Word on the trail has it that by the 2019 Iditarod sign-ups, the Last Great Race will implement a new set of guidelines and kennel standards for their participating mushers. The goal of this initiative is for the betterment of the sport and improved sled dog management & care. Well, that’s an easy decision for us--Where do we sign up?
The ITC has formed an advisory committee to best represent the mushing community which includes two local Two Rivers mushers, Aliy Zirkle & Sebastian Schnulle. Some of the suggested guidelines for Best Care certification submitted to the ITC may include the following (*official guidelines have yet to be voted on):
Kennel Visits & Check-ups
Well-Maintained Weatherproof Dog Houses
Cleanliness of Dog Yard
Min/Max Weight Requirement
Regulated Breeding Programs
Individual Dog Records
Activity Logs for Retired Dogs
Tracking of all Dogs Sold, Retired or Deceased
Maximum of # Dogs per Caretaker
We applaud the Iditarod’s initiative to uphold a world standard of dog care and will happily and easily comply to these guidelines. We look forward to representing this sport the best we can.
Alaska Dispatch News: Iditarod says it will establish dog care standards for it's competitors