Why Do Huskies Pull Dog Sleds?

Why Do Huskies Pull Dog Sleds?
Dog sledding involves taking a pack of ten to sixteen husky dogs and having them pull a sled composed of wood. Leather halters, ropes and reigns are used to direct and align the dogs. Huskies are typically chosen as sled dogs due to their strong physical capabilities, endurance and speed.

Transportation

Huskies pull dog sleds as a means of transportation to remote destinations blanketed by snow, ice and impassable arctic terrain. They may carry food, medical supplies and hardware to villages and towns in need.

Racing

Husky dog sled racing has been practiced unconventionally for hundreds of years but the first documented race was in 1908 in Alaska. The most popular of all sled races---the Iditarod, covers over 1100 miles of treacherous Alaskan terrain and is held annually in Anchorage, Alaska.

Training

Training a husky to pull a sled should be done by a trained musher. The musher uses voice techniques, harness pulls and a skijoring belt to guide and teach huskies proper technique and then rewards them with treats and meat.

Body Features

The body features of a husky---heavy pads, fur lined toes, strong thigh muscles and a prominent spine makes them prime candidates for pulling heavy dog sleds and withstanding weather elements.

Types

There are five types of husky found to be the most popular at pulling sleds---Alaskan Husky, Labrador Husky, Mackenzie River Husky, Sakhalin Husky and the Siberian Husky.

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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