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Go Dog Sledding With Your Dog

Learn to dog sled with your dog!

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    Learn to dog sled with your dog!

    Special Interest: Sports - PullSports - Winter

    Do you love watching the Iditarod or want to learn what it takes to drive a dog sled or even train a dog sled dog?

    The best way to learn is by example. It may not be wise to invest a lot of money into this sport right away – what if your dog hates it?? Before you actually try dog sledding, it may also be a good idea to start your dog training in bikejoring, skijoring, canicross or a similar sport where your dog is involved in pulling your forward. Canicross is probably the easiest to start with and you can implement dog sledding commands when you are out running.

    Fun Dog Sled Commands: These are some fun commands you can start teaching your dog. You don’t have to use these commands, of course. Use what makes sense to you and your dog!

    Go / Hike / Mush / Let’s Go = Go Forward
    Right / Gee = Turn Right
    Left / Haw = Turn Left
    Come Gee or Come Haw = Make a 180 Degree Turn Right Or Left
    Easy / Wait = Slow Down
    Stop / Whoa / Stay = Stop
    Leave It / On By = Keep Going, Ignore Distractions
    Trail = Request Right Of Way On A Trail
    More Commands

    Find a group that is going out dog sledding with their dogs and ask questions. To learn more from the insiders, why not volunteer at the next Iditarod or another dog sledding event? It will give you a great chance to talk to people and learn first hand how to get started in this dog sport. There is a lot of training involved for both you and your dog, even if you are doing recreational dog sledding.

    Did you go dog sledding? How do you plan to teach your dog to go dog sledding? Take a photo of your dog!


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    Activities: Dog Sledding, Mushing, Snow

    TAGS: Dog Sledding, Mushing, Snow

    Items Needed: Dog Sled and Related Equipment, Appropriate harnesses, tether line, waist belt, and attachments for your dog, Leash, Poop Bags, Water, Paw Protection (Shoes or Wax), Snacks, First Aid Kit, Whistle, Appropriate Survival Gear, Coat (optional), Layered Clothing (optional), GPS Device (optional), Map (optional), Eye Protection (optional), Suncreen (optional), Extra Clothing (optional), Poles (optional).

    Safety: Consult your vet to make sure your dog can be used for dog sled racing. It is generally advisable for dogs to be strong enough to pull you, have high stamina, and be at least 30 pounds. Some of the dogs that are used for dog sled racing include the Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky, Malamute, Canadian Eskimo Dog, Chinook, and Samoyed. Once you are outside, make sure your dog stays warm. Your dog will warm up as he moves, but watch for shivering, slow breathing, lethargy, and dilated pupils. Those are signs to head back, put an extra coat or blanket on your dog. You may also want to give him some warm water. Don't forget to trim the fur between your dog's paws! If you are going on a new trail or mountain area - safety in numbers. Pay attention to winter and running safety for your dog.

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