Dogsledding has not always been a sport. In fact, dog sleds were primarily used as a form of transportation. That was the only way people could get around until modern technology gave us snow mobiles. Now, dogsledding has become more then just a form of transport. It is a full on recreational activity and sport. It is a sport all ages can enjoy.
There are a few basics you need to get started to really enjoy participating in this activity. The most important thing will be dogs of course. You can’t get a sled far without them. Owning and maintaining dogs for sledding can be a challenge alone. Feeding, handling and keeping your dogs well is a full time job. You also need quality winter gear. No matter where you are in the country or even the states conditions will be cold.
Many sledders spend days at a time in the wilderness far from luxuries such as hotels or even their home. Typically winter gear would include gloves, jackets, pants and a tent to help stay warm. You also have to make sure the dogs can survive any condition as they are truly the driving force behind winning a race. Of course you also need a good sled. A quality sled will get you from point A to B while also helping you transport goods and all of the tools you need to survive.
There are also things to think about beyond just a sled. How do you harness the dogs? How do you store the equipment for the dogs? A harness is the most critical piece of equipment since that is what keeps the dog attached to the sled. You also want to keep a dogs feet protected from the elements so boots also come into play. That is right, just like a human a dog needs to stay protected from the rough terrains you will encounter along the way. There are several types of dog boots for many environments. And of course you will need to keep your dog identified and collared.
Equipment goes beyond the course though. You need to keep your dogs warm and housed all year round so you must factor in shelter suitable for the environment you live in. Even feeding your dogs can be critical in the sport of sledding. Just like a human a dog needs to have energy to keep up with the competition.
With the right equipment, motivation and dedication you to can enjoy the wonderful world of dog sledding.