Vermont, a Unique Destination
for Dog Sledding Adventures
By Ken Haggett

Vermont has become a major destination in New England for dog sledding
enthusiasts. Located in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont are several
dog sledding businesses that offer the opportunity for you to get behind a team
of sled dogs and out into the wilderness in a way many never get to experience.

If you grew up reading Jack London’s
Call of The Wild or White Fang as I did you
may long to experience a lifestyle long since lost to many. You may have a love
of dogs and an appreciation for working dogs doing what they were bred to do.
Either way a visit to Vermont for a dog sledding experience may be just what
you are looking for.

When you are out in the wilderness with a team of sled dogs it’s almost as
though you have been transported back in time.

There is nothing like sliding along a cold snowy trail with the only sounds being
that of the runners sliding over the snow and dogs breathing as they do what
they love to do.

Watching a team of dogs work together and the strength and speed they are
capable of is simply amazing. After years of working with sled dogs it still
amazes me every time I watch these incredible athletes at work.

Often the closest you can get to experiencing dog sledding is at a dog sled race
where you can watch the teams leave the starting shoot or come back in from
their run. Luckily there are people running businesses where you can actually
interact with the dogs and even try your hand at driving a sled.

The best part is that you can have this experience without having to acquire and
train six to eight dogs of your own! I must warn you that it can be addictive.

After a visit to Vermont for a dog sled adventure you may just find yourself
longing for your first Husky.

Be very careful; talk to any musher and they will tell you that is how is all
begins. First it’s one and the next thing you know you somehow have ended up
with a dozen.

Dog sledding is not limited to winter; several outfitters offer
year round dog
sledding experiences. Carts or other wheeled devices allow dog teams to be run
during the non snow months of the year.

Fall foliage season in Vermont is a beautiful time to get out for a dog sled ride.
You can view the beautiful foliage as you are pulled along by a team of dogs.
It’s just as fun as winter time sledding but not nearly as cold.

Running one or two dogs with a scooter is also becoming a very popular dog
powered activity. It’s a great way to get your own dog out for a little exercise
and may well add years to their life.

There are opportunities to try this exciting sport out with your dog and see if it
is something you both would enjoy.

If you are planning a visit to New  England, no matter what the time of year
consider adding a dog sled experience to your list of things to do. It’s an
experience you won’t soon forget.

About the Author: Ken Haggart of Lake Elmore, Vermont, is the owner of Peace Pups
Dogsledding and Vermont Bicycle Tours.   He is a musher, tour guide and custom
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