What is sled dog sport?
Otherwise know as “Dryland Mushing” in Australia, Sled Dog Sports encompass several disciplines or classes including Scooterjor, Bikejor, Canicross and Rig or Cart. We also have Snow races using traditional Sleds and XC Skis in the Victorian Alpine Region.
Is sled dog sports for you?
Where do races take place and how does a typical event work?
The first rule of Sled Dog Sports is: Never let go! The second rule of Sled Dog Sports is all about temperatures and dog safety.
- Warm clothes, enclosed shoes and gloves
- Head light and bike light
- 2L (at least) of water per dog
- Dog Food
- Food and drink for yourself
- A chew proof means of securing your dog/s (cable stake out or crate)
- Any camping requirements you have
- Flat collar or limited slip collar, (no check chains, prong or e-collars for running)
- Tick protection strongly recommended in some areas of Australia
Sled dog training tips to get you started
As in any dog sport regular training is the key to success, it also means that you and your dog will be well prepared to have loads of fun together!
To get started on your dryland mushing journey you don’t need to wait for winter or club events to start and you don’t need any fancy equipment. Perhaps two of the most important things you can to get started in sled dog sports are building up the fitness of your sled dog and command training, both of which can be done during warmer weather and in everyday situations.