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Harness the dog in summer

As they live in the period of snowless sledge dogs - participants of the winter race "Beringia"

Strong paws confidently repel from the snow, the sleds of the narts smoothly slide over the surface and the courier, which directs the direction, rushes forward. Dog races will conquer everyone with their speed, cohesion and cute faces of fluffy sportsmen. The most important and famous race is "Beringia". It is spent in Kamchatka in the middle of winter - snowy and frosty. However, in the summer the races do not stop. They have their own characteristics and their charm.

Harness the dog in summer
Photo: Federation of sled sports of Khabarovsk Territory

Summer racing, which is called driveland, is organized primarily for training. Without them, both the dogs and their masters will lose their physical form. Training is done early in the morning or late in the evening so that the dogs do not overheat. With mounts with their thick undercoat this can happen quite quickly. Athletes have their own snowless disciplines.


- In summer the sledges and skis remain at home. Cayurs run in pairs with dogs - this discipline is called a kanicross, someone sits on a bicycle, and next we run a dog is already biking. Use even scooters - special scooters on large wheels and maps - small three-wheeled or four-wheeled carts. In them and in scooters can harness from two dogs and more, - said the president of the federation of riding sports of the Sakhalin region Dmitry Arkhipov.

On the island, competitions on snowless disciplines of sled sport are held from May and end only in October. In the spring they held the baton, and in August they organized night races - extreme competitions for dogs and kayurs. Autumn on Sakhalin will be the championship and the championship of the region. Racing on the cards on the island is not yet developed, so in this discipline the participants will not compete. But in the Khabarovsk Territory this means of transportation had time to master well. In late September, they will hold a regional championship, and then the Cup of Russia. At these competitions for the first time will compete in the races on the cards. 

In the Far Eastern capital, dogs are trained even in the water - there are water lovers and opponents to swim. Dogs of short-haired breeds can afford more intensive training. But malumatam, husky and samoyeds have to protect themselves from overloads and overheating. To active training all start in September, when it becomes cooler.

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- Training starts gradually, then we increase the load, time and distance - everything is the same as in any other sport, just the interaction of the person with the dog is added. It is necessary to achieve such a result that the dog understands each team, especially in wheel disciplines: scooter and maps are more traumatic - one sharp turn is wrong and one can turn over, "Elena Domnitskaya, the head of the federation of driving sports of the Khabarovsk Territory, explained.

Snowless disciplines are not so spectacular and spectacular, however it does not prevent them from collecting as many participants and spectators as in the winter. And so it happens in any region of the Far East, where they develop driving sports. Many come just to see or support friends, and after the competitions they themselves start dogs and begin to engage in sledging.


In Kamchatka, which hosts the "Beringia" competitions on snowless disciplines are no different from those that are held in winter: the cueurs compete in the championship and the championship of the region, local competitions, and then go to the Russian championship.

- We are actively pursuing competitions in the summer, new disciplines are added, like maps and scooters. It appeared at us about five years ago and is gaining increasing popularity - people are breeding more dogs, buying equipment, "said Andrei Semashkin, head of the Kamchatka Center for Sled Sports.


According to him, in the sled sport take dogs of all breeds, except fighting. Pulling a harness or a scooter can even be a poodle, if he and his master have such a desire. However, now the most polar for this are the mestizo, the Siberian husky. Purebred dogs participate in separate races. To participate in competitions, dogs need veterinary documents confirming its excellent physical condition and strong health. There are certain requirements for the cavemen - each discipline needs its own equipment and shoes. For example, for a canicross it should not be studded.

An important role in racing is played by equipment for dogs. On how careful it is chosen, success in competitions largely depends. Ammunition is developed in such a way as to optimally distribute the load on animals, to reduce the loss of their draft effort. For example, special synthetic harnesses are designed to distribute the main load to the animal's chest and, in part, to the rest of the body. Ammunition for riding sports is made individually for each dog. Previously, for this use of natural leather, today more common synthetic materials, for example, kapron. They are lighter, firmer and more elastic, besides they are easy to clean, which is important for cuirasses, especially in summer and autumn periods.


In the most famous and large-scale race - "Beringia" - not all canyurs can take part. On Sakhalin there are no such large teams, and the road to Kamchatka is expensive and heavy. Therefore, on the island decided to organize a semblance of "Beringia" at medium distances. Next year, within two days, there will be a race at 100 km. Despite the inaccessibility of the Kamchatka race, Sakhalin and other Far Eastern time canons do not lose their time and are actively preparing for the autumn and winter competitions.

But the most famous and massive snowless race in Russia is "Following the Yellow Leaf". It takes place in October in the Moscow region and is very popular, including with beginners, since it is possible to try and test your strength on experienced athletes. However, the Far Eastern cabbies do not go to these competitions - practically in every region there is an alternative to this driving line.

- Snow-free disciplines allow you to prepare your dog well for the winter season. She will be on her toes, her physical condition will allow her to start winter training smoothly. The summer period is very important for sled dogs and kayurs, "Andrei Semashkin underlined.
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