Scooter Guide

You need a variety of specialised equipment to compete in events with your dogs. It can be a bit daunting and expensive to get into the sport. If you just want to exercise your dog or have some fun with him/her then a Scooter may be just what you are looking for! Scooters are an excellent way to enjoy running your dog, give you access to trails which may not be suitable for rigs and are also a lot easier to transport.

The safety and comfort of your dogs should be your main consideration at all times.

Scooter

Scooter
The two-wheeled bike like item used for light weight training.


Connecting Line

Connecting Line
The lines are connected to the headstock with a specially made piece of line with a loop in each end.


Bungee

Bungee
To the headstock line is connected a bungee, followed by standard one or two dog rig lines can then be connected to the bungee.


The Last Piece

Kamots in harness
And finally the dog in harness is hooked up, and you are ready to go.


Clothing

Clothing
You will also need suitable clothing for yourself, waterproofs, comfortable footwear, etc. In this photo Ewan shows us what NOT to wear, while (a young) Christopher (the style guru) shows us sensible rally clothing!


The bigger picture

Scooter set-up
The first model of scooter I used was the Cruiser from scootmania.com. I found this model adequate for the trails I run on, but if you are looking for additional ground clearance, suspension forks and even a disc brake, then go for the Downhill model.

I now use the Cross Country from Kickbike as pictured, and highly recommend it.


Kickbike

Kickbike
As the interest in scooters increased, we saw in the 2003/2004 season, a one-dog scooter class introduced. We use a Kickbike from Kickbike UK, if you find us at an event you will be able to compare this to other scooters and try it out if you wish, at your own risk. We also have available their top of the range X-C (Cross Country) model, which is complete with suspension forks and disc brake, as pictured.