Dog scootering is an exciting new sport where one or more dogs pull a person on a full size kick scooter. It is similar to mushing, which is done in the winter, but generally with fewer dogs and with a scooter instead of a dog sled. The dogs wear the same harnesses that sled dogs wear, and are hooked to the scooter with a gangline. The gangline usually incorporates a bungie to smooth out the shocks of speeding up and takeoff. Most of the same commands are used, although dog scooterers tend to be more relaxed about their commands, sometimes using "right" and "left" instead of "gee" and "haw", for example.
Dog Scootering is becoming one of the fastest growing dog sports in the UK and although Scootering and Sledging has always been associated with Husky's, all breeds can take part as long as they are fit, healthy and of a suitable size.
Scootering provides exercise both for the dog and rider. The dog gets exercise pulling the scooter but people do have to help push, especially up hills. Dogs that exercise regularly tend to be better behaved, as a lot of bad behavior is due to boredom and lack of exercise.
Most dogs take to this sport with a little encouragement. They get to run as fast as they can and get to see and visit new places. As dog scooterers become more experienced, they tend to take their dogs and scooters with them to new trails. This can lead to a stronger bond between people and their dogs.
The British All Breed Scootering Association is a small group of enthusiastis who get together throughout the year, to attend scootering 'hikes' and compete against each other for fun. We always welcome new enthusiasts to the sport.