Trail Etiquette

Most cross country ski trails do not allow dogs. Most skiing is done away from groomed trails or on snowmobile trails that allow dogs. Wherever you skijor watch out for others. Exercise common sense, and be polite. Don’t allow your dog to run loose around other people.

Always clean up after your dog defecates in high traffic or public areas and try to keep your male dog from marking the trail.

Be patient with your dog. Do not yell or hit your dog (it is unnecessary and counterproductive).

Be aware of dog closure areas at certain Sno-Parks and abide by the rules.

Train your dog to run on the right side of the trail or be able to move over to the right if other trail users approach. If you encounter a dog team on the trail, move off the trail and stop, putting yourself between your dog and the oncoming team. Wait until there is some distance between you and the team before continuing.

Have reflective tape sewn onto the dog harness and your clothing, and wear a headlamp if you plan to skijor at night.