Bizline: Sports for dogs and people |

Bizline: Sports for dogs and people

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

A: Skijor-n-More is a dog sports and training business. My tagline is “Active Dogs/Active People.” I offer group and private lessons in skijoring (cross-country skiing while being pulled by your dog) as well as other sports such as canicross (hiking or running while being pulled by your dog) in the summer. I also offer cross-country skiing lessons for those people interested in skijoring, but need to learn to cross-country ski.

Finally I offer dog training and behavior consultation on a one-on-one basis.

A: I was born in Colorado, and my family has been in Colorado since the late 1800s. I opened business in Summit County because this is where I work and live, and Colorado is my home and the home of my family for several generations.

A: Skijoring combines both dog training and cross-country skiing. I have been a cross-country ski instructor for classic, skate and telemark skiing for 20 years and I am fully certified with PSIA to the level of “advanced educator.” As the president of the Colorado Cross Country Ski Association I am in touch with the directors of all of the major Nordic centers in Colorado. I have owned, worked with and trained dogs all of my life. I am currently making that official through my membership with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and I will soon complete my certification as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer.

I began to skijor myself about 10 years ago as it was a perfect combination of all the things I love: skiing, dogs and being in the mountains. I have been teaching skijoring workshops around Colorado now for the past five years at places such as Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Canine Country School (on the Colorado River north of Dotsero) and at the Dog Terra event at the Gold Run Nordic Center.

A: Just like skijoring, my business is unique in that it combines sports and dog training.

On the dog training side, my business emphasizes dog sports as a wonderful way for humans and their dogs to strengthen the bond between them. In learning dog sports, people are actually using training methods to work with their dogs that can be also used in other home situations.

A: I hope to reach people who want to learn to enjoy the outdoors with their dogs in a healthy way and learn sports they can do together with their dogs. I hope to reach people who want to build a stronger bond with their canine friends and become a team together, not just in sports but in life as well.

A: My dream: to someday establish a dog sports and training academy in Summit County. I would love to be able to find a bit of land and a heated indoor arena. I picture being able to do sports such as agility or flyball year round if we could find access to a heated facility that would allow this. I also picture, outside the arena, some land where we could groom trails for skijoring in the winter and maybe bike scooter or cartjoring in the summer. I want to bring in experts in different dog sports to lead camps and workshops as well as hold seminars to help people understand and communicate better with their dogs.

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