Mushing–Alaska Style: Raegans first team run

June 14, 2011

Alaska, Robert Forto

Raegan–Gray and white female on the left

When we got Raegan from a good freind of our’s, April Wood, in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California last summer we were hoping that she would fit right in to a team and become a sled dog. Last winter we tested her out with a couple dogs on a short, mile or so, run on the trails and she balked a bit at being in harness.

Today was the day to see if she could run with the big boys!

We hooked up Ragean with a 10 dog team, next to a big Alaskan Husky male, Scoter, hoping he would teach her the ropes. As we placed her in the team she didnt quite understand all the commotion, especially a harness banging stark white female, Drifter but as soon as we took off Raegan leaned into her harness and pulled the whole way!

It was only a short 3 mile run but this early in the season it is all about leader training and making the runs fun for all the dogs. It was a beautiful Alaska morning with a bit of mist in the air and a great day to be in the mushing capital of the world.

I think Raegan has what it takes to be a sled dog. I am so proud of her!

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About robertforto

Robert Forto is the owner of Dog Works Training Company in Alaska, a canine behaviorist, mushin' down a dream, sports nut and radio show host. Robert writes a lot about his observations in Alaska, pop culture, music, and of course dogs!

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