How to Take Care of a Sled Dog
Before you get a sled dog, you need to learn about its unique characteristics. While sled dogs are not limited to a single breed, they must have the ability to work together without causing conflict. If your dog barks and growls when you approach, you may have to stand in front of him until he understands. Sled dogs do not need thick coats because they only pull the sled for short distances.
During early winter training runs, puppies can observe the adult dogs harnessed and loose. They can observe the different types of winter conditions, including cold, wet, and dry conditions. They can learn how to obey basic obedience cues and are generally good at harness training. In addition, you should begin by starting training in a low-distraction area and lure food to your dog using a garbage can placed in front of it.
While sled dogs can tolerate low temperatures, they need adequate space to run and play. During the winter months, tether your dog outside or use a kennel for them. Make sure the kennel is large enough to accommodate all of the dogs. Make sure to provide enough space for them to play together and to rest in privacy. When selecting a kennel, keep in mind that each dog needs approximately 35 square feet of space, so it’s imperative to choose a kennel that can accommodate the entire pack.
Unlike many other breeds, sled dogs prefer to live outdoors. It is best to set up a dog house for each dog and provide a separate area for each of them. Never leave your dogs running unsupervised. They may get into trouble without your knowledge. If you don’t want to spend the extra time cleaning up after your dog, you can buy a dog house. When the weather turns nasty, bring them indoors for the night.