Information about sledding, hiking, weight pulling and other activities the arctic breeds enjoy.
Sledding, backpacking and weight pulling are sports that many dogs enjoy, particularly the arctic breeds that have a natural instinct to pull.
Dog sledding in Australia is mainly done on dirt tracks with dogs pulling scooters or wheeled rigs, however there are also a few snow sledding events in the alpine regions. For "dry-land sledding" on dirt tracks, teams of 1 or 2 dogs pull scooters, whereas larger teams pull 3 or 4-wheeled rigs. Distances can vary from 1 km to over 10 km for the larger classes.
To participate in sledding it is most important that your dog is old enough and has the correct equipment and training.
Backpacking is an enjoyable activity for both you and your dog. Hikes vary in length from a short distance suited to puppies (over 6 months) and less fit dogs, 16 km 1-day hikes for fit dogs over 18 months old, all the way up to a 65 km hike that takes place over three days. For the multi-day hike dogs and hikers are required to carry all equipment needed for self-sufficiency.
To qualify for the ANKC Working Pack Dog title dogs must carry the full 30 percent of its body-weight over a certain distance. Of course these hikes should never be attempted with dogs that are untrained, unfit or not in
Weight pulling is a competition of strength that many breeds of dog can enjoy as long as they are of a suitable size and age. Dogs pull a wheeled trolley with weights a distance of 16 feet.
General fitness must be maintained when weight-pulling as heavy loads can place unnecessary strain and lead to injury if you do not maintain sound physical condition of your dog. For this reason, dogs cannot participate in weight pulling until they are at least 18 months old.
For more information contact your State canine body or breed club.