Jan. 15, 2016

Dog Sledding: A Kids Perspective

Audrey (7) loves dogs and can't wait to head out with Cold Fire Creek Dog Sledding  at the 2017 Jasper in January Festival to try out dog sledding for the first time! She found us some awesome facts about dog sledding. 


"One of the things I’m most excited about for Jasper in January is the dogsled rides. I’ve never done it before and it looks really fun. The dogs are super cute and they can run really fast."

Photo Credit: Jeff Bartlett

Photo Credit: Mike Seehagel

Photo Credit: Cory Johnn Photography


DOG SLEDDING FACTS

  • Dog sledding in Canada, North America, and Siberia originated 4000 years ago
  • 1870's, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) began using them to patrol the northern Canadian wilderness
  • Canadian Inuit dogs were a part of world history by being chosen to make the trek to both the North and South poles.
  • Someone who drives a team of sled dogs is called a “musher”
  • The equipment required for dog mushing includes: Sled, Dog harnesses, Sled bags to hold gear and supplies, A gang-line to connect the dogs and sled
  • The iditarod is the most famous sled dog race in the world

Photo Credit: Jeff Bartlett

Photo Credit: Mike Seehagel

Photo Credit: Mike Seehagel

Photo Credit: Cory Johnn Photography

Photo Credit: Cory Johnn Photography

SLED DOG BREEDS

It's not just huskies! After all, John Suter raced the Iditarod with an all-poodle dog team!

Northern sled dogs include (in alphabetical order):

  • Alaskan Husky
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Inuit Sled Dog
  • Chinook
  • Labrador Husky
  • Samoyed
  • Siberian Husky


DOG COMMANDS

The most common commands are:

  • Hike: Start pulling
  • Gee: Veer right.
  • Haw: Veer left.
  • Easy: Slow down.
  • Whoa: Stop.
  • On By: Pass another team or other distraction.


Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding

Pyramid Lake
Local tip: Come try dog sledding on January 14th at 11am in celebration of Jasper in January!


Learn more about Jasper in January by visiting the website: http://www.jasper.travel/january/

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