Beginners’ Workshop

Watch for future dates in the fall of 2022.

We offer a dryland workshop in the fall as our major intake of beginners, with follow-up lessons on-snow as the season starts.

Love winter? If your dog pulls you on leash, there’s a good chance they will be great in harness.

A beginner lesson, taught by Snow Motion co-coordinators Susie Strachan and Lorne Volk, will give you a taste of what it’s like to train your dog to pull you on skis or a kick sled.

Winter lessons provide you with a loaner harness, use of a kick sled, training treats, and a take-home sheet of instructions. On-snow lessons will let you try the kick sleds. You can also bring your own skis. We can provide a loaner skijoring belt and gangline.

The lesson covers how to gear up and how to train your dog to follow the mushing commands.

We will talk about how to modify your current ski set for skijoring, and how to purchase skis if you don’t already have them.

What you need for a workshop:

  • Your dog(s) must be over 6 months of age in order to train. You must have your own dog (we don’t supply them).
  • A leash for the dog(s), and good footwear.
  • Basic control over your dog(s). They should be able to follow simple commands such as “come” and “sit”.
  • A non-medical mask for yourself.
  • Proof of double vaccination against COVID-19 is required when checking in.

The workshop at Canvasback lasts for approximately 2 to 2.5 hours. Please remember to dress for the weather conditions. Private lessons last for 1 hour.

Your dog must stay in the car for the first part of the workshop at Canvasback. Please provide them with whatever you need to keep them warm and secure.

If you are interested in further training, beginners’ group runs take place on Sunday mornings at 11 am wherever the club is running that day. You must take out a membership in Snow Motion, for insurance purposes, in order to join the beginners’ group runs.

We will have the club membership papers with us at the workshop. Dues for the year are $20 per person.

We also offer training walks at various locations around the city until the trails are groomed and useable.