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Dog Sleds

by Eric Hartwell

Having a dog pet may bring about a number of benefits, one of which is the opportunity to enjoy doing things together. Developing a stronger bond with your dog(s) is made possible with a number of activities such as a competition for dog sled racing. If this is your first time to think of joining one, then a good introduction of this sport is needed if you are to make a wise decision regarding such move.

Getting started

First and foremost, you must consider the breed of your dog and check if it is actually good to enter your fog in such an activity. The reason is that not all dogs are made to race and so this activity might not be suited for you if you have dog breeds such as toy poodles, Chihuahuas, and the like.

Dogs that are most suited for sled racing are those which weigh a minimum of 30 pounds, physically-fit dogs which are fully grown, and those that can work well with other dogs. Moreover, it is advisable to pick out dogs that are known to have lots of energy and likes physical activities. If you are entering them in a race, you might as well ensure that their breed loves to run because a couch potato dog won?t do. Examples of ideal sled dogs are Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies.

More to consider

The appropriateness of joining a dog sled race does not stop with having the right kind of dogs for the said competition. There are so many other things to consider, such as your own interest on the sport. Are you willing to follow a strict schedule of training the dogs and keeping them in tiptop shape for the sled race season? Remember, that you are entering the race just like your dogs so the discipline must definitely come from you, the leader of the pack.

In addition, a certain budget may be required to ensure that your dogs are to receive proper nutrition for the racing activity. Table scraps won?t do, if you want the dogs to survive the physical exertion their bodies must be able to keep up with it.

This activity requires a lot of your time especially if you are taking acre of your own dog(s). During the racing season it is important that your dogs get adequate water to replenish lost fluids from all that physical exertion. It is also important, that they don?t get too exposed to sunlight during the summer. These and a number of other pointers must be remembered by the dog owner rearing to enter a sled race.

If you think you can keep up with all these, then you are probably suited to join such a competition. Otherwise, you might want to think twice before expose yourself and your dog to the rigors of this sport. After all, there are so many other things that you and your dog can get into. You don?t have to force something on yourself and on your pet if it really is not compatible with your personalities and distinct lifestyle.

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