cabin feaverCabin fever got you itching for adventure?  Don’t let the winter leave you down and leave your dog bored.

There’s plenty to do with your dog in the cold!  In fact, most of the Ruff Wear Pack wait all year for the opportunity to take their dogs out on a cold-weather adventure.  So grab your boots and coat (your dog’s too!), and give these great cold-weather adventures a try!

  1. Sledding or mushing.  Never tried dog sledding or mushing before?  That’s okay.  There are a variety of groups dedicated to getting people involved in this little-known sport.  Even if you don’t live near snow, winter makes for a great opportunity to try sled-alternative activities such as carting or scootering.  Click here for more information.
  2. Skijoring.  If you love Nordic or cross-country skiing, why not add a line to your dog(s) and enjoy the activity together?  Your dog may even help you up the tough spots.  Need practice first?  Bring your dog along to run beside you while you brush up on your skills.  Click here for more information.
  3. Winter camping.  Not as popular as summer camping, but backpacking and camping with your dog on a summit makes for good exercise and excellent views.
  4. Snowshoeing.  This highly aerobic and scenic activity takes practically no gear or practice.  Just put on some snow-shoes, add a dog and voila!, instant winter adventure.  Some places even rent snowshoes for as little as $12/day!
  5. Jog, walk, hike—whatever your furry companion and you would normally do. Cold, snow, and rain shouldn’t prevent you from your favorite outdoor activities.  With gear for dogs that mimics the same function, features, warmth and protection as human gear, you and your dog can keep your favorite adventures going all year round!

2 thoughts

  1. Hi Boer – even though the Web Master Harness is not designed for it, we’ve seen people use the Web Master Harness for pulling. You are correct in your assessment of the load force distribution and the pulling action. The Web Master is intended to be used as a supportive harness built for maneuvering and assisting dogs up and over obstacles. So, while you can use the Web Master Harness in skijoring or bikejoring, it wasn’t designed specifically for these activities.
    Thanks for your question!

  2. Speaking of skijoring (and its cousin bikjoring), is the Web Master harness a proper harness to use in pulling a skier or a mountain bike? It seems some people use a cross-back harness for skijoring, but some also use what’s called a Guard harness (or Distance harness) which is based on the walking harness. The web master harness seems well padded, I’m just not sure how well it works as a pulling harness, especially in terms of load force distribution (ie. placing the force of pull on the shoulders and not on the neck). Has anyone used the web master harness for skijoring or bikjoring?

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