Dog sledding

dogs on the run

By

Emma Mathios

Josh Garcia

Alyssa Farley


period 1/7

date 2/4/16

dog sledding

  • Most often a competition sport.
  • People in Alaska, Canada, Yukon travel on dog sleds.
  • Animal cruelty is often associated with dog sledding.
  • Overheating is something you should watch out for, the symptoms are stumbling, weaving, damage the brain, kidneys, and muscles, or even kill the dog.

other uses

  • Dog sledding is a mean of transportation in snowy climates.
  • Some people still use dog sledding to carry other people.
  • Sled dogs were used in the first expedition to the North and South poles.
  • Sled dogs were used for trapping, hunting, protection, transportation, and companionship.
  • Before the mushers (a driver of a dog sled) used dogs they used wolves.

Training

  • Commands - "hike" get moving, "gee" turn right, "haw" turn left, "easy" slow down, "whoa" stop, "kissing sound" speed up, "line out" stand still.
  • 8 weeks old they start training.
  • Training dogs at the same time is a good idea.
  • Socialization is a big part for dog sledding.
  • Roping dogs to four wheeled carts and make them run up/down dirt roads.
  • Working together.
  • Needs to learn to cut down on meals.
  • Learn to adapt to cold climates.
  • They can burn up to 10,000 calories while training.
  • Some sled dog pups need to get used to wearing booties. (dog boots)

The most common dog sleds

  • Nome sled, is the most popular sled people use.
  • Alaskan sleds, are built to stand the roughest travel.
  • Nansen sled, is wider than the Nome sled and lighter.
  • Komatik, a sled made the the Indians.

Types of sled dogs

  • Siberian huskies
  • Alaskan malamutes
  • Samoyed
  • Most modern sled dogs are 2 feet, high shoulders, 40 to 80 pounds, small pointed ears, double coated, tough paw pads, and adapt to cold climates, which qualify's them to be great sled dogs.

works cited

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Forsberg, Will. "Dogsledding." Encyclopedia Americana. Grolier Online, 2016. Web. 1 Feb. 2016

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