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Humane mushing is the practice of sled dog sports and sled dog husbandry wherein the welfare of the dog is put first above all else. Humane mushing emphasizes being guardian (rather than owner) to a small number of dogs and including these dogs in your everyday life as members of your family just as you would any other dog.

At the home of someone participating in humane mushing, you won't find any chains or old plastic dog houses with holes gnawed in them. Instead, you'll find working sled dogs living in the house alongside their musher and other teammates. You'll find properly fenced yards for the dogs to play freely in. You'll find toys, high quality dog food and regular veterinary checkup receipts.


The humane musher does not aim to consistently field a competitive race team, but rather to raise a team and keep them through their entire life cycle from puppies to adolescents to adults in their prime to retirees. What matters in humane mushing is the bond you share with your canine companions and the experiences you share with them from behind them on the runners to beside them on the couch.​​
  1. What has happened to responsible racing?


  2. Quest and Iditarod like to tell everyone the races are “all about the dogs,” but sometimes a reasonable person really has to wonder because the races don’t always act like it’s “all about the dogs.”


  3. There’s a lot of bad stuff going on in dog mushing. We wouldn’t, as a group, pass anybody’s idea of humane treatment of animals. As a group, we don’t pass my standards of humane treatment of animals.


  4. Beatings are very commonplace. Many mushers will even brag about it to their friends and all will have a hearty laugh and then look you right in the eyes and tell you how much they care about their dogs.


  5. Dog deaths are so common during the race that Rule 42 of the official Iditarod rules blithely acknowledges that some dogs’ deaths may be considered “unpreventable.”