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Master of Dog Sledding: Learn the Lingo

May 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 154

Communicating with your canines can make all the difference to your positive and pleasurable experience of dog sledding. Skilled sportsmen have a whole range of sounds and words that these wily animals can be trained to obey. They're not hard to learn and you might want to practice with them before you get your hands on that sled.

Hike!

This is the first command you'll need to get the dogs moving. In dog sledding, mushers usually have little trouble in motivating the hounds to move, but they do have a harder time making them stop.

Whoa!

When you feel that things are getting a little out of hand you'll want to know how to put the brakes on these powerful animals. 'Whoa' is the command for halt. Trainers take a long time and many rewards to get dogs to work as a team and to overcome their instinct to keep galloping.

Kissing Sound...

If, however, you need to catch and overtake that rival sled in front, then all you need to do is pucker your lips and make a kissing sound. Your dog sledding team will speed up at this cue, enabling you to experience the intense thrill of all that power and energy generated by these dogs.

Gee! Haw!

Of course you won't want to travel in a straight line the whole time. Shout 'Gee' when you see the tracks and signs on the left that you want to follow to catch a sight of the exclusive wildlife in the forest regions where moose, elk and wolves stake their territory. Or call out 'Haw' to turn right onto a path that crosses through a mountainous and icy terrain.

Easy!

If you are dog sledding more for the sights than for the thrill, you might prefer a more relaxed pace. 'Easy' will achieve a gentle response from the dogs, and you will have time to admire snow-covered back country and revel in the silence of the landscape, broken only by the panting of the dogs and the swish of the sled runners.

On by!

Dogs will be dogs, and huskies are no exception. You will find the command 'On by' useful when you want them to maintain their focus and ignore distractions or to overtake a competing sled in a race of exhilarating energy.

So, the lingo isn't complicated but you'll be ahead of the race if you take the time to familiarize yourself with a few of these simple words of command before you undertake the trip or hobby of a lifetime and go dog sledding!

Philippa Westwood is Marketing Manager at Windows on the Wild, a specialist of wildlife watching tours and dog sledding holidays. Destinations include Canada, Lapland and Sweden where dog sledding holidays can take you on adventurous experiences across the world.

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