Bikejor & Scooter Instructor Course

 

 

Are you passionate about Bikejor/Scooter and want to start a business or a local club? Or maybe you already have your own dog business and want to add a unique dog sport to your existing services? We can give you the knowledge, skills & equipment required to get started!

This course will provide you with everything you need to begin running Bikejor and Scooter training sessions for your clients and their dogs and how to structure future sessions for their progression. The course includes your very own Instructor starter kit bag worth £450 (RRP), available in a choice of 5 colours. This means that you are suited and booted ready to launch your business as soon as you complete our course!

2 Day Intensive In-Person Training
Instructor Starter Kit Bag Worth £450
Tried & Tested Strategies & Templates

Our 2 day Instructor Course Includes:

  • In-person 2 day course including a mixture of both theory and practical
  • Instructor Kit bag worth £450 RRP including the full range of sizes of Sporty Paws X back harnesses, two Sporty Paws 2.5m Bikejor/Scooter lines in a choice of brass snaps or carabiners, a Rowerland bike arm and a Rowerland scooter arm, all in your very own kit bag. You can even choose the colours of your harnesses and lines.
  • Tried and tested business/customer service strategies and templates
  • History and background of the sports including safety and bylaws
  • Deep dive into the different harnesses, bungees and bike/scooter attachment styles and their features
  • How to measure up correctly for a dog harness
  • Warm up & cool down routine pre & post bike/scooter run
  • Basic mountain bike & scooter skills
  • Introduction to command training
  • Training techniques for dogs and what signs to look out for
  • How to run a Bikejor/Scooter introduction session from enquiry through to practical session
  • How to set up a Bikejor/Scooter club
  • Hands on practice with both your own dog and other course attendees
  • Common troubleshooting problems
  • Instructor handbook
  • Instructor T-shirt
  • Use of the Sporty Paws Certified Bikejor/Scooter Trainer logo
  • 1 months free access to our Instructor Guild for on-going support, advice and benefits after the course. See full details below.

The completion of this 2 day Bikejor/Scooter Instructor Course will enable you to become a Sporty Paws Certified Bikejor/Scooter Instructor.  The full course cost is £650.

YOU CAN BOOK YOUR COURSE PLACE WITHOUT THE KIT FOR £400, THIS STILL INCLUDES THE HANDBOOK AND T SHIRT BUT NO EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED.

Your Instructors

Hi, we’re Jess & Jambo, 
Head Bikejor/Scooter Instructors at Sporty Paws; experienced instructors and mushers with our variety of dogs (x15+!) 

Between us, we have been running and racing dogs for over 23 years. We have raced both nationally and internationally for Team GB and have a wealth of experience when it comes to training dogs, especially when wheels are involved – you’ll definitely be well looked after with us on your Bikejor/Scooter Instructor journey. We will be sharing our knowledge, experience and tried and tested methods and templates when it comes to customer service and teaching dog sports, ensuring you leave the course feeling confident on how to set up and deliver your Bikejor & Scooter sessions to pet dogs and their owners.

Jambo first started mushing with his dogs Cash & Codi in 2008. He quickly discovered the buzz of running with a team of dogs and that’s when China joined in. All of Jambo’s dogs are initially trained on either a bike or a scooter, before they ‘make the team’ and he’s therefore confident that 6 dogs+ aren’t going to drag him in to a hedge! Jess started Canicross in 2014 with her GSD Harry and they soon became addicted to getting out and about together and meeting likeminded people. It was an opportunity to keep fit, maintain a bond and get a good dose of fresh air. During those years, we have had a wide range of dog breeds, from huskies and german shepherds, through to alaskans, eurohounds and greysters. Our training and experiences have naturally changed over this period and we are confident in the tried and tested methods we will be passing on to you.

After discovering canicross with her German Shep, Jess joined her local club (Wessex Canicross) where she soon ended up on the committee, in a number of roles including Chair. Jambo similarly ended up on the committee of the Sled Dog Association of Scotland and later became president for a number of years. In 2018 we then both joined the British Sleddog Sports Federation as ‘President’ and ‘Vice President for Development’ – this is often referred to as the National Governing Body of sled dog sports in the UK. All of these opportunities gave us a chance to work with a huge range of people. We have arranged a crazy number of events, had paperwork coming out of our ears, harvested clients & participants from all around the country and managed to visit some amazing international locations and share and swap stories with dog sport participants around the globe.

Jess has a background (outside of dogs!) which completely focusses on instructing/coaching, including training the UAE Olympic Sailing Team, and she’ll be the bread and butter when it comes to customer service, teaching techniques for humans, paperwork and what’s needed to set up a business. Jambo will be all about the dogs and the training. His background of having a team of dogs is unlike most others and with a huge amount of dogs comes a huge number of past experiences and stories, as well as years of bikejor & scooter.

We are utterly delighted to have become Head Bikejor/Scooter Instructors for Sporty Paws in 2021 and we are confident our course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to set up and run your own Bikejor and Scooter Training Business. We are huge believers in ‘grass roots’ participation and strive to see our ‘sport’ grow within the UK. It’s not all about international racing, and we know everyone must start at the beginning one day! It’s all about getting out of the house and enjoying the time you have with your dogs. We really look forward to meeting you on our courses so you can spread this knowledge to others.

The Venues

Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire, HG5 0SE

Allerton Castle has great direct links being just 5 minutes off the A1. Allerton is situated just a 15 minute drive from the local towns of Boroughbridge and Wetherby and is also within a 30 minute drive of the cities of York, Harrogate and Ripon for accommodation for the course. There is even a campsite just a 2 minute drive from the venue too!​

To find out more about Allerton Castle you can visit their website HERE.

Charlton Park Estate, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9DG

This venue is only 20 mins off of the M4 and 30mins away from Swindon which is full of places to stay during your course. Alternatively there is a caravan and campsite 3 miles down the road.

To find out more about Charlton Park Estate you can visit their website HERE.

After The Course…

We welcome you to become a member of our Instructor Guild. For £20 per month you get the following:

  • Access to our Sporty Paws Head Bikejor/Scooter Instructors for on-going support and advice

  • Online Q&As / workshops for continued personal development opportunities covering both Bikejor/Scooter and business related topics

  • Access to our private instructor forum to connect with other Instructors

  • 15% Instructor Kit discount at Sporty Paws through our loyalty scheme

  • 10% discount for your clients to use at Sporty Paws

  • Opportunities to trial and test Bikejor/Scooter kit

  • Business listing as a Certified Instructor on the Sporty Paws website

  • Discounts on further courses like Pet First Aid and Human First Aid

FAQs

  • Who is the course for?

    You must have basic Bikejor/Scooter experience and have a willing dog in harness.

    This course is ideal for anyone wishing to offer Bikejor/Scooter training as a new business venture or as an additional service to an existing business. Alternatively it is also suitable for Clubs and Groups who want a representative within their group who is trained to correctly fit equipment and teach the correct methods

  • Will I need to bring my dog on the course?

    Yes, the course is a mixture of both practical and theory so you’ll need to bring your dog to the course.

    Your dog needs to be comfortable running in harness and be happy to settle in your vehicle during the thoery parts of the course. The venue is private and your vehicle will be parked closeby whilst we do the classroom sessions. You’re welcome to check on your dog at any time. The maximum length of route during the course will be a 5K (or less).

    If you’re unable to bring a dog, please contact us prior to booking on to the course so we can make alternate arrangements for you.

  • Is there a payment plan available?

    Yes! Please get in touch with us to discuss this further.

  • Is overnight accommodation included in the course cost?

    No. You will need to arrange your own overnight accommodation for the duration of your stay.

    Our Instructor course is ran at the beautiful, private venue of Allerton Castle and grounds in North Yorkshire.

    Allerton Castle has great direct links being just 5 minutes off the A1. Allerton is situated just a 15 minute drive from the local towns of Boroughbridge and Wetherby and is also within a 30 minute drive of the cities of York, Harrogate and Ripon for accommodation for the course. There is even a campsite just a 2 minute drive from the venue too!

  • Does this course include lunch?

    No, lunch is not provided within the course cost. You will need to bring a packed lunch each day, however, refreshments will be provided at the venue (and maybe even biscuits!).

  • Will I need to buy kit after the course?

    You will receive an Instructor Starter Kit Bag worth £450 retail value in with the course cost to enable you to get started with your introduction sessions. Your kit bag includes 7 different sizes of Sporty Paws X back harnesses, two 2.5m bungee lines and 2 bikejor/scooter attachments. All in a colour of your choice.

    Please note: Not all dogs will be suited to one specific harness style due to their running style/needs, therefore you may need to purchase additional kit after the course to add to your kit bag to accommodate your clients needs.

  • What age does my dog have to be to attend?

    Dogs must be fully grown to participate in bikejor or scooter due to it being a high impact sport. This is to avoid damage to the dogs bones, joints and growth plates whilst they are still growing. Dogs are typically around the age of 12-18 months when they start, depending on breed size, sometimes even up to 2 years in giant breeds. Check with your vet prior to starting if you are unsure.

  • Do I need to bring anything else with me?

    Yes! You will need to bring either a bike or scooter with you. It must be something which you are comfortable riding and attaching equipment to.

Upcoming Dates

January 2022 – 3 SPACES REMAINING!

Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd
Allerton Castle,
North Yorkshire
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March 2022

Sat 12th & Sun 13th
Charlton Park Estate,
Malmesbury, Wiltshire
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Can't make these dates?

Apply Now to join our waiting list for further course dates and we will inform you when they become available.

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