this is a little red Ferrari my 4 year old female and her two puppies crash and burn yep crash is the black and blue burn is the flaming red now these two puppies are nine months old and we've pretty much left them be didn't do much training on them so that now we can use them to show you how to take a brand new dog and make her or him into a sled dog wish us luck here's a very typical first-time run down the trail with a Siberian Husky puppy yep that's a posh typical as can be the puppies out there to play with the handler but the handler has to realize we are here to accomplish something important in training a Siberian Husky puppy to pull a sled you want to get to the point where the dog will be out in front and pulling the handler now as much as the dog is still trying to get the handler to play if you just stick to business and run down the trail the dog catches on that's more like it now you can see we've accomplished what we came for the dog is out front they're enjoying running down the trail together and the dog is pulling the handler now we're ready for the next step in the process for harnessing your puppy the harness goes on your puppy the same as any other dog but the trick is in getting your puppy to be calm and in a workable position while you're doing it so whether you play with her a run with her a little bit first that's fine take out some of the energy but then as our handler did have her sitting by your knees pat on her a little bit then put the harness on and continue if you pat on her a little as you go through the process it works pretty good now we're going to combine running down the trail with the harness and have our handler run the dog with her harness on down the trail and back just to make sure she retained the idea of running out in front which we see she's doing very well and to make sure that having a harness on there makes no difference to her it looks pretty good now that our puppy knows how to run down the trail in front of our handler and she's used to wearing a harness we're going to attach two lines one to her collar in order to direct her and runner like before and then second one that's attached to her harness what we're trying to accomplish here is that eventually the handler will put all of the tugging pressure on the harness and the dog will continue running in front of her pulling on the harness so as you see as they turn and come back the line going to her collar is now loose and the dog is pulling entirely through her harness onto the tug line and that's exactly what you need for pulling the sled so we're happy to see she's passed the next step in her progress now it's time to pull the sled so we'll combine several things that are already familiar to the dog like running with the handler who has a leash on her collar and pulling that tug only this time the tug is attached to a sled with a driver on it on this trail that goes slightly downhill she is doing a great job the reason we include a driver on the sled is so that when the dog stops the sled doesn't come sliding into her from behind as the handler turns her around and leads her back up this trail you'll notice that the driver has to do a little more running and a little more pedaling to get up this slight incline and the dog notices that she hears something she's wondering what is all that stuff going on behind her but the handler keeps running straight ahead that is until the driver says wool and we stop but the handler says yeah that's okay we do that pretty often but let's go down the trail again look got to stop for some puppy antics first almost tripped up the handler hopped in a deep snow and now she's a little tangled in the line so well had on her we'll make sure she stays calm we will very easily go over and untangle her but we won't let her get the idea that okay this is how you stop and go play nope we're here to go down the trail so back at it and again she picks up very nicely on it she pulls the sled down the trail doing a good job now the end part of the process we want to get to is that the handler can eventually let go of the leash and the dog will just keep going straight ahead and pulling that sled so as we come back we're going to try to get to the point where the handler can let go of the leash and the dog will keep pulling the sled so there you see the handler let go of the leash and the dog is still pulling now the driver is running with the sled there's not a whole lot of pull there but the dog is doing a good job and is ready for the next step of her progress for this step of the process we simply took off the leash from her collar and put the dog handler in the back of a vehicle with a little bit of encouragement there we go we're running down the trail and we've got ourselves a sled dog the only other step we'd have for training a single dog to pull the sled would be to go out without the vehicle without a handler upfront and as long as the dog keeps running in front of the sled and pulling it we have ourselves a sled dog our brand new sled dog seems to make this transition very easily also so in less than one hour we have taken a new dog gotten her to run in front and lead to pull on her harness then to take on a sled with a driver to be a one dog team and now even to be a two dog team well that's enough for today but we certainly hope that tomorrow we can come out and then we can add her sister that way little red Ferrari and her two daughters crash and burn can make us a wonderful three dog team

Training New Sled Dog

30 thoughts on “Training New Sled Dog

  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Okay. I am seeing that training ONE dog first when you have two makes sense, the first dog ummm sort of passes on a bit of experience or at least keeps the newbie dog focused? We've got two big babies! They look like chocolate labs except for their tail which is curved and out of the way of the lines…I thought that was cool. Blue Heeler/lab mix. They are two years old. One is alpha of course and one is beta of course. I've been training the beta (Jack) the biggest and strongest of the two. (Zip) smaller yet the alpha between the two is brilliant but I've not been training him. Who should I start with? The beta that understands the lingo or the alpha who is brilliant but doesn't understand Hee and Haw? I am so very very happy to find your videos, I am not kidding!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Hi I got a ddr gsd mix amd I want to teach him to pull a sled but he is scared of the sled what can I do he will move his body to keep an eye on it and avoid being close to it

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    How do they stop or turn to the left or right?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Thank you! It’s been surprisingly hard f8nding a sled dog training vid that’s actually informative and in layman’s terms

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    any suggestions for mature dogs?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    My dog freaks the fuck out before we even move THEN WHAT??? you can't even attempt this. (ive done it without the "sled") and he's a husky. He's not a pure puppy but he's barely a year old. and ive been working with him since 8mo (when i got him)

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Which harness and tug line do you use? Looking to purchase. thanks!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    wow really helpful, I'm going to start training my two huskies Luna and Mika!! So excited thank you for the help!!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    great vid thank you. I have a GSD/husky mix and a pure Husky. The husky is the laziest one in the world I bet. The GSD mix will heel off leash past 100 people and traffic also when I am on my bike. She can pull me scarily fast but I do that from heel as well. I used her yesterday to pull small loads of bricks to the back of my property which go me thinking about this. Shouldn't be too big of a leap but I have definitely gone very far in the other direction. I think the difference between e-collar/prong collar and a harness will help her know what task we are doing.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    this is awesome! im teaching my hounds how to pull a sled and this was so helpful!!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I have a purebred gold retriever can I do this

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I'm quite excited to get a kick sled for this year's winter season. I'm looking forward to introducing a new activity to the dogs that I board here at my property. Thank you for the video!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Ferrari!!! I wanted a puppy from her, but the actual owner told me she had her last litter. I have been tracking her origins and suddenly, when I wasnΒ΄t looking for her, found your video. Could you tell me more about her line?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    That was a really great video! Thanks for uploading it! We've got a Husky, and it's made SO much sense now why she's constantly pulling on the lead! Might have to try this.

    As we don't get snow here, would you think we could use a similar set up with a wheeled trailer?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I trained my dog to bikejor. I watched your video and it helped my training, thankyou

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    would pitbulls be okay to do this with? I have four and I'd want to do some activities with them

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    err: sled dog are lovely dog

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Thanks for the video. Been wanting to learn for some good old cascade sledding

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I live in town and can't really leave my dog to not have any training for 9 months nor can I allow him to run ahead of me all the time. I need him to be able to walk calmly by my side with one leash and know the difference between leash and harness. Have you had any experience with this? I ride horses in 3 different styles and I drive and he knows the bits and what means what when I get on him, I would assume a dog knows the same but don't want to mess up training by then teaching him something else.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I want to train my dog, Pippa (not a husky, but idk what breed she is) And she is 1 years old. She is a Β medium sized pup, and is incredibly fast. Whenever she is excited, she runs in a circle across the yard, like lightning. She could be 1st lead. I have a harness, leash, and maybe i could build something like a sled. Its Summer here in Denver, but whens its Winter, it's time for a sled race with my BFF when I go to Delaware.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I am teaching my dog to skateboard pull πŸ™‚

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    how do you teach your dogs the commands for left,right stop,etc. I have my dog pull me on my skateboard and wanted to teach him these.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    Nice harness! I just use a Horse halter, it works perfectly. And plus I'm cheap

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I would only say… try it.Β  Your dog may get sore in the hips, your dog may not pull having already been trained not to pull, your dog may love it.Β  You can train dogs to pull the harness but not pull on their collar/leash.Β  Your dog is plenty big to pull a sled and you as the driver can assist as much or as little as needed.Β  As far as Sled or bikejoringΒ Β  etc., thatΒ  depends on you and your weather.
    Β Β Β  I'd just say that if you are interested in sledding with this dog, there's nothing stopping you at this point.Β  Only after you get going with it will you be able to know for sure if your dog likes it, is physically sound enough for it and whether you go for it.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 6:39 pm
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    I have a Black Lab/Great Pyrenees mix who I've been considering doing something like this with, do you recommend it?He's turning 3 in March and tbh, we really don't do much of anything with him, which I feel bad about because he's very intelligent, so I've been considering doing this or some sort of nosework/SAR type thing but not actual SAR (he loves using his nose). But anyways, without going into too much detail about the other sports, one of the things I was considering was actually joring, either with a bike or skis. I actually hadn't considered using an actual sled but I think I like that idea too. Do you think this would be something good to do with him and if so, which one do you think would be better, joring or getting an actual sled? He's also pretty lazy but he can have a lot of energy when he wants to and he loves getting out and doing things, another reason I feel bad. He's about 130 pounds. Although, he also has sort of bad hips and had what we suspect was a ligament injury or sprain over the summer.. is that an issue? The injury seems to have cleared up 100% as of last month but he didn't fully recover at first so he would get better then get worse but again, seems to be fine and fully recovered now, though we have yet to go back to the vet. As for the hips, he was x-ray'd and didn't see anything (hence why it was suspected to be ligament) but he did say that one hip is a little loose and that it's genetic. That's what I meant by "bad hips" though and is what I am worried about. Also, another thing is that he's finally learning how to heel the last few months, would allowing him to pull confuse him or make him pull on walks? Or do dogs know the difference? I do bring a longer leash with us for when we go "off road" (cranberry bogs, pond, etc.) and he roams ahead but I still don't allow him to pull. I'm worried this will affect that. But he's smart so I'm sure he'll figure it out?

    I'm sorry this got so long and if it made no sense but it's pretty late here and I'm just really curious about this. Sorry I didn't space it out either but yeah.

    Thanks in advance for any help or insight you might be able to give and great video πŸ™‚

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