Social Code of Conduct

The way we conduct ourselves today influences sled-dog access tomorrow.
Do your part to enhance our sports’ image by following these guidelines.

Traverse open trails only.

  • Respect road and trail closures [ask if unsure]
  • Avoid trespassing on private lands
  • Obtain permission or other authorisation as required
  • Leave gates as you found them or as marked
  • National Parks are closed to all dogs without special permission
  • The way you approach your activity will influence trail access and land management decisions and policies

Leave no trace.

  • Be sensitive in the areas you traverse
  • Stay on existing trails and don’t create unauthorised tracks
  • Don’t damage trackside vegetation and avoid wet, muddy areas which are more vulnerable to damage
  • Stop! And pick up your dog waste and pack it out with you

Control your dogs.

  • Regardless of the sled-dog sport you are engaged in, always maintain control of your dog/s or team/s, and always have a tethering / securing mechanism in place if needed

Yield the trail.

  • Trails are used by many different recreationalists, and field workers
  • Anticipate other trail users around corners and in blind spots
  • Show respect when passing others by slowing down and/or stopping your dog/s or team/s
  • Yield the trail to all whether on foot, bike, horseback, motorbike or vehicle
  • Establish communication in order to pass safely – good trail etiquette
  • Avoid conflict with other users by observing these guidelines

Respect wildlife / animals.

  • All animals are startled by unannounced approach, sudden movement or loud noise
  • This can be dangerous for you, the dogs, others and wildlife
  • Give wildlife extra time to adjust to your presence
  • When encountering horses, dismount from your rig and keep your dogs under control
  • Always keep yourself between the horse and your dogs so the horse focuses on you
  • Encourage equestrians to stay on the trail, and talk in soothing tones to horses as they pass

Plan ahead.

  • Know your ability, your equipment and the area you are traversing
  • Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear, take with you all necessary equipment for the situation and carry neck lines, snub lines water, etc
  • Don’t forget the dog waste bags!
  • Be self sufficient
  • Select your times carefully to suit the weather conditions and to avoid or limit conflict with other trail users