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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Canicross Hikes 2008 ; Minnewashta Regional Park

Zala, one of the 7 month old Tuloon/Bazil pups, was my chosen subject for the hike. When the dogs are not working, it is best to remove the tug line from their harness and attach it to their collar so they differentiate between work and play time.

All of the dogs did a great job and pulled well. Then it was time for fun at the beach.

We began our 2008 Canicross Hike season at Minnewashta Regional Park yesterday. Temps were in the upper 50s and low 60s and it was overcast but still a glorious spring day for a hike. It didn't begin to rain until we were almost back to our vehicles.

We plan to do one hike per month at a Minnesota State Park with another hike per month at either Minnewashta Regional Park or Carver Park. The idea behind this schedule was that by becoming more familiar with two parks, we then can focus on individual training issues more intensely at those parks rather then do that in addition to exploring a new area.

We had all northern breed dogs in attendance for our hike yesterday except for our "German Sled Dog" Conan, the German Shepherd. We've had all different breeds attend our Pull Training classes and Canicross Hikes and everyone is welcome. No previous experience required!

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