Noocksak Racing usually has a booth at these races so it’s a great time to meet them and get some gear!
I just found out about it, so I’m trying to adjust my schedule to get it in!
But if you’re remotely into this idea, you should try and get down there and support it. Participate, or just watch! The more people that are there, the more likely they are to have more of these events!
We officially adopted Jackson (the little brindle/blue bull with cropped ears you see in a lot of our photos). And, because I plan on doing a lot of sledding/skijoring this winter, I need to get him up to speed!
Off to the trails we go!
There’s about 3/4 of a mile of a deep sand shoulder on our road, that intersects with a snowmobile trail right next to our house! How’s that for convenient?
Bella was out with Mandy and a clients Hyper pup. But with the addition of Jackson….. I still had a 3 dog crew!
This clip was at about 1.5 miles of the pull. As you can see, Jax is not running on his neckline, which is letting him squirt around a bit. As new as he is to this, the neck line pulling him forward can set off his opposition reflex, and make him put on the brakes. So I let him get comfortable.
Once he got going good (about a 2/3rds of the way today), I stop and attach his neck line to get him acclimated. As you can see the front dogs don’t have a neckline on. But, that’s because they’re pretty experienced, and don’t stray much. I only run them on a neck line when we’re going to be in a distracting environment, and I need the “group” movement to encourage each individual to stay with the flow. They’re fine with the neckline, so it wasn’t important to add it, like with Jax. As you can see in this clip, he’s on the neckline and doing just fine!
Of course, they’re noticeably slower in the second clip. That’s because A- they’re tired, it is about 3 miles in. And, B- That is the sandy beach of a shoulder. And they’re pulling about 250 lbs between me and the mountain bike! So you’d be slowing down too!
Welcome home little buddy. You’re the fourth bad bully!
I’ll keep posting his progress. I’m REALLY looking forward to running a kicksled with a 4 dog bully crew, on a packed snowmobile trail!!!!
We did this race last year with Milo and it was a blast! Not as crowded as the Pineland Farm CaniCross, so maybe a bit less intimidating for a beginner. If your dog is environmentally unsound, or dog/people aggressive this obviously isn’t a smart thing to try without planning! But, have hope. With a solid training plan, you can get any dog through almost anything. Mabel, our resident dog aggressive queen, has done two so far without incident. But that was no accident. We worked long and hard to get to that point. All our dogs have a solid exercise program, obedience work, and pack structure. So, we use events like this as a training, or “proofing” exercise. It’s more mentally challenging for them than physically hard. So it will be a big day for us. We’ll be running 4 Bullies there (our 3, plus Jackson the foster). Not sure how we’ll set it up. Mandy with Bella, and me with the other 3, or maybe two teams of two? We’ll have to see when get there how everyone’s energy is. Either way…. will be fun!
If you’d like your difficult/hyper dog to get into the pulling sports…… Just get in touch with us, and we’ll get them to WORK! -Jay
Dogs and their owners participate in the 5K race at Roberts Preserve in Norway last year. Another race is set for Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Norway center.
(Here’s a little write up on the race from the Sun Journal)
A 5k run for fit dogs and fit owners, and mushers is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Roberts Farm Preserve. It will be held after the season finale time 5k run series on the grass trail at the preserve on Roberts Road.
There will also be a 2K dog walk with proceeds benefiting Responsible Pet Care’s new animal shelter campaign.