8 November 2014

What to do while you wait for the snow....

It's okay to be one of those people who walk around smiling like an idiot as soon as the temperatures start to get a bit chilly.    You are in good company!  We are excited for snow as well! 

Just don't expect non-skijoring people to understand.  Those poor folk can only think of winter as a negative!   Well, you my friend know how to turn a negative (temperature) into a positive (adventure)!

Sitting around, waiting for the snow

Our topic is "What you can do while you wait for the snow.... Following these steps might help keep you from going crazy!  (Might)

1.  Go over all your gear.  Look over your skis, lines and harnesses.  How are the booties holding up?   Now is the time to replace or fix anything that was worn a little or broken from the last season.  There is nothing wrong with "accidentally" breaking a ski, so you can get that new pair you have had your eye on.  If you need new dog gear, order your gear now, before the mushing supply companies get really busy!             

2.   Check excess baggage.   Thanksgiving is over, and all the Halloween candy is gone.   Which means it's time to get out there and get in shape!  Don't overdue it, but do, do it.   Focusing in on core strengthening exercises and cardio.  The better shape you start your season in, the more you will enjoy it!   Also check that Fido is fit,  your dog needs to be fit and trim for skijoring season as well.

3.   Start thinking about your goals for this season.   Will you be attending races or going on a new adventure?  Thinking about your season now, and planning for it will ensure that you will get the most of this winter. 

4.   Brush up on your team work.  Take your dog out for a walk in harness, there's no need to go fast, and go over your basic skijoring commands.  How's that Line Out looking?  Shake the cobwebs off Gee and Haw.   Perfect that On-By.     The more you brush up on your training before the snow falls, the more time you have to enjoy yourselves once the snow falls.

5.  Foot Work.   Pay attention to your dog's feet.  Not just in the fall, but all season long.  Fall is the time to start condition your dogs paw pads for the snow.  Long walks on pavement, called "Roading" will help toughen up those pads.   Get your dog back in the habit of letting you inspect his feet.  Maybe make this a fun activity and do some foot work during doggie dinner time!    Be on the look out for any cracks, tears or split nails. 

This should be enough to keep you busy, while you wait for the snow to fall in your area!