing, a variety of carting, is performed by sled dogs during off season to stay in tip-top competition form. Rather than pulling a two-wheeled cart, the dogs pull a sled-like cart that has three or four wheels with the driver either standing or sitting, depending on the cart’s construction.
Many people enjoy carting. A variety of carts are available and some clubs host short cart races. When carting, people must be aware that warmer weather can be hard on northern dogs and even dirt roads are harder on dogs’ feet and joints than running in snow.
Here at Winter Park we use a three wheel cart made by Arctis-Carts. You can visit their website at:
Equipment Resource visit
TEAM WINTER PARK SLEDDING
W I N T E R P A R K
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