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Joring is for the more adventurous dog and human partnership and is a dog “mushing” activity where your dog, or dogs are attached to a towline, pull and run ahead of a cyclist, skier, scooter or a runner as in the case of Canicross.
Most commonly seen with Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes, however all breeds of dog will enjoy this outdoor activity!
Please ensure you check with your vet beforehand that your individual dog is fit to take part in this activity.
Dog harness design is also very important, you must use a harness specifically designed for this sport. Incorrect harnesses can cause back problems in your dog.
As with a human, dog fitness needs to be built up gradually and you must be very conscious about hydration levels and weather conditions, particularly warm weather, remember dogs can’t sweat to cool down! A dog enjoying itself can easily push itself into a state of heat exhaustion.
Note: Dogs can only start competing at the age of 18 months, even training much prior to this age is not advised, please consult with your vet.
This is an outdoor sport, races are held in the UK in Autumn, Winter and Spring, the coolest months of the year, however this does mean mud! You have to be prepared to get wet and muddy to participate in this sport.
Equipment for Bike Joring:
REMEMBER – that if you are cycling this is a dog-assisted sport, not dog-powered! You need to pedal as well!
Bikejor can be competitive, but it doesn’t have to be! Go as far and fast as you want to. Above all, have fun and be safe!
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Equipment to get you started: Please visit our Athletic Collection