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Frisco offers skijoring and other dog obedience classes

Summit Daily staff report
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Ever wondered what it would be like to harness your dog's energy for some help while skiing?

People in Scandinavia did hundreds of years ago and started cross-country skiing while being pulled by one or more dogs.

Now skijoring is gaining popularity in the U.S., and the town of Frisco has partnered with Louisa Morrissey, certified professional dog trainer and owner of High Country Dogs, to offer skijoring and two other skills and obedience classes.

"My training is based in positive reinforcement, and a sense of humor is a required skill set. Learning to smile, laugh, forgive and keep perspective is imperative especially while whizzing along on a pair of skis with your dog out front or while teaching a puppy some etiquette," Morrissey said.

The beginning skijor class will start inside the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge without dogs to focus on equipment, dog care, training, places to skijor and other important information humans should know.

Then the class will move outside to practice on the snow and teach the dogs to pull and follow commands. Human participants must have intermediate cross-country skiing skills.

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Skijoring classes will be offered Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and March 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Frisco Adventure Park and Nordic Center. Each $40 class includes skijor equipment and a trail pass. Renting cross-country ski gear at the Nordic Center before the class costs extra. The class costs $30 for Frisco Nordic Center season pass holders.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 13, Frisco will also offer the CORE Puppy Class.

CORE stands for confidence, obedience, recall and etiquette/manners. In this indoor class, participants will focus on continued socialization of their puppies, as well as positive training techniques while helping puppies build their confidence and addressing issues like biting, pulling and chewing.

The CORE classes are open to puppies 5 to 8 months old, and the $75 registration includes all four classes on Tuesdays, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 (no drop-ins available). Classes will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the Old Community Center Building at 110 Third Ave.

The third class offered this winter, Rally Obedience Practice, is for dogs and owners wanting to practice and review basic obedience skills, including sitting, down, stay and heel. Only positive, force-free training methods are used in the classes, held Tuesdays, Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This class will also be at the Old Community Center Building, at 110 Third Ave., and costs $100 for all four sessions or $30 per session if drop-in space is available.

Online registration is available at friscorecreation.com. All dogs must have proof of vaccination or titer testing, be in good health and be able to peacefully co-exist with other dogs and humans in a group class setting.

For questions about any of the dog classes, call Louisa Morrissey at (970) 406-0158 or go to HighCountryDogs.com. For more information about Frisco recreation programs or help with registration, call 970-668-2558 or email Linsey Kach at linseyk@townoffrisco.com.