What is your daily routine with your sled dogs?

by mel on July 19, 2011

Having sled dogs is a lot of day to day work, and each musher chooses to do that work differently. I am curious to hear the different answers to this question! Do you always start your mornings/end your nights in the same way? Feed your dogs in the same order? Do you let them off/out to play? How do you run your kennel life?

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Christian July 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

Well, let’s see here. I tend to take the dogs for walks in the summer, and runs in the winter. Often I’ll take them to the local high school track – I’ll run, and they’ll spend time lazing about in the shade. They seem to love that.

As for the morning – I let them out of the kennel into the run, and at night they are fed, and placed back into the secured kennel. That way they’re not going to dig out, or have a run in with something like coyotes or the many racoons and such. During race season they’re fed multiple times daily.

And they love to go to the lake. With varying degrees of enjoying the water. :D

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deb Serbousek August 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Summer is time out for our atheletes…We generally water, scoop and feed in the cooler temps of the morining. Fly goop as necessary. Sometimes we free run depending on temps. Summer is puppy time, lots and lots of interaction. Today they got their first bonies! Other than that waiting for the cooler weather to arrive.

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Christian September 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

How did they like their first bonies?!

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Blake September 28, 2011 at 2:17 am

To me, dog teams seem to prefer always having a routine. We tend to always feed our yard in the same order and direction (clockwise) each time. If you plan to participate in any distance races, you’ll need to get the dogs into a traveling and resting routine as soon as possible. For example, your checkpoint routine should be the same every time. When it’s complete, the dogs know that it’s now time to rest and get recharged for the next leg of the race. Similarly, your departure routine should also be predictable for the dogs and they’ll quickly pick up when it’s time to get underway again. If you lay the ground work for such routines in your yard during the summer, they’ll help you when racing season arrives later in the year.

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