Maybe you have watched a cross country skier take his dog skijoring. Maybe you had a ride on a dog sled in a Pee Wee race or maybe your family has a pet husky. Now you want to know where to start so you can have your own team.
This site will not tell you everything you need to know, but it will help you get started. You will need more than just dogs. You will need permission and cooperation from your parents. Being a musher is something you are everyday, not just on race days. your dogs will need your care and attention and they will look forward to the time you spend with them. It can be hard work, but it is great fun, too.
There are different types of sled dog sports. If you know how to ski cross country style, you could try Skijoring. Your dog pulls you as you ski. If you want to use a sled with your team, you can train for sprint races. The goal of sprint races is to go as fast as you can over a short course. Many race events have special races for one and two dog Junior Mushers for younger racers. The senior musher sprint races are for teams of 4, 6, 8 or an unlimited number of dogs (as many as 20). There are also long distance races. These are from 20 miles to over 1000 miles long. Another type of sled race is the freight race. The team hauls a heavy sled over the course. Weight of the sled and distance depend on the number of dogs on the team. In weight pull events, the dog pulls a special sled or cart for a short distance. Each time the dog pulls, more weight is added until one dog pulls the heaviest weight and wins.