When you have a dog that likes sledding, it can be challenging to find activities that both you and your dog will enjoy together. If you do not have a passion for sledding, there are other activities that you can do with your dog, such as backpacking or weight pulling. Take the time to watch events that you might be interested in and talk with those participating. Be sure to research the expense and training requirements for each activity, so you are fully informed when deciding which activities you are going to try.
Weight pulling is a competitive sport and there are only three organizations that offer weight pulling competitions; International Weight Pull Association, United Kennel Club, and American Pulling Alliance. Puppies should never be introduced to weight pulling competitions until they are older. Dogs are first weighed prior to competing; the dog’s weight is what determines which class they can compete. Weight classes will vary between the three organizations. When weight pulling, there are only three types of vehicles that can be used: a sled on runners, a wheeled cart, or a cart on rails. When learning weight pulling, purchase the correct harness and equipment for your dog. Weight pulling can be an expensive sport and does require dedication.
dogs should begin their training at a young age. Find a dog club that offers
sled dog training, if there is not a club close by look for someone with
sledding experience to become your mentor. Training a sled dog can be expensive
and does require extensive training for them to be competitive when sledding. Your
dog will also need to learn to work as part of a team if you are planning on
participating in sled dog races. You will be spending about an hour a day
training your dog to pull a sled and keeping them in proper condition. Be sure
to research this activity before jumping in so you are aware of the costs and
does not like the thrill of jumping on a sled and racing down a snowy hill?
Even some dogs find this activity exhilarating and will race you to the top of
the hill to go again. You can easily determine if your dog has a love for
downhill sledding by having them stand on a blanket and pulling it across the
floor. Dogs that stay on the blanket may enjoy downhill sledding. When sledding
with your dog, be sure to keep you and your dog safe while racing down the
hill. It is a good idea to remove your dog’s leash before hopping onto the sled
to keep it from becoming tangled or causing harm to them.
Dogs that love sledding will also probably enjoy spending time out on the trail backpacking through the woods. Do not overload their backpack, but allow them to carry some of the load while you are out hiking. Bring along plenty of fresh water and take precautions to keep them safe.
that like sledding need to be strong enough to pull a sled and any weight that
is on the sled. You can enroll your dog in a strength training class if you
have a dog club nearby that offers such classes. You can also do strength
training at home by watching videos online. There are specific exercises that
can be done to keep your dog in shape.
Dogs who like sledding can keep you on your toes. They are most likely thrill seekers and enjoy the feeling of adrenaline that courses through them when they are sledding. There are some dogs that were bred specifically to be sled dogs, but not all of these dogs enjoy the physical demands that a sled dog must endure. There are so many activities that dogs who like sledding can enjoy, take the time to research each activity and pick the ones that are right for you and your dog.