Easily Distracted

One thing about sled dogs is that they are easily distracted. Which can be a real problem out on the trail. It can be dangerous for both musher and dogs if we all aren’t focused all the time but it’s a bit difficult when you consider all the things out there that can grab their attention.

Which is why we’ve been working on teaching them “on by” and to not get too distracted by things like squirrels in trees…

…and snowmobilers…

…and random things…

Once we parked right next to a dead deer without knowing it and had to keep the pack distracted while we harnessed them up just a few yards away…

It’s not just them who get distracted, though. Sometimes we do, too, and that can lead to disaster like the time when we were switching off driving and the whole team took off with the sled!

It only happened once, thank goodness. Not fun.

We didn’t get pictures or video of it since we were too focused on chasing them down to get them back, but we did upload a short video showing a couple of these distractions we’ve dealt with this year so far.

We’re getting a GoPro soon so we’ll be able to upload better content. In the meantime, subscribe to this blog and our YouTube channel and we’ll keep bringing you highlights of our life here Beyond the Tetons!