Monday, March 1, 2010

How To Race Dog Sleds

Dog sled racing has come a long way since the Inuit raced out of Siberia and crossed the Bering Strait. Today's dogs are breed as sprinters. They're lighter and fasters than the dogs used by traditional Inuit. Their dogs were breed for strength, stamina and usefulness on the hunt.

Here is what you need to race today...

Harness your dogs and attach them to the sled-line...


Get the dogs to the Start line and have someone hold each dog so it doesn't run off prematurely...


Try to avoid fouling your dogs with over-eager spectators...


Once clear, try to hang on until the finish line appears...


In wooded sections, attempt to steer dogs all on same side of trees...


Cross finish line and check to see if you've won anything...


There you have it. These photos were taken last weekend in Burke, Vermont and show a variety of different races with from four to eight dogs per team. Obviously I jest, when I imply the sport is simple. I was impressed with how well trained everyone was, dogs, children, adults all included. A great event to see if you ever get the chance. These folks just love being outside in the snow having fun!

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