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Sled Dog Sprint Racing - Treks Socials
Apr 06

Sled Dog Sprint Racing – Treks Socials

By Ronald McPhee | Sled Dogs

If you are already embarking on this adventure, we assume you do not want to just sit in the sled. You want to be “master of the wheel”! You want to feel the adrenaline when you loosen the brakes and take off! Trust us you want!

Sled dog sprint racing dogs is still one of the toughest competitions on the planet, in which endurance of both dogs and humans is tested. These professional racings are a test of endurance, and can stretch hundreds, even thousands of miles through some of the toughest terrain known to both man and dog. When trained for a long race, they run over 100 kilometers a day, every day, and sleep in the snow in the night.

Preparing for the ride

Preparing for the rideLet’s start from the beginning: dress accordingly. It is assumed that you are well dressed every day during the winter. You need warmly long veils, waterproof jackets or ski suits, caps, gloves, thick socks, warm deep boots. When you sit on a sled (as you must sometimes let the partner drive) the wind pulls into your bones. So listen to your instructors. They really know what they’re saying.

Contrary to the belief that this is about torture and exploitation of animals, the participants are actually lovers of dogs and have devoted their whole lives to them. Getting to know those dogs before driving is important for your relationship with them.

The race

Usually five to six dogs, in races and over 10, are tied in the sleds. They run at a speed of 10 to 15 miles per hour and when they compete up to 20 miles per hour. The training is short: you stand on the sled, and you have two types of brakes, one that slows down and the other that stops the sled. Never, absolutely never let go of grip. Keep your balance; keep the distance between the sleds. And that’s basically that.

The raceIf it happens that the driver is falling off the sleds and they continue to run without a convoy, the person sitting in the sleds must try to stiffen and stop the pack, either with his legs or carefully turning to the rear of the brake. Of course this is a rare scenario.

Will it be on the Olympics?

However, despite the popularity of this sport, there is a little hope that it will be recognized as an Olympic discipline. But this sport gets popular with every competition, and attracts attention in unusual places. This would have to be a shorter sprint race in order to attract spectators.

That’s why this sport had only one appearance at the Olympics. It was presented at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York in 1932, when seven competitors from two countries took part in two races of 25 miles. In this race, Canada won the United States. But the sport failed to get enough popularity, and still, almost 100 years later, is seeking Olympic fame.

Understanding Water Balance and Strategies for Hydration in Sled Dogs
Mar 25

Understanding Water Balance and Strategies for Hydration in Sled Dogs

By Ronald McPhee | Sled Dogs

The daily loss of water in the dog must always be balanced with his daily intake of water, all in order to prevent dehydration. That’s why it must be understood how the water is lost and brought into the dog’s body. Each dog can increase its total water through burning energy for muscle energy, through nutrition and through drinking water intake.

How do dogs get their water?

How-do-dogs-get-their-waterWith a dog that eats meat or dry dog foods soaked with water, 70 percent of what he eats is just water. They take the rest of the necessary liquids through drinking water or eating the snow. Likewise, a small amount of fluid comes from carbohydrates, proteins, and fats that convert to muscle energy. This way of creating water in the body can contribute to the creation of as much as 10 percent of the total water that the dog must receive every day. Sled dogs mostly get their water through just creating muscle energy. Mostly the amount of fluid they receive is balanced with the lost amount.

The loss of water in a dogs body

The dog loses fluid through sweat, breath, saliva, feces, and urine, but the dogs do not lose much water through sweating, because the only place where they sweat is the lower part of their paws. How these factors affect a dog depends on the diet, workload of the dog, environment, and also the health of the dog itself.

The dog living in the house is in the place controlled by air conditioning and other means, and he loses about a thousand milliliters through the urine, about a hundred milliliters through feces and about 300 milliliters through saliva and water vapor during breathing. But if we put that dog on the open and make him a sprint racing dog, he starts to lose 1,000 milliliters of the liquid through the urine and a hundred and fifty milliliters through the feces. Also, depending on the outdoor temperature, if it is below 0 degrees, this dog will lose as much as 300 milliliters of water through breathing during an hour’s running and about 800 millimeters during its rest in the other 23 hours.

How much water does sled dog need?

If this dog becomes a sled dog and starts to run long distances, its water loss is increased to 2250 milliliter per day through the urine and about two hundred and fifty milliliters per day through the feces.

The dog from our example, if he is active for twelve hours and uses about 40 percent of the maximum load, then rests for another twelve hours at a temperature below twenty degrees or less, he will start to lose about two thousand to two thousand and five hundred milliliters of water while active and about 400 milliliters of water at rest. So, in relation to a pet dog we keep in our home, a sprinting dog loses about two times more water, and the sled dog that runs long distances loses about 4 times more.