Welcome To Sledding- 

An Introduction To Sled Dog Racing

NSW Siberian Express holds a Welcome to Sledding Introduction Day:

Siberian Express Introduction Day 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 Restrictions.

Events will not be held in 2020 until government restrictions have lifted and it is safe to do so.

 What is a Welcome to Sledding Day about ?

 Our Welcome to Sledding Introduction Day is for anyone who would like to learn about the sledding sport. The club's committee goes over use of equipment, trail commands and etiquette.


 What do I need to bring on the day?

All you need to bring is your dog, a bike helmet, sensible shoes and water (as there is none on site), our sledding committee will lend you their equipment on the day. 

If you want to camp you'll need your own camping equipment.

Topics discussed on the day!

Commands for sledding:

The committee will discuss the commands used to direct your dog around the track.

GEE: This is the universal command to turn RIGHT  or you can say "RIGHT" (this is a preference).

HAW: This is the universal command to turn LEFT or you can say "LEFT" (this is a preference).

HIKE/MUSH/LET'S Go" To get the team started or to go faster use which every call gets your dog excited to run.

EASY: To slow down 

LINE OUT: To get your team to stand firm with the Gangline tight

On-By: To keep your team moving away from a distraction.

Equipment needed for sledding:

Scooter for the 1 and  2 dog classes: 

Rig for 3, 4,6 and 8 dog classes.

Harness for your dog/s

Gangline: The gangline attaches from the scooter/rig your dogs harness

Neck line: for running 2 dogs (attaches to the dogs collar)

A pair of side cutters (in case of emergency)

Bike lights and head light for night time races.

Safety glasses

Booties: Booties are used to protect your dogs feet (if necessary, usually used on snow)

Strong collar/ limited slip collar

Check chain collars are used as a training method only and you must be shown how to use correctly

* PLEASE NOTE: Collars with a buckle fastener aren't suitable for sledding

Stake out line: A stake out line is a great way to secure your dogs when you need to have them outside at sledding events.


Markers are used on the track, to guide the musher around the forest.

Red: Usually a round shape turn on the side you see the sigh-Red round sign on the right-hand corner turn right, if it is on the left-hand corner turn Left.


Blue: Usually a rectangular shape-this is a confidence marker meaning you are heading in the right direction.




Yellow:  Usually a triangular shape is a CAUTION marker, this will be placed any placed deemed to take extra care. E.g. Rocky Hill which may cause damage to the dog’s feet.


Our experienced committee will teach you how to train your dog to run safely in the Australian climate.


Dogs can over heat and quite quickly even in

the cooler months.

(Some breeds are more susceptible than



Races shall not be run if the temperature

exceeds 15 degrees Celsius.

Learn to look for signs of your dog


  • Heavy Panting or rapid breathing

  •  Excessive

  • Thirst

  • Bright or dark red tongue, gums

  • Excessive drooling

  • Weakness, collapse

  • Increased pulse and heartbeat

  • Staggering/stumbling 

  • Glazed eyes.

Advice on how to cool your dog down: 

If you suspect your dog is overheating, begin cooling your dog down by soaking his body with cool water –cool, but not cold. Use what is at your disposal: wet towels or any other source of cool water that is available.

Take his temperature if possible.

Concentrate the cooling water on his head, neck and in the areas underneath the front and back legs.

Our Introduction Day/ Welcome to Sledding puts on a FREE sausage sizzle and raffle make sure you bring spare change for tickets.


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