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What Does a Lead Dog Do?

In a dog sled team the lead dog is in charge of the front of the team. A great lead dog will not get distracted while running and they can ignore a crowded street during the ceremonial start of Iditarod or a group of people standing in their way while shooting footage for a television show. This is not a position for dominance but rather a position of responsibility – they have the job to make sure their teammates keep moving forward. Learn more https://www.ravenox.com/collections/mfp-rope

They will listen to their musher’s voice commands such as “Gee” to turn right or “Haw” to turn left and they are responsible for taking the team across open lakes and fields. They are also responsible for navigating the trails in Alaska’s wilderness.

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There are many famous lead dogs such as Togo and Batlo who were part of the 1925 serum run to Nome or the countless Iditarod race winners like Granite and Silver.

A lead dog’s job is not an easy one. They have to work hard, they often get a lot of dirt in their face and they need to be good at following commands. They must also have the patience to deal with a cranky or stubborn musher who may need to make adjustments in speed and direction.

Lead poisoning is most common in dogs who ingest it orally but it can also be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Puppies and young adult dogs prone to chewing on new objects or exploring renovation sites where layers of old lead paint or plaster are unearthed can be particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning. If you think your dog has ingested lead seek veterinary attention immediately.

The Role of the Lead Dog in a Sled Dog Team

The lead dog in a sled dog team is the one directly in front of the musher. Often, a great lead dog will have a very excitable attitude that makes him eager to run and willing to follow the musher’s commands. A good lead dog will also be able to handle the many obstacles that sledders encounter on the trail such as bad snow, difficult terrain or a windy storm. The lead dog is the first to face these difficulties and needs to be able to react quickly and instinctively. Many mushers prize their lead dogs and protect them from other competitors because they are the heart of the team.

Lead Dogs: The Unsung Heroes of the Sled Dog Team

The next lead dog in the sled are the swing and point dogs. They are the powerhouse of the team and maintain the speed set by the lead dog. These dogs are identified by their position as right or left swing depending on which side they are positioned on the gang line and also by their names like “Balto” (swing) and “Termination Dust” (point). Some mushers will place young dogs in these positions to give them experience while allowing more experienced dogs to compete for the lead spot.

When pet owners notice their dogs showing signs of lead poisoning it is very important to give a detailed history and provide the amount of lead your dog ingested. Providing this information will help your veterinarian determine the cause of your pet’s symptoms and can speed up the diagnosis process.

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