It’s not just about huskies, it’s not just about racing and it’s not just about snow.
Members of the Langlade County Sled Dog Club will be sharing information about how dog owners can team up with their dog for fun and fitness at a special dog powered sports weekend slated Saturday and Sunday at the MaKaJaWan Boy Scout Camp, W6730 Hwy. T, Pearson.
The event will run Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 pm., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Dog powered sports is a general term used for a dog or dogs in harness accompanying a person as they travel down a trail together. The rate can be slow, moderate or flying. The person can be running, pedaling a bike, standing on a scooter or wheel cart, skiing, or riding the runners of a sled.
Our goal for Dog Powered Sports 101 is to provide all details needed to get dog owners and their dogs participating in dog powered sports, Beth Castaldi, a dog powered sports enthusiast, said. Information will be available about necessary equipment and where to find it, how to get a dog to perform in harness, safety on the trail and care of the canine athlete. Knowledgeable dog handlers will even be on hand to help start training the dogs.
Michaela Marquardt is a junior in the pre-veterinary program at the University of Wisconsin- River Falls and considers Langlade County her hometown club.
I just love being on the trail with my dogs, Marquardt said. The exercise is good for them and their enthusiasm keeps me motivated. I can sled in the winter and then scooter and bike in the fall and spring. It all works together. It’s a perfect way for me to exercise and it’s a stress reliever, too.
The weekend’s activities are free and set-up to be flexible on-going interactive sessions. A short trail and equipment will be provided for anyone wishing to try their dog in harness. Juniors will have a special breakout session just for them. Other features include a flea market for dog related items, home cooked lunch service and vendor displays.