Step 1: Prepare Yourself
1 dog harness
1 bungee cord
1 dog leash
1 fanny pack or belt
1 pair of nordic skis and boots
1 pair of poles
1 dog that's ready to pull!
Prepare yourself physically: dress warm and, depending on your skiing ability, balance, and obediance of chosen dog, you may consider wearing a helmet or other safety gear. ;)Put on skis, boots, poles, and the belt or fanny pack (a good opportunity to show off your inner geekiness)
Prepare yourself mentally: Get ready for an adventure!
Pick your location:I went out on our frozen, snow-covered lake because the conditions there are amazing, but it may be easier to find cross-country trails at a ski resort. Just make sure dogs are allowed on the trails.
Step 2: Prepare your dog
Step 3: Get ready, Get Set, GO!!!
To teach your dog steering commands, say the command as the dog performs it at first (for example, when the dog turns right, say "Gee" as they are turning and after a while he/she will associate "Gee" with turning right and you can use it as a command.)
The steering commands are:
"Let's Go!" means start pulling
"Gee" means go right
"Ha" means go left
"Ho" means stop
Be sure to reward your dog and tell him/her how great he/she is!