Dogscooting – a variant of train dog sport – not only puts a strain on dogs, but also promotes communication and cooperation with the dog handler. It is the ideal sport for all dogs who love to run and for owners who want to be active in nature with their four-legged friends.
What is dogscooting?
Dogscooting is an increasingly popular sport that originates from the dog dog sport. One or more dogs are stretched in front of a vehicle and pull it. In contrast to bikejoring or sled dog sport, dogs do not pull a bike or sled during dog scooting, but rather a scooter. Because dogscooting is mainly practiced outside of winter, it is classified as “off snow” train sports. It is u. a. also suitable for training sled dogs outside the winter season. However, if the scooter has special tires, dog scooting can also be practiced on snow in winter.
What is needed?
In order to start dog scooting, you need a scooter specially designed for this sport. The advantage of the kick scooter compared to a bike like in bikejoring is the lower center of gravity. The driver’s weight is only slightly above the ground while driving. In addition, you are more flexible on a scooter and can shift your center of gravity while driving in order to be able to pass curves optimally. In addition, you can get off the scooter faster and support yourself with your legs if the first attempts at driving are not yet so successful. Nevertheless, this sport should not be underestimated and should never be started alone without experience. It is best to practice the correct driving technique with an experienced dog scooter instructor. In addition, only special dog scooter scooters should be used, which ensure a safer ride due to their special structure. Conventional scooters are in no way suitable for driving with dogs. The driver should also always wear a helmet, suitable clothing and sturdy footwear.
Furthermore, the dog needs a special pull dog harness in any case for dog scooting. These are designed for strong pulling on the leash, distribute the resulting forces over the entire body and thus relieve the back of the dog. There are different models in this area, which should be chosen depending on the physique of the dog. The dog is then connected to the kick scooter by a special safety hook on the front part via an elastic pull line with a rear shock.
For longer dog-scooter tours over stony ground, it is also recommended that the pull dogs wear suitable shoes. This prevents painful injuries to the paws and pads.
What is to be considered?
Dogscooting should only be done with adult and healthy dogs, because the strain on the joints is too high in young dogs. In principle, many dog breeds are suitable for train dog sports. The dog should be big enough and strong enough to pull a scooter and the handler. In order for this dog sport to be fun for both the dog and the owner, the dog should also have a lot of fun running longer.
If you start dog-shooting, the dog should slowly get used to the technique and pulling in front of the scooter. In addition, many dogs first have to build up stamina. Therefore, the distance covered should only be gradually increased and always pay attention to the well-being of the dog in order to prevent overloading. In this sport, soft forest and field paths are also preferable to asphalt roads, because walking on hard surfaces for a long time is very uncomfortable for dogs and can damage their joints. In order for the dog to be easy to control during the tour, the required commands for “Right”, “Left”, “Stop” and “Go” should ideally be taught in advance and separately from the dog scooting training.
Since pulling the dog scooter is of course very tiring, depending on the performance of the dog, sufficient breaks should be taken during the training, during which the four-legged friend can briefly relax and have a drink. You should therefore always have enough water with you and the training should be shifted to the cooler morning and evening hours in the summer months. After a dog scouting tour, the dog needs enough time to regenerate and recharge its reserves. Training 2-3 times a week is therefore completely sufficient.