Trail Etiquette

If you aren’t sure how your dogs will handle themselves around other users on the trail, or if your dogs get overly excited, pull off to the side and hold your team for others to pass safely.

Communicate with other dog teams and other trail users so they know what to expect from you as you approach. For example, yelling, “On your left,” is a common way to let someone know you intend to pass on the left side of the trail.

Most cross country ski trails do not allow dogs as dog paws ruin set tracks on the trail. In many areas, snowmobile trails are your best choice. It is important to know the specific rules where you run. Keep a sharp eye out for other users, exercise common sense, and be polite. Don’t allow your dog to run loose around other people.

When dryland training, do not use muddy trails. Wheels on muddy trails create ruts that become set as it dries and destroy the trail surface for future use.

Always bag and remove your dog poop and train your male dogs not to mark the trail.

Be patient with your dog. Do not yell or hit your dog; it is unnecessary, counterproductive, and abusive. Mushing should be fun for both you and your dog.

Be aware of dog closure areas at 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.