With the 8SeasonsHuskies 2016
We are enjoying the cooler temperatures in the morning or evening to train the dogs with our vehicle since almost two weeks.
It´s so much fun to see the dogs running again – they just love it.
But which temperature is cold enough to train the sled dogs?
I get that question often and I have heard many different answers. I personally like to train when it´s colder than +8 degrees. I have trained earlier with temperatures around + 12 in the past, but it just don’t feel right. But of course, it depends on many different factors – like the type of dog, the speed you are training at, the age of the dogs…
Why are we thinking about the outside temperatures?
The dogs can´t sweat like we human do – they regulate their body temperatures through breathing, drinking water/eating snow and /or cooling down in water or snow.
So the risk for overheating – or hyperthermia is quite high.
To avoid overheating it´s the best to have a look at your dogs and read their body language to see early symptoms for overheating.
For further information’s you can have at look this article about heat stress in dogs by Robert L. Downey.
My favorite part during autumn training is the time directly after the training run.
The dogs can run lose – stretching their muscles, go into the lake, eating beeries (I like to call our berry bushes “the vitamin station” 🙂 –
and the puppies are always welcoming us with the same energy.
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