Dog Sledding Not Just a Sport

Devin Aucker, and Jessica Bell pd 1/5 2/3/16

Pup Camp

  • Dogs go through identification, vaccinations, and de-worming
  • Dogs examination at every checkpoint
  • Hike = get moving
  • Gee = turn right
  • Haw = turn left
  • Easy = slow down
  • Kissing sound = speed up
  • Musher runs the dogs on dirt trails to practice

Magnificent Dogs

  • The Canadian Eskimo Dog, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, and the Samoyed
  • Thick outer coats, dense undercoats
  • Most dogs are 2 feet tall, and 40-70 pounds
  • Big meals at beginning and end of the day
  • A diet of 60-70% fat
  • The dogs eat salmon and lard balls
  • Most of the dogs are purebred

Devine Dog Sleds

  • Travel in a basket sled over 10 miles of frozen sea ice
  • Dogs run in a fan formation
  • A pituq is a 12 foot rope that attaches the dogs to the sled
  • The sleds can travel over 10 miles a hour
  • If a dog overheats the leader puts it in the sled until the next stop

Marvelous Mushers

  • A sledding team consists of 12 dogs, a sled, and a musher
  • Mushers must carry dog care diaries
  • Mushers can visit kennels to pick out their team

Intresting Facts

  • Sled dog races happen mainly in Greenland and Alaska
  • The first Sled Dog race was in 1908
  • More than 20 countries have Dog Sledding races
  • Always care a gun
  • Bring repair tools, a spare harness, emergency supplies and food
  • The team races for six hours then rests for six hours

Works Sited

  • "Adventures in Dog Sledding." POP! Protecting Our Planet. Winter 2002: 12-13. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.
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  • Fraser, Stephen. "The Amazing Race." Current Science (Vol. 94, No. 12). 27 Feb. 2009: 4+. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.
  • "Iditarod Dog Care Measures." Iditarod Dog Care Measures – Iditarod. Iditarod Trail Committee, Inc., 2015. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.
  • McIntosh, Carolee Miot. "Dog Sledding." Faces. Jan. 2015: 20-21. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 01 Feb. 2016.
  • "Sled dog." World Book Student. World Book, 2016. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.


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