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Another term for dog sledding is “mushing”, as dog sledding is not always done on snow. It can be done on dry land with carting, sled dog racing, scootering, bikejoring, canicross, pulka, freighting, weight pulling, and other activities.  It involves the participation of one dog or multiple dogs to pull a sled, cart, or other contraption either on snow or dry land.

There person who travels by dog sled is called musher. Their job is to select the dogs to make the dog teams. Each dog performs a different job while being tied together by a long ganglion running between them.

Dog sled teams can travel at speeds up to (32km/h) 20 mph on snow. There are two common breeds of sled dogs, Siberian and Alaskan Huskies. Generations of breeding have produced animals that love to run, not only the ones mentioned before. The main characteristics that make a sled dog is their need to go and being able to work in teams.

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    Lead dogs
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    First position Considered the most important member of the pack Execute a mushers commands Set the team’s pace Ensure everyone is going in the right direction Independent, can think by itself.
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    Swing dogs
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    Second position Help lead dogs to turn the pack
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    Team dogs
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    Third position Provide momentum and speed, and the muscle. They keep on pulling until it is time to stop
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    Wheel dog
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    Fourth position (next to the sled). Bring up the rear. Usually the largest dogs on the team.