April 23, 2014

Sled dog racing question?

Question by Ashley Cantsay: Sled dog racing question! thnks!?
So i’m getting into sled dog racing! I am getting 2 dogs for 1 sled (i only weigh 106) i will have a lead dog don’t worry. but anyways just wondering if there’s any good websites you can give me on sled dogs and sled dog racing?! I’m also looking for a sponsor are there any websites (probably not) or should i contact someone and ask them? Also I will have a professional work with me on racing them! so don’t worry about me not knowing what i’m doing! (i don’t but i WILL) Also when buying a siberian husky (i’ve found 2 i LOVE) what should i look for? I’ve bought a dog before (she died) but i wasn’t really racing her (she was a papillon! haha) so what should i look for? should i ask to walk them to see if they pull? how can i tell if i’m getting my money’s worth? any good websites with good equiptment that isn’t too expensive (i found a sled and some other stuff the sled as about $ 250 and the other stuff total was about $ 65) that’s good quality! any tips would be great to! no bad comments like “you aren’t ready for this’ as you don’t KNOW me or “don’t race them dogs are not meant to be raced” Um have you SEEN a siberian husky?! they are HYPER!!!!! :) thanks for your help! and sorry about all the questions just making sure i am covering all areas! thanks again!

Best answer:

Answer by Sunshine- Truth Hurts!
I have a Siberian Husky and they are bred for pulling sleds. They are pretty strong dogs but some are not. Please make sure to check with your vet if the dog is eligible to race or pull sleds. But here are some great sites on info for sledding dogs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sled_dog

http://www.42explore2.com/sleddog.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sled_dog_racing

Please make sure to adopt from a shelter or a reputable breeder. Pet store dogs come from puppy mills and if you see a picture, you might throw up. My first puppy mill picture I saw was when I was 4 years old and I puked how bad these dogs live in. Here is a site for dog sledding supplies:

http://www.krystalkennels.com/dog_sledding_supplies

Sorry if I didn’t help a lot hehe. I used to race my dog but know I moved and live in a warm climate. Good luck!

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Comments

  1. dewclaw says:

    What races, I have never heard of 2 dog class? or quality gear so cheap? You have picked dogs you love but don't know what to look for? OK yes I am worried about you not knowing what your doing.

    I really think you need to find and work with someone already actively involved in the sport before you go diving in and getting dogs and gear you know nothing about. This is not a hobby like cheer leading you pick up one year and drop the next. The lives of animals are involved and you need to be responsible. Yes your excited and all and that is great, but you need to be educated and realistic. And getting a sponsor for an unknown musher with no experience, dream on. (or start begging your friends and family)
    You have not even done enough of your own research to find a mentor yet or know what websites are out there….
    Please, you have not even started to touch on all areas let alone cover them.

    Get a mentor first, work with them and learn what the sport of mushing is all about first. http://www.sleddogcentral.com/beginners/mentor_li

    Join a club http://www.sleddogcentral.com/clubsorg.htm
    and / or volunteer for a race, again so you actually know what you are talking about http://www.sleddogcentral.com/racelinks.htm#top

    I have been racing sled dogs for over a decade, and have seen lots of excited kids think they can just jump into the sport, with no idea of what it really costs and entails to have a team. And that never turns out good for the dogs. Take the time to work with an experienced musher. If your lucky you can get someone to take you on as a handler, kennel helper, to help care for and run the dogs. you will gain experience and skills needed to be a responsible musher. Once you actually know what your doing then you will be in a position to answer these questions yourself instead of asking a group of strangers who may or may not know anything about what your trying to do.

    I am sorry your not going to like what I have to say, but I have to be honest.

  2. 4Her4Life says:

    Your first dogs should be retired sled dogs from a reputable musher's team. Siberian Huskies bred and raised as pets or for other canine sports won't know what they are doing and the best way to train a new dog (after a little basic work) is to harness them up with a few dogs that already know what they are doing. Professional mushers do not use purebred Siberians, but carefully bred Alaskan Huskies that have a mix of several northern breeds, hound, and a dash of everything else. Alaskans are the triathaletes of the canine world and nothing else can really touch them in the realm of competitive mushing. Siberians, Samoyeds, and other "purebred" sled dogs are useful for recreational mushing and as working sled dogs (i.e. running a trap line, hauling freight) but not for running the Rondy or the Big I.

    If you are working with a professional, then they will be able to answer these questions and more and there is no reason to ask random strangers on the internet. Note that mushing is an addictive, expensive, and year-round hobby – one great musher once quipped that he would have been "better off with heroin – it's cheaper and less addictive" than sled dogs. If you are serious about racing, you will shortly need to expand your team to a minimum of 4-10 running dogs and probably also begin to breed your own dogs (good mushers don't sell their good puppies, they keep them to run on their own team).

    You will need acres of space and neighbors that don't mind howling, barking, smell (keep the dog yard clean, but that stuff has got to go somewhere), or clouds of hair during the spring and fall. Competitive teams are not pets and do not live in the house, do not expect a pet dog to react well to a musher's dog yard or a sled dog to transition well into a house. Research the best places to get meat scraps, offal, bones, skin, and fat from slaughtered critters to feed your team as commercial dog foods won't get you close to 100% racing condition (you'll need at least one giant chest freezer to store stuff and a strong stomach to pick up, haul, sort, and prepare it for feeding time).

    Now go to talk to that "professional musher" before you purchase, build, or decide on anything.

    Good luck.

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