A ‘musher’ is the driver of a dog sled. With the unavailability of snow (?) here in Queensland, in our dryland version of the sport
Sled Dog Racing Queensland Inc. (SDRQ) is a social and competitive racing club formed in 2014 by a group of experienced recreational and competitive mushers wanting to create a family friendly and fun training and racing atmosphere. Looking to grow the exposure of the Sled Dog Sport in Queensland the club Introduced the disciplines of Canicross and Bikejor to the more tradition forms of Dryland Mushing (Scooter and Cart), aiming to expand the sport of sled dog racing in Queensland.
Based in South East Queensland, SDRQ holds Sled Dog racing events and training throughout the winter season (April-Sept). The club utilises three main forestry areas for Sled Dog Sports events these are Passchendaele State Forest, Benarkin State forest and Pechey and Geham State Forests. SDRQ also host range of Expo and Social events in various locations across Metropolitan South East Queensland.
Sled Dog Racing Queensland Incorporated is affiliated to the Australian Sleddog Sports Association, a member of The International Federation of Sleddog Sports. Since our inception in 2014 of membership based has been continually been on the rise and we are now one of the largest and most active clubs for dog sledding In Australia.
Well, to paraphrase a cult classic;
The first rule of Sled Dog Sports is: Never let go! The second rule of Sled Dog Sports is all about temperatures and dog safety.
Things you must supply for yourself/your dog/s are:
As in any dog sport regular training is the key to success, It also means that you and your dog will be well prepared to have loads of fun together! To get started on your dryland mushing journey you don’t need to wait for winter or club events to start and you don’t need any fancy equipment. Perhaps two of the most important things you can to get started in sled dog sports are building up the fitness of your sled dog and command training, both of which can be done during warmer weather and in everyday situations.
Remember: Dogs have great hearing and typically hear you the first time you give a command. If you as a musher are constantly repeating commands to your team they loose meaning and may result in the dogs ignoring you commands completely. Always praise a positive response in your dogs. Running should be fun and rewarding, praise at the right time can encourage your team to perform well for you on track.