Many mushers, kennels and organisations such as ISDRA have already joined Mush with PRIDE and we at SSASO believe that in today’s society, it is in every musher’s best interest to be at or above the standard for care and quality of life we provide for our four-legged team mates. Let’s face it, there is no team without our dogs!
What is Mush with PRIDE?
PRIDE stands for Providing Responsible Information on a Dog’s Environment. The relationship between sled dogs and humans is one of the oldest bonds of its kind. Modern sled dog owners are proud of their dogs as canine athletes that are bred and trained to do what they love – run as part of a team. Mush with PRIDE supports the responsible care and humane treatment of all dogs and is dedicated to enhancing the care and treatment of sled dogs in their traditional and modern uses.
Mush with PRIDE was established in 1991 as an organisation of mushers who were concerned about the care of sled dogs and public perceptions of mushing. To address some of these concerns, PRIDE developed sled dog care and equipment guidelines. We instituted a voluntary kennel inspection program and created a website to facilitate communication with dog mushers whose main concern is treatment and care of sled dogs.
What does this mean for me as a SSASO member?
This means you should be at or above the standards recommended by Mush with PRIDE. It’s not only in your dogs’ best interest, it’s a way we can help protect one another in the sled dog community, whether you’re in town with 1 dog or off-grid with 50+ dogs.
If you are not at the standards listed by Mush with PRIDE it is strongly recommended you strive to reach them. If you need help, reach out to your friends and loved ones. If they are unable to help, please feel free to contact Mush with PRIDE or a SSASO Board Member and we can offer advice.
Mush with PRIDE Standard can be found using this link, we encourage you to explore their website and become familiar with Mush with PRIDE’s Standard and literature. A great place to start is at the bottom of their home page with:
Sled Dog Care Guidelines
The first edition (1993) was great, the second edition (1998) was better, but the 3rd edition references scientific research that confirms proper care protocols for modern kennels.
Caring for Dogs During Crisis
Mushers must recognise that an unexpected loss of income, medical emergency or other life-changing circumstance could render us unable to properly care for our dogs. What can we do to ensure proper care of our dogs during a crisis?
Equipment Safety Guidelines
Based on a survey of experienced mushers, covers the basics of safe equipment choices and use. Includes chapters on dog gear, lines, sleds, rigs, skijoring, dog yards, travelling etc.
Voluntary Kennel Inspection Documents
PRIDE initiated this voluntary kennel inspection program to allow members to document the excellent care that they provide in their kennels every day. Download these documents to learn more about the program.