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Old 03-19-2009, 10:17 PM
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Dekka, we're sad we missed you too!!!! Vanessa and Tundra were looking forward to meeting you! BUT I'll see you in a couple days none the less

Zoom, that dog is something else!!!! Even right after the fight, although his face was gaping and bleeding everywhere he wanted to keep going down the trail. He was so upset that he had to turn around and go back to the truck!

Sis, that's my favourite one too! Ronan looks so animated!

Valkyrie, thanks! I'm a big believer in keeping working dogs employed LOL

Romy, nah can't you tell that this sport is abusive and all us mushers just beat and starve our dogs to make them run faster?? LOL

For those that missed what happened, I had a 3rd dog named Skelator (the one next to OC in the Kortright pictures). Ronan and Skel HATED each other from day 1 but I was able to keep them seperated and they still worked fine in harness together during training. Day 2 at the Kortright race though we had a bit of a hiccup on the trail which turned into Skel and Ronan getting into a HUGE nasty fight. This was no minor argument, this was the fight to end all fights. I jumped between to separate them (remeber this was on the trail so all 3 dogs were attached together by their harnesses and collars so I had to act fast or there would be even worse damage). I did manage to break them apart and keep them apart until help arrived but Ronan and I still had to go to the hospital (well, him to the vet of course). I wrote a more in-depth post on the incident here http://www.chazhound.com/forums/t93424/
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:16 PM
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How'd you get involved in dog sledding? Taught? Picked it up as you went? What type of training was involved if any?

I have thought I'd like to give it ago for the longest time. I may not have huskies but I've got some pretty eager Border Collies. Hmmm, the possibilities!
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Old 03-20-2009, 02:51 PM
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Paige, Border Collies are actually quite popular in the dogsledding world, especially in sprint racing! They are super smart, fast, reliable and if you fall off the sled they'll actually stop when you tell them to! LOL Some Alaskan Husky lines have infused Border Collie blood too. BCMoffat on here runs her Border Collie, Cricket in harness and he actually does quite well! Took a little extra training than the Huskies for him to "get it" but once he started figuring out what was being asked of him he soared!

I started out 6 years ago with OC and a sled LOL I taught him the commands myself and to stay out front. My dad introduced me to a local musher after his basics were down and she let me hook him up with her experienced dogs. That's the best way to train the dogs, let them learn by doing it with ones who already know! That year the sledding bug bit and I itched to go farther and faster than I could with just one dog pulling me around. Enter Ronan and things just kept progressing from there. If you can find someone who is already involved in your area who will let you hook your dogs up with theirs things will be a LOT easier. Also if your dogs are trained to heel or loose leash walk, you'll need to do some extra training to break them of that when in harness. The thing to remember is that not all dogs (whether or not they are Husky) are cut out to want to pull. Also sometimes they just aren't cut out to be leaders so while they might cower or seem disinterested pulling on their own or without another dog in front of them, they might suddenly be the hardest worker on the team if you find another dog to tuck them in behind. Skelator was like that. I tried putting him next to Ronan one time but he kept darting from side to side and hardly put any weight against the harness. His tail was also straight down the whole time and he was nervous. I went back to the yard, switched lines so that Ronan was up front by himself and Skel was behind him and it was as if I hooked up a whole different dog!!! He threw all his weight against the harness, his tail was up, he was eager and excited, etc.
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