Mushing–Alaska Style: First Training Run of Summer

After a quick two month break we are back on the trails again. In these short 2 or 3 mile runs on the dirt roads we will be training the Deadwood pups (a whole litter named after the HBO series: Alma, Jewel, Ellsworth, Wu, Swidgeon, Joanie and Sophia) to run in lead. It was the first run with my son, Tyler up in Alaska and I appreciate the extra hand. He has a lot to learn the summer to become a musher.

Run went well. Tried Swidegon in lead for a bit and he wanted to pull over towards the water puddles and a man walking his dog. Work to do!

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  1. Interesting photos and video. I have always wondered about how mushers prepare their pups for the Iditarod.

  2. How cool is that? 🙂

    Interesting post — never think about the summer training schedule. Very fun…

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  4. Alaska is on my To-Do list, and I must give Mushing a try, it looks like so much fun! Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  5. i’m not a fan of cold, but for some reason mushing always appealed to me. seems fun and adventurous. would love to try it sometime!

  6. video image that is interesting, thank you share your story in your blog, I now can feel the beauty of living in Alaska

  7. Great post! I visited Alaska during the summer a few years ago and loved. Looking forward to returning during the Iditarod.

    Big congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  8. When I was a teenager I was a fan of Three Dog Night. I still am. In a different vein I can’t even imagine an eight or ten dog night. I have a friend that mushes. I am sure that you like he march to a different tune than me. That I respect in anyone. Nice post and pics and all the luck in the world to you in 2013

  9. I allways wanted to try this

  10. Looks amazing! That’s something I’d love to do one day. 🙂

  11. omg … I had this wonderful flashback when I saw the first picture. Ah … 30 some odd years ago I was stationed at Ft Greeley … Got out and stayed there for a few years. I had 22 dogs at one time and ran a team almost everyday – even if it was just to the grocery store! haha Thanks for the memories! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for reading and the comment! I used to take my dog team to the little mom and pop grocery store in Minnesota when I lived there. Too much snow to justify driving.


  12. Great information…loved the video. Looks like your training paid off. We love traveling to Alaska, our daughter lived for several years. We rented a motor home and toured at our leisure. Great pix too.

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment, read and watch my little video. Alaska is a great place. I have been here less than a year so I havent seen a lot of it yet.


  13. Nice dogs, I’ve been an owner myself but never knew how to train it to the basics like peeing at the right place. Do you have any tip for me?

    • In regards to training the dogs to relieve themselves on command while running in a team, I havent seen that happen. Usually we break every couple hours for a snack and a “good dog” and they do it then.

      Thanks for the comment.


  14. What a great post! I am going to follow your training it is really exciting.

  15. great post. Amazing dogs.I wonder how you trained them.

  16. Like the dogs’ enthusiasm!

  17. mmm, canine route march 🙂

  18. That looks so beautiful! Absolutely fantastic blog! I love dogs!

  19. Great post! What an exciting and unique life you share. Looking forward to following your journey and interests.

  20. Very interesting; what a great post!

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