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Skijoring is a winter dog-powered sport popularized in North America and derived from the Scandinavian sport of pulka. It involves from one to three dogs hitched directly to a human being on skis. Variations of skijoring include snowboarding while hitched to a dog, and "grassjoring," skijoring on grassy fields rather than snow.

In skijoring, the person wears a wide waistband with a clip for attaching a lead, which is attached to the harness worn by the dog. Special quick-release hitches or hooks are available, used so that the skijorer may unhook the dog's lead rapidly. The dog provides extra power to the skier, who typically uses cross-country technique, and the pair work together to move through the landscape.

See the related sports of bikejoring and canicross.


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