Beginners’ Dryland Intake Workshops

We are changing our beginners’ lesson format for the fall of 2022.

We will be offering ‘Intakes’ of beginners in October and November. These will be dryland lessons. There will be an option to join the club and continue training during our training walks and then beginners’ groups when we’re on snow.

We will not be offering ‘Intake’ lessons on snow, as we cannot handle successive waves of beginners in our group runs during the winter months.

Please plan to sign up for one of the Dryland Intakes. Dates TBA.

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.

Dryland lessons provide you with a loaner harness, training treats, and a take-home sheet of instructions.

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.

Your dog must stay in the car for the first hour 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, training walks take place at a number of trails around Winnipeg and are a requirement before you can join our beginners’ group when we switch to on-snow group runs.

You must take out a membership in Snow Motion, for insurance purposes, in order to join the training walks and on snow beginners’ group runs. We will have the club membership papers with us at the workshop. Dues for the year are $20 per person.