Dog Sledding 101 Pawsitively Helpful Tips for Beginners
Written by Peter Alaska Helicopter Tours,
in Section Alaskans In The News
Alaska is revered for its natural beauty — and its incredible animals - especially sled dogs!
The bald eagle, our country’s national bird, is plentiful here, with roughly 30,000 of these magnificent creatures calling this state home. There are also bears, caribou, moose, and ample marine life to appreciate while you’re here. And of course, there are also furry friends of the domestic variety.
Ever Witnessed a Dog Sledding Event?
You might be used to welcoming man’s best friend into your own home, but it’s a whole different experience when you go dog sledding. If you’ve never taken dogsled tours in the past, it’s a great time to learn a bit more about what you can expect during this unique sightseeing opportunity. With these tips in mind, you’ll be sure to have a doggone good time.
Know What to Wear: Proper attire is key when you’re partaking in any outdoor activity in Alaska. Simply put, you’ll want to wear more layers than you think you’ll need. Long underwear, down jackets or parkas, waterproof ski suits, thick socks, scarves, hats, gloves, and tall boots are all excellent ideas.
Even if you don’t think the weather will be all that cold, remember that you won’t be running alongside the dogs. Because you won’t be moving all that much, you’ll need to rely on layers to stay warm. If you start to sweat, you can always remove a layer until you adjust.
Pay Attention to Your Surroundings: There’s no point in seeking out the best tours for dog sledding Anchorage has to offer if you aren’t going to take in the sights. This isn’t the time to be fiddling around on your phone or joking with a friend. You’ll have a prime opportunity to experience the beauty of Alaska in a completely unique way and appreciate the incredible nature of these hard-working animals. Don’t waste your chance to make these amazing memories.
Pay attention to everything you’re told and marvel at the extraordinary sights in front of you. On that note, make sure you get plenty of sleep, have a hearty meal, and take care of your physical needs leading up to this event so that your focus can be on the experience at hand, rather than on feeling under the weather.
Help Out Your Team: Your sled will be pulled by a team of devoted doggies who love nothing more than to mush through the snow. Although they can handle an impressive load, they can’t do it all on their own. While you’re seated on the sled, you can provide valuable assistance by making sure not to distract or try to pet the dogs. You can also help your team pull their weight by leaning into the turns to decrease the resistance. You’ll also want to pay attention to advise instructors give you and follow their directions.
While taking a dogsled tour can be a whole lot of fun, you’ll still need to follow the rules in order to get the best experience possible.
Ready to add a truly unique opportunity to your vacation itinerary? Dog sledding can be a crowd-pleaser for travelers of any age. To learn more about our tours, please contact us today.