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         Welcome To Sledding

           An Introduction To Sled Dog Racing


NSW Siberian Express will be holding our first welcome to sledding day on Saturday the 22nd of April 2017. At Wingello State forest at 1pm.


                                                         What is a welcome to sledding day about ?

Our welcome to sledding open day is for anyone who would like to learn about sledding.


                                                      What do I need to bring on the day?

All you need to bring is your dog & a bike helmet our sledding committee will lend you their equipment. There is no water in the forest, you need to bring water with you. If you want to camp you'll need your own camping equipment.

The topics discussed on the day!


Commands for sledding

The committee will discuss the commands used to direct your dog around the track, below are the basic commands for beginners

To turn right you give the command "GEE" , to turn Left you give the command "HAW"

To get the team going faster "HIKE"

To slow down "EASY "

To get your team to stand firm with the gangline tight " LINE OUT"

To keep your team moving away from a distraction " On BY "


Equipment needed for sledding

Scooter for the 1 & 2 dog classes: Rig for 3, 4,6 & 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

A pair of side cutters in case of emergency

A head lamp for night races

Safety glasses

Booties: Booties are used to protect your dogs feet if necessary

Strong collar/ limited slip collar, check chain collars & 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.

A red marker on the left hand side of the track indicates a left hand turn, a red marker on the right hand side of the track indicated a right hand turn.

After each turn a blue marker is used as a confidence maker for the musher to proceed straight ahead/correct trail.

A yellow maker is a caution marker, yellow markers are used to inform mushers to slow and proceed with caution


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



Dogs can over heat & quite quickly even in the cooler months.

Races shall not be run if the temperature exceeds 15 degrees Celsius

Learn to look for signs of your dog over heating, 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


How to cool your dog down, Begin cooling your dog down by soaking his body with cool water –cool, but not cold. Use a hose, 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





After our welcome to sledding concludes we'll be hosting a fund raiser for the guide dog association of NSW/ACT.  Details coming soon 

A sausage sizzle will be provided by the committee we'll also have some amazing raffle prizes on offer.