themushingmamablog

When sled-dogs stop.

I’ve said so many times, “the trick isn’t getting them to go – it’s getting them to stop!” Sled-dogs naturally LOVE to pull. It’s what they do. It’s who they are. When our dogs are lunging in their harnesses every time they’re about to run, it’s hard to imagine a time when they would actually just stop – mid trail. But, in the rare instances, it happens… and there’s absolutely nothing a musher can do about it. With a lot of factors to take into consideration, (weather, illness etc.) this was apparently the case for a few teams in the Iditarod this week. Here’s a link to a pretty insightful article that highlights the fact that it really is all up to the dogs.

http://www.adn.com/article/20160316/lesser-known-iditarod-tussles-and-sit-down-strikes-dogs