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Posted: 21-Feb-2009, 08:59 PM
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I wasn't sure whether to post this here, or in the trail sign category, so being indecisive I figured I'd put it on both.

Yesterday I took a team of 8 out, pulling my 19th century reproduction toboggan. Since the dogs were in a modern "Nome hitch", it is the type of rig that was common on the trails of the North West Territories and Alaska in the 1880s and 1890s. You can see video of our run on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhjGySyOP90

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Posted: 22-Feb-2009, 09:36 AM
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Thank you for sharing with us Swanny. You could tell the dogs really were enjoying the run. Your video really brought to life the actual size of the sled itself and just how fast you travel. I enjoyed seeing the trail also. You are really fortunate to be able to do this.
Our friends in Canada just might need you to help them because of all the snow everyone is experiencing.

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Hi Swanny. This is a fantastic video. I watched it in full screen and you can really get an idea of what it's like on the back of a sled. I enjoyed the music as well. I have a question if you wouldn't mind answering. What do you dog do if a deer runs across the path or is off to the sides. Do your dogs go after them or not? This looks like a lot of fun. Love the trail.
Thanks for posting this.

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QUOTE (Rindy @ 22-Feb-2009, 06:41 AM)
I have a question if you wouldn't mind answering. What do you dog do if a deer runs across the path or is off to the sides. Do your dogs go after them or not?

Although there aren't any small species of deer in this part of Alaska, we do have lots and lots of moose, the largest of the deer family. Encounters are relatively common and very dangerous.

The sled is equipped with a brake, but it has limited effectiveness as it's basically just two long, steel prongs that drag in the snow. I also have a pair of "snow hooks" on the sled (the blue hardware you see me messing with at the start of the video). The snow hook is basically a steel claw that digs into the snow to anchor the team. The combination of the brake and snow hooks is usually plenty to keep the team in place.

If worse comes to worse, I almost always carry a firearm of sufficient caliber to dispatch a moose while running my dogs.

During fall and late spring, grizzly bears can also create a hazard for dog teams and mushers.

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Thanks for the answer Swanny. That's interesting. The bears would make me a bit nervous. I'd be yelling "mush mush dogs mush!" lol. If I came across the moose, it would make me nervous as well. I've never ran across an Alaskan moose but the moose around here can be rather mean.

What a great video Swanny thanks again.

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Swanny, I real enjoy watching your video's you post for us. I too have a couple questions. Frist what are your dogs doing when they look like they are licking up some snow, are they thirsty? And second question what do you do if one of them has to take a potty break? I know when I get cold that is the frist thing I have too do. hehe


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QUOTE (Harlot @ 22-Feb-2009, 09:39 AM)
Swanny, I real enjoy watching your video's you post for us. I too have a couple questions. Frist what are your dogs doing when they look like they are licking up some snow, are they thirsty? And second question what do you do if one of them has to take a potty break? I know when I get cold that is the frist thing I have too do. hehe

Sled dogs will dip snow for one of three reasons. Studies done by Ray Coppinger back in the day when he was mushing dogs found that dogs that are hot will dip snow in order to cool their brains and ward off heat stress or heat exhaustion. Since the temperature was about 20 degrees above 0 Fahrenheit (about -6 C) that's most likely why Sheenjek and Seamus were dipping. They are very large for sled dogs, so tend to get hot very easily.

Dogs will dip snow because they are thirsty, but that's unlikely in this run. Dogs get about 75 to 80% of the daily water needs from moisture in food (assuming it's available in the food). Obviously they won't get much if they are fed strictly dry kibble. Since my team was watered about 2 hours before our run, it isn't likely they were thirsty.

Some dogs will dip snow out of boredom or as a displacement behavior (something to do instead of what they want to do). IN the video, the smaller dog at wheel (closest to the sled) can be seen dipping. She usually runs in either swing (right behind the leaders) or lead, but the last few runs she has been wanting to scotch at her running mate. I intentionally put her beside Sheenjek because he won't tolerate that behavior. Rather than trying to pick on a dog that is 1/3 again larger and 3 times shorter tempered than she, she chose to dip snow. That was a good decision on her part.

Sled dogs learn to urinate or defecate while running. Since they are running in a team, if they try to stop the other dogs just shove them along. After a few times they figure out that can "poop on the run", especially with encouragement from their team mates and their musher. It makes for some very messy equipment at times, but with 8 dogs on the line, each one needing to "go" at a different time, if we didn't train dogs to do it on the move we'd be stopped more than moving.

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Thank you for the answers most helpful to know since I like seeing your dogs. Funny thing is I thought you train them like kids ...go before and then no stopping til you get back.

I live in a apartment so no pets and I have always had a dog,so miss the kisses you get from them. Fish are just so boring.

Can't wait till you take them out again!
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