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How a Dog Sled Works

Before the invention of snowmobiles, dog sleds were the most important mode of transportation in snowy areas. And today, dog sledding is sports but not a necessity.

5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you how a dog sled works.

A dog sled is a sled pulled by one or more dogs. In ancient times, people that lived in snowy areas used them a lot. Dogs have been used for hunting and traveling since the 10th century BCE.

Dog sled racing was a demonstration event at the Winter Olympics in 1932. This sport is still popular in different countries around the world.

The popular breeds in the northern areas are used in racing are Eskimo dogs, Siberian huskies, Samoyeds, and Alaskan malamutes. Even Alaskan Huskies, which are a mixed breed, are also used in racing.

How a dog sled works

Lead dogs run in the front and help keep things in order. They follow the musher’s commands and make sure everyone goes in the right direction. They should be able to make their own decisions because the musher’s commands may be dangerous: he or she might not notice thin ice or another obstacle.

Swing dogs are right behind the lead dogs. They should follow the lead dogs, otherwise everyone behind them will lose direction. These are experienced dogs that know the musher well and know the track as well as the lead.

Team dogs have a very important role. They make up the strong middle that the entire sled relies on.

Wheel dogs are right in front of the sled. They should be calm and strong. Such dogs get tired more than others, especially if the sled is heavy and the run distance is long, or the track is complicated.

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