All About Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is an activity and an event that many people across the world take part in. Almost any dog can take part in sledding, but some breeds are more suited to it than others. Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies are the dog breeds that you will see most in dog sledding competitions. Dog sledding is also called mushing.

The Team

By now, you should know that Huskies are pack animals and that they need a leader. In dog sledding teams, it works the same. The rider chooses a leader of the pack and the other dogs are lined up behind him. The leader is also called the alpha and he makes sure that all the dogs stay in line.

The line-up goes as follows: leader or alpha, point dogs, swing dogs, and the wheel dogs. The wheel dogs are the ones right in front of the rider or musher.

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The Dogs

Ideal sled dogs have very thick coats as puppies and they must be healthy. Sled dogs can run between 20 and 30 miles per hour. They usually weigh between 50 and 65 pounds which make them strong but not too heavy. They have to be okay with eating pretty much anything because when they’re running they need to eat whatever they can get. It goes without saying that a sled dog must have a lot of energy and stamina and endurance.

The Musher

The musher is the guy on the sled that is directing and shouting commands to the dogs. The musher cannot be too heavy and he must also be athletic. It takes effort to control a sled and the dogs pulling it. It is the musher’s responsibility to make sure that all his dogs are healthy and well cared for. He is also responsible for making sure that the harness is always straight. If something goes wrong with the harness, it could trip the dogs and cause a lot of injuries.

Dog sledding is a sport in certain countries and there they train the dogs from puppy age to be sled dogs. This is in their natural makeup and a lot of these dogs pick it up quickly. In countries where dog sledding isn’t necessarily such a big sport, you can still find places where you can train your dog for sledding and pulling. When there is no snow, these dogs often just race. Proper training and humane treatment are key.

If you are interested in having your Siberian Husky try being a race dog or sled dog, contact the International Siberian Husky Club for more information. They will be able to give all the information and tell you whether your dog will be a good candidate for the sport.

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Recreational Activities for Siberian Huskies and Their Humans

Siberian Huskies are social and family dogs. They come from a family setting and they love being with people. They are good with kids, strangers, and even other dogs their size. Huskies are very intelligent and they have to get a lot of exercise. In order for them to be the best pets possible, they need to do training and be socialized. There are different ways of approaching this and we call it recreational activities. Some of these options include training which is both a recreational and exercise activity and it can even go under mental stimulation. These activities are very important for your Siberian Husky’s development.

Puppy School – Puppy school is the first recreational and social activity that your dog should take part in. Puppy school is mainly to socialize your dog and make them used to other dogs and people. They also learn basic commands which are very important. The recall command is one you should practice a lot because Siberians tend to not do recall very well. You can also make practicing commands a recreational activity.

Obedience School – The next step is obedience school. This is like high school for the pups. Command training, leash training, and more socialization take place. It also important that you do crate training at home and practice leash training on your own. Once your dog has successfully completed puppy school and obedience training, he is ready to go out into the world.

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Dog Parks – You should avoid taking an untrained and unsocialized dog to the dog park. They can cause chaos in the blink of an eye. Once your dog has been trained and socialized, take him to the dog park. This has multiple purposes: exercise, mental stimulation through new sights and smells, and socialization through meeting lots of new dog friends. When your dog gets used to the dog park, it will be something he looks forward everyday. You can even arrange doggy play dates with other owners.

Sledding or Racing – Because Siberian Huskies are originally sled dogs, they enjoy pulling things. Not all modern-day Huskies will enjoy it, but many still do. You can join a club to train your dog recreationally to be a sled dog or racing dog. There is some controversy surrounding these activities, but you can learn all you need to know at places like the International Siberian Husky Club. This type of training will once again fulfill the need for exercise, mental stimulation, and socialization.

Exercise Buddies – Your Siberian Husky may be the best fitness trainer you can get. They have energy for days and can probably run circles around you – literally. A fun way to bond and make sure you both get exercise is doing it together. You can choose from running, cycling, scootering, skijoring, rollerjoring, and just playing games.

Siberian Huskies love being with their pack and they love being active. Make it recreational and fun and you will both have the time of your lives. Have fun!

Tell us about the activities that you and your dog do. We look forward to hearing from you!


6 Exercise Activities for Siberian Huskies

It is very important to meet a Siberian Husky’s exercise needs. They are very energetic and have a lot of endurance and stamina. If they don’t get the opportunity to release their energy, they become destructive and disobedient. Therefore, making sure they get plenty of exercise is extremely important. There are many activities that you can use to help them exercise.

Walking and Running

A walk to the dog park or around the neighborhood is a good start. However, chances are that it will become running more than walking. This is something as simple as hiring someone for pet grooming in Dallas. Huskies make great exercise partners and they will definitely push your limits. They are inherently good at running for long distances.


You need the proper gear for this, but taking your husky cycling with you is a good idea. You get a harness and leash that can attach to your bicycle to have your Husky run next to you. It is always important to make sure the pace is not too fast for your dog.

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Agility Training

You can find out about agility training at your local training center or the International Siberian Husky Club. These Huskies are excellent candidates for agility training because they are naturally fast and light-footed. Agility training challenges your dog both mentally and physically and will be a great work-out for him.

Hiking and Trail Running

This is a great option whether it is in the forest or the snow. Hiking or trail running takes endurance and persistence – things the Husky is already good at. It will give you both a nice workout and also give you some much needed fresh air and time in nature. Climbing over things, running, and experiencing new things will be great exercise for your Siberian Husky.

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Play Games

Siberian Huskies are also very playful dogs and will love playing games with you. Frisbee is a good option as they can run and jump and repeat it as many times as they like. They love this game and it will give you tons of fun. Another option is good old tug-of-war. Get a toy or rope-like object and play tug-of-war. It is less physical than Frisbee but it will have the desired effect.

Sled or Race Dog Training

It will depend on your dog’s activity level, age, and where you live whether this is a good option. Siberian Huskies are born to pull things. If you find that your dog is one of the dogs that enjoy pulling, try to get them involved with sled dog or race dog training. You can do this recreationally or competitively, but there are many things to consider to ensure the health and well-being of your dog. Give it a try, bit if you see your dog does not enjoy the pulling then don’t force them. Rather find another activity.

Siberian Huskies love being active and running wild. It is important to allow them to do so. They make really great exercise partners and they can be motivational trainers without realizing it. Make exercise time fun for both you and enjoy some good bonding time as well.


Siberian Huskies as Sled Dogs

Siberian Huskies are natural pack and sled animals. It was their job to pull their owners through snow for work. It is part of their heritage, but not all of them will like doing this today. Siberian Huskies make great sled dogs, but you should never force your dog to pull you or anyone else if he doesn’t enjoy it. It is cruel to make your dog do something that scares them or hurts them or makes them uncomfortable.

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Training to Pull

When dog sledding is done correctly, it can be a fun activity for both you and your dog. If he likes pulling, you can train him to pull. Start small with something light and make him get used to pulling weight behind him. When he gets used to it, you can try attaching a sled or something similar. It is of great importance that you make sure your dog is wearing a cross-breasted and secure harness. The harness should not hurt your dog and it also shouldn’t be too loose. The wrong harness and incorrect wearing can cause your dog injury and pain.


It is also important that you teach your dog the pulling or sledding commands. You can decide which works for you. You should have commands that tell your dog when to start moving, when to stop, when to go left, when to go right, when to slow down, and also when to pass an obstacle or distraction. There are commands associated with these actions, but you can decide what works best for you.


Dog sledding and dog racing is a controversial issue in some places. Professional sled dogs are not always treated in the best way and are left outside in the cold. Animal rights groups have a big problem with this treatment and so do we. However, we are talking about dog sledding as a recreational activity and not necessarily a competitive one. If you treat your dog well, feed him, and give him lots of care and love, there is no reason to worry. If you use a sturdy harness and don’t allow your dog to pull excessively heavy loads or for extended periods, you are being responsible.

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Taking part in Events

If you want to take part in events with your dog, you should join a club like the International Siberian Husky Club. They have a lot of good advice to share and can even help you train your dog to be a sled dog. These clubs promote the rights and well-being of the Siberian Husky and will not allow inhumane treatment. They also have events where you can compete and have your dog practice his training. It is important to make sure that your dog is fit enough to do these events. Sledding should be fun for you both and should in no way harm your dog.

If you are interested in training your Husky as a sled dog, contact ISHC for more information. Also, keep doing research and always put your Husky’s health and well-being first.


How to Train a Siberian Husky

Siberian Huskies are very intelligent dogs and some people believe that this makes them untrainable. This is, however, not true. Huskies can be trained well if done correctly. Training is more effective if it starts at a young age rather than later, but older dogs can still also be trained.

Follow these tips to train your Siberian Husky.

  1. Be consistent – Consistency is the key to training any dog and actually any human or other animal as well. Be consistent in your rules and what is allowed and what not. Make sure that everyone in your family enforces the same behavior and don’t give your Husky mixed signals. When the Husky understands the boundaries and they are consistently applied, he will obey and not be a problem-dog.
  2. Be the alpha – Siberian Huskies are pack dogs by nature. They need to feel part of your pack and if you want to call the shots, you need to be the alpha. If you are a strong leader, he will gladly listen and obey. To make it clear that you are the alpha, do the following:
  • Always end with the toy when you’re playing. You should be the one that starts and ends play time.
  • Always enter a doorway first. This way he will know that you are the leader and that he should follow.
  • Consistently enforce the rules and boundaries that you set from the beginning.

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  1. Take him to puppy school – Siberian Huskies must be socialized and trained to obey. The best place to do this is at puppy school. At puppy school, you and your dog learn to bond and he learns to obey basic commands. After puppy school, you can also do obedience training. These training sessions are good for socialization purposes and because it gives your dog exercise and fresh air.
  2. Do crate trainingCrate training means that you train your dog to know where his own little space is. A crate that is big enough for him to sleep in and move a bit is a good size. Train him by leaving him inside for a few minutes and reward him if he stays calm and let him out. You will have to repeat this several times to make him understand that the crate is his place. He will learn that he can go there to sleep, get away from people and other pets, and patiently wait for you to return home.

These simple tips will get you on the right track with your Siberian Husky. They truly are excellent dogs and once they understand the boundaries and recognize you as alpha, you will have lots of fun together.