Welcome To Sledding-
An Introduction To
Sled Dog Racing
NSW Siberian Express holds a welcome to sledding introduction day: 2020 date is-
May 9-10th. Location- NSW Wingello State Forest.
What is a welcome to sledding day about ?
Our welcome to sledding open day is for anyone who would like to learn about sledding, 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.
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, below are the basic commands for beginners
To turn right, the universal command calls "GEE" or you can use "RIGHT"
To turn left, the universal command calls "HAW" or you can use "LEFT"
To get the team started or to go faster the universal command calls "HIKE" you can also use "MUSH" "LET' GO" or what every gets your dog excited to run.
To slow down the command calls "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 " or what ever you use to train your dog to leave something alone.
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
A pair of side cutters (in case of emergency)
Bike lights, head light for night time races.
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.
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 and quite quickly even in
the cooler months (Some breeds are more
susceptible than others).
Races shall not be run if the temperature
exceeds 15 degrees Celsius.
Learn to look for signs of your dog overheating:
heavy panting or rapid breathing, excessive
bright or dark red tongue, gums, excessive
drooling ,weakness, collapse, increased pulse
and heartbeat, staggering, stumbling and or
Advice on 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.
Our Introduction Day/ Welcome to Sledding puts on a FREE sausage sizzle and raffle make sure you bring spare change for tickets.