27 thoughts on “The Truth Behind Dog Sledding

  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    LOS ESQUIMALES SABIAN COMO CUIDARLOS Y USARLOS PARA RECORRER E IR A PESCAR EN EL HIELO LOS ESQUIMALES SON SABIOS Y COMPASIVOS CON PERROS DE TRINEO , EN CAMBIO EL HOMBRE BLANCO HOY SE HACE EL EXCENTRICO USANDOLOS PARA DIVERSION Y SNOBISMO ! IGNORANTES CANADIENSES O DE DONDE MIERDA SEAN USTEDES ! NO MAS ESCLAVITUD ANIMAL SUS CORAZONCITOS ESPLOTAN Y CANSADOS Y SIN BUENA ALIMENTACION !! DEJEN EN PAZ A LOS ANIMALES ! GANENSE SUS DOLARES LABURANDO USTEDES NO LOS PERROS ! REPUDIO

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    LIBERTAD ANIMAL STOP DE ESCLAVITUD MALDITOS GORDOS !

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    To all the people making comments about how these dogs are "abused" or being "mistreated". I own two adult huskies, one male, one female. The female is 55 pounds and the male is 65 pounds- he may be a small percent wolf. Both are pure white, the sweetest most gentlest dogs you could be around- until you get them on a leash and harness. Then its all out the window. Many people watch these videos and make quick judgement, but don't understand the power of these animals. I'm an average adult male- 6', 175 lbs on a good day, just one of these dogs will pull on that leash for hours, and especially in the snow I have to fight to keep from being pulled forward – thats just ONE dog. I don't ever walk both dogs by myself single-handedly. I have on occasion been forced to walk both of them on the leash and let me tell you- its freaking scary how strong just two of these dogs are. I've trained them pretty well, but even still if they get a millisecond inkling that were about to walk or go for a run all bets are off. Just two of these dogs could drag and pull me with some effort- in fact many people do whats referred to as "skiijoring" aka skis + 2-3 sled dogs. NOW, I want you to imagine the power of 8-15 of these dogs. That sled and one guy weighs jack to them

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    What your video described is a single experience with an abusive dog owner who happens to mush dogs.
    This dude clearly sucks and should not work with animals, but one bad owner doesn't mean that this is a truth behind dog mushing. This is a truth behind an abuser.
    Find a different musher.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I used to race many years. I wanted to compete with my team of purebreed Siberian Huskies in long-distance, hard races like La Grande Odyssee. I raced in Poland, Slovakia and Czech Republic. Usually mid and long distance races. After 2-3 seasons of racing I was really disappointed of what I've seen. Many mushers treat dogs just like spare parts of a machine. The "lifetime" of a dog is about 3-4 years, after that time many mushers sells them and replace by younger dogs. Zero empaty. I am pretty sure that many dogs recieve some chemical speciments to boost their strenght and endurance. The way that some mushers treat the dogs on the trail is also bad. That was the reason for which I retired from this "circus". Of course there are many many good mushers – the majority really take care of the dogs and know that only a happy dog will work hard on the trail 🙂

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    it's no surprise that you tube limits search results on this topic

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Powerful, thank you for their sake,

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    this is so heartbreaking… 💔💔💔

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    That man should have been jailed without mercy.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    The people who treat these dogs in such a criminal ways desearve to be locked up for a very long time. This is cruelty. If you cant handle the dogs get help, dont get more and chain them up.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Not all mushes abuse their dogs. I own a huge kennel. My dogs are not tied up they get a kennel. They are run daily.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I have eleven sled dogs (they're lab/husky/german shorthair pointer mixes AKA: Alaskan Huskies) and their absolute FAVORITE thing is to go running (ie. get hooked up to the sled and go for a run)! When we get out the harnesses and the sled they start jumping up and down and barking like crazy because they're so excited. There's not a single time that I've seen them happier than when we're going running!

    However, we do keep them hooked up and they do live outside. Our reason for this is because we don't want fur in the house and, truthfully, eleven dogs inside would be chaotic. The reason we keep them tied up is because they don't get along and might fight with each other (we are aiming to change that: soon we will separate them in groups of three or four with dogs they get along with–we just have to get the fences up and we're a go!).

    We go out there every evening and take care of them, picking up poop, giving them fresh water, food, and letting them off so they can run and play. We stay out there with them off for at least an hour, sometimes more, but in winter months, instead of letting them off, we go running.

    During the summer they have a big pool and we throw toys into the pool for them to retrieve (that's the lab in them!). We set up tarps in the summer for shade, spray them with fly spray (bc the flies are really bad where we live), and they get fresh water two times a day (bc it's really hot outside with the humidity).

    In the winter we make sure they are warm. For the most part they grow heavy thick coats that keep them perfectly warm, but here in Iowa the winters can get below negative (the worst last winter was something like negative 20 degrees), we also will put straw or wood shaving (bc they're insulators) inside their dog houses so they can get in and stay toasty.

    Our dogs are really well cared for, but it is true that some owners abuse their sled dogs. This is just one example of a happy pack of doggos who love to run!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Part way in I'm having huge reservations about the honesty and knowledge of the woman in this video.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Sled dogs are working dogs. These dogs are treated differently from what your sheltered ass might expect. You encountered one bad owner out of how many? Sounds like your making assumptions based on one certain experience you had.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Not true.
    Maybe your sled dog person was like that.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    💜🐾💜🐾💜

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    they've run thousands of miles and you still think that they need exercise? How stupid

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    you are such a bloody idiot. What did you think that they would have a big house that they would all run around together and play with all day long? It's Alaska stupid. They have to be maintained. They live outside. Last but not least everyone's not like that guy how can you put a blanket indictment over all mushers because of one guy that you saw that is so stupid.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    There are too many dogs in that video for the dogs to get exercised properly. I simply don't believe that all of the dogs are well cared. I am not against the sport, but when I see 200 dogs chained up, I am certain there is some abuse. Mushers don't make a living from the sport so selling mushing to tourists a way to make money. I do not think this is the norm, but I believe this video is true in some cases.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Why are there so many dogs? Abuse starts with too many dogs, from there it is a matter of how the community wants to police itself.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    This video is weird. It's like someone picking a bad apple then making a video called "the truth about apples" and pretending the bad one is what they are all like. Competitive sports can bring out the worst in a lot of people. Try just sledding for the fun of it instead of making the dogs race, you may all prefer it and you'll find people who are in it for the dogs rather than winning a race.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    look at Eden Ethical dog sledding and u well fined out how well dog sledding can be

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    I have a team of 5 dogs. They absolutely love racing and every time they see their harnesses and the sled, they jump up and down. I have acres of land and a large area where the dogs can play and use the bathroom. All five sleep in my home and I never force them to over do it. I’m looking to add 5 more to the team and am thinking about building a structure for all ten.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    well the fact he was beating the dog and all she has to do is talk about it and say she thought he was killing it like fuck do something thats called animal abuse thats the reason you do something about it and stop it let the dogs loose hit the guy a few good times like not too hard the dogs will do alot better alone in the wild and have a much faster and less painful death if these sick humans are just removed simply put

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    People from all walks of life abuse dogs. You happened to encounter a musher who abuses his dogs; one musher's actions are not indicative of the entire mushing culture. It's a biased and illogical assumption to make.

    And let's clear the air on some other tangential topics:
    1) Not everyone keeps their dogs inside. A lot of people who breed and use their dogs for working applications keep their dogs at outside kennels for a variety of logistical reasons. As long as the dogs have good shelter from the elements and daily access to food and water, there is nothing wrong with this approach. The sled dogs are especially well-suited to the cold weather, and can manage living outside just fine with the appropriate shelter.
    2) Sled dogs are purpose bred for one thing: pulling sleds. They love their work just as much as a police dog loves to patrol and a hunting dog loves to track. These sled dogs are not the same as the pet versions of these breeds (husky, malamute) that you see at your local rescue or pet store. These are working dogs; removing them from their work is akin to telling a horse that it can't run or a wolf that it can't hunt.
    3) The spitz-type sled dogs, especially husky and malamute breeds, are more inclined towards dog aggression due to their breeding and heritage. A lot of these dogs were historically used for hunting; as well there is some amount of rank drive inherent to their sled work. The "chained-up" method is a practical necessity for this reason; as well, many of these dogs are inclined to wander off and explore if allowed off leash. These dogs get more than enough exercise during their sled runs. A "chain-up" method is certainly preferable to containing dogs in individual fenced enclosures; fences/barriers tend to promote anxiety and tension in the dogs (referred to as barrier frustration by dog experts).

    I don't condone dog abuse, but I also think there is huge difference in how people view and handle their dogs. Some people view and treat their dogs as human children. Others have a more practical and utilitarian relationship with their dogs. As long as the dogs receive the proper care and attention, there is nothing wrong with the latter approach. I encourage the person in this video to really take the time to learn about sled dogs and the culture before judging it so harshly. One bad experience should not form your views of the overall culture…that's a narrow-minded way of thinking.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Yes this may be true, but I know of many good kennels that treat there dogs very well and it’s clean and safe.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Ms. Stephens, I am sorry that a bad musher has ruined the beautiful sport of dog sledding for you. Most of the scenes of the dog yards are unheard of to me, as most of the mushers in my area do keep their dogs outside, but they only have up to 20 dogs. For some people keeping the dogs in the house is just not an option. I have 3 dogs. They live in the house with me and my fiance and they are loved unconditionally, as they are children to us. They love running. Any time I ask them if they want to run they get excited and start whining, with tails wagging. The mushers I know and look up to all give their dogs names, multiple meals a day, undivided attention, and veterinary care and can tell you multiple stories of each dog. In places like Canada and Alaska, sled dogs are a large part of tourism. Yes, there are bad ones out there but don't let the bad ones drag the good mushers through the snow.

    If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I can show you the good side of dog sledding.

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