Dog Care Information

Hands on Learning at Michigan Symposium by Terrie Hanke

There’s nothing better than hands-on real-life experiences for learning. Thanks to musher and educator Tim Vandermeuelen, Symposium participants went to work making necklines and constructing a doghouse. Tim handed out pre-cut and marked lengths of braided nylon and the indispensible fid to everyone interested then the fun began – push the fid through the rope …


Ten Tips for Taking Care of Your Dog

PROVIDE A PROTECTED AND CLEAN LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR DOG.  Shelter from the elements and hazards, as well as good hygiene, are basic to a quality life.         ALWAYS KEEP FRESH WATER AVAILABLE.  Maintaining optimal hydration is important for health and energy. FEED A QUALITY DIET AND PREVENT OBESITY.  Overweight humans and animals can adversely …


Dog Care, K9 Athletes and Veterinarians

Without adequate dog care, marathon racing such as the Iditarod would not be possible.  These athletes receive top quality care before and during the race.  The dogs are trained for months before the race season starts.  They are conditioned in a variety of terrains to prepare for different challenges. These dogs receive high quality kibble …


What Happens to the ‘Dropped’ Dogs?

Dropped dogs are dogs that are removed from the race for one reason or another.  A dog that isn’t feeling well, has an injury, isn’t running well, is in season, or just doesn’t have the attitude to race, are ‘dropped’ at checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail. Veterinarians at each checkpoint are on duty to examine …