It's Fascinating Friday! Did you know? Sled dogs aren't just hitched to a sled and off they go; rather, their long-distance hauling is the product of teamwork with each dog having its own important role to play. First in line are the lead dogs who must set the pace, follow the musher's commands and make important decisions.
Second in line, are the swing dogs who follow the turns of the lead dogs ensuring those left or right turns go smoothly.
Third in line are several team dogs who are responsible for maintaining speed. These dogs are the "muscles" pulling the sleds until ordered to stop.
Last, but not least, are the wheel dogs. These dogs provide steering power. How fascinating is that?