Maybe you live in an area where you get plenty of snow in the winter, or simply want your pup to learn how to pull a sled for fun when it does snow. You can even train him to pull a wheeled sled so that he can get his workout in all year long. When it comes to pulling a sled, most people immediately think of the Husky, yet there are several other breeds that can also be taught to pull.
Among these are, of course, the much larger Alaskan Malamute, but thanks to Hollywood, it’s the Husky that takes center stage. Keep in mind that while Huskies are bred to pull and work in the deep snow and cold temperatures of the tundra, they still need to be trained to do the job. The earlier you start the training process the better, as younger pups learn more quickly than adult dogs as their brains are still soaking up tons of information and knowledge.
Despite breeding, no dog, even a Husky, is born understanding the various commands used when pulling a sled. Your job is not only to teach your pup to wear a pulling harness and to understand what each of the commands used means so that he knows what is expected of him when he hears them. This means you need to learn them as well. Since you are only just getting started, there are just four commands you need to become familiar with. These are 'Whoa' (stop) 'Mush' or 'Hike' (Go), 'Haw' (turn to the left), and 'Gee' (pronounced as "G" and meaning turn to the right).
Mushing or sled pulling is a great way for both of you to bond and get plenty of good healthy exercise. Keep in mind you need to start your pup off with small loads and work his pulling capacity up as his body and muscles build up to meet the challenge. If you try to go too fast, you risk injuring your pooch and possibly rendering him unable to pull.
Before you can get started training your Husky to pull a sled, you need to have your vet's approval that his bones and body are mature enough to start. Your pup also needs to have mastered the basic commands. Not only will this make him easier to control, but having mastered them shows that he knows who is Alpha in his pack. You also need a few things to help the training go more smoothly.·
Then, along with this, there is the fact you will need plenty of time and patience to work with your fuzzy friend until he masters the basics. After this, the two of you can have a blast going all over the place together.