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Try Dog Sledding
Dog power has been used for hunting and travel for over a thousand years. As far back as the 10th century BCE these dogs have contributed to human culture.
Assembling a dog sled team involves picking leader dogs, point dogs, swing dogs, and wheel dogs. The lead dog is crucial, so mushers take particular care of these dogs. Another important detail is to have powerful wheel dogs to pull the sled out from the snow. Point dogs (optional) are located behind the leader dogs, swing dogs between the point and wheel dogs, and team dogs are all other dogs in between the wheel and swing dogs and are selected for their endurance, strength and speed as part of the team. In dog sledding, Siberian Huskies or Alaskan Malamutes are the main types of dogs that are used for recreational sledding because of their strength and speed and endurance as well as their ability to withstand the cold. However, Alaskan Huskies (a mix between Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes) are also a popular dog for sled dog racing, because of their endurance, good eating habits, speed, and dedication to running even when tired.
Sometimes, for sprint races, mushers use short haired hounds that are faster than the average husky. These hounds are raised from a young age to pull. It is harder to train hounds than it is to train siberian huskies and malamutes to pull a sled because it is not in their nature. To train a pup how to pull a sled, you must start them at around six months old by having them pull a small log behind them so that they get a feeling for it and are comfortable with it.
Here are some reasons to try dog sledding and learn to mush
Experience beautiful winter scenery.
There is something magical about seeing the sun glistening through snow covered tree branches or patches of fresh, untouched snow.
Learn cool commands.
An important part of dog sledding is making the dogs actually go – otherwise, it will be a pretty lame ride. With commands like “hike,” “gee,” “haw,” “easy,” “on by,” and “whoa,” you can make the dogs start pulling, go right or left, slow down, pass or stop.
It’s cozy and romantic.
If you don’t want to learn the mushing commands, you can keep cozy in a cocoon of warm blankets on the sled. Cute chauffeurs? Yes, please.
An opportunity to bring jingle bells.
Bring a set of jingle bells and pretend you’re in your own cuter version of Santa’s sleigh.
The dogs love it.
These natural-born athletes are built for cold Canadian winters. Their slim, muscular bodies make them marathon-quality runners while their thick fur keeps them cozy and incredibly adorable.
Dog sledding is great for the whole family and there is no reason not to have fun.
If you’re a dog lover so you’re in it just to play with the dogs. The are so nice, friendly and cute!