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Ski Spot Run: The Enchanting World of Skijoring and Related Dog-Powered Sports Paperback – July, 2004
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About the Author
Matt Haakenstad enjoys skijoring with his black lab, Sadie. In the warmer seasons they modify their routine to include canicross and bikejoring. Matt has been passionate about outdoor winter sports such as downhill and cross-country skiing since he was four years old, and is a frequent visitor by ski and canoe to Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
John Thompson has raced competitively as a skijorer for seven seasons. In 2001 he placed 5th in the 23k event at the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports Skijoring World Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. John also enjoys bikejoring, rollerjoring, and canicross with his Alaskan huskies, Timber and Kiska. He owns Skijor Now, a skijoring equipment manufacturing and supply business.
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This book is an excellent introduction to skijoring. It begins with the basics, including the history of the sport. It includes plenty of tips and suggestions for how to get started, ways to encourage your dog to pull and general training ideas. The section on commands alone is worth the price of admission - it lays out very clearly when to use each command and how to get your dog to execute the commands. And it seems to contain plenty of material to help both skier and dog continue to train, improve, and enjoy the sport. I also enjoyed the humor that the authors wove into the book. This made it a very easy read. The illustrations and photos are high caliber and help to convey things like how to put a harness on your dog, proper technique for skiing or running behind your dog, and recommended equipment for the sport.
I'd recommend Ski Spot Run to people interested in skijoring as well as those that simply enjoy dogs. The authors obviously care deeply for and respect dogs, and this shows through in just about every aspect of their book. I especially liked their inclusion of the dog's point of view...I seem to look at the trail a little differently now,even when I'm just out walking my dog!
It is to snow this evening and I am looking forward to taking Frannie out into our trails for a trek!!
Even if you aren't interested in getting dragged by your pooch on skis, you'll enjoy this book and get a better understanding the ancient human/dog bond.
I would recommend this book to future skijorers and dog loving couch potatoes alike!
Lots of useful tips and suggestions mixed with sound knowledge of dog care, training and racing. If you're thinking of taking up skijoring, do yourself a favor and start here.
Judy Bergemann, Webmaster, sleddogcentral.com