Mushing

dog mushing.

What is dog mushing?
Mushing is a transport method and sport powered by one or more dogs that pull a rig on dry land or sled on snow. It includes sled dog racing, weight pulling, carting, scootering, skijoring, pulka, and freighting.

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What equipment is required?
If you are into racing, skijoring, or recreational mushing, you should choose an X-back harness for the dogs. This is the most popular harness, and most outfitters understand how to fit them properly. Harnesses from your local pet store are too constrictive and may cause your dog to have difficulty breathing. There are special harnesses for weight pulling with a single tree or spreader bar to prevents the straps from slipping down the dog's legs and keep the weight low and evenly spread.

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What breeds can participate?
Three breeds are considered to true sled dogs based on their tasks, endurance, and performance: Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, and the Eskimo Dog. Other breeds are also used as mushing dogs, such as Alaskan Husky, Greenland Dog, Chinook, Mackenzie River Husky, Samoyed, and Eurohound. However, any breed with an intense desire to pull and run can participate in dog mushing.

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What competitions exist for dog mushing?

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What equipment is required?

  • Sled
  • Booties
  • Tug lines
  • Necklines
  • Gang lines
  • Dog harness
  • Safety gear for handler
  • Water and bowls for dogs

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How much weight can the dogs actually pull?
This varies based on the type of run they're racing on and size of the musher. If the musher intends to camp on the trail, extra gear such as more fuel, straw, food is required. Sleds complete of essential gear typically weigh around 175 pounds.

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How can I get started?
Check out local clubs in your area. Bring your dog along to make sure he is interested in dog mushing.
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