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    Miscellaneous Working-Dog Stuff

    The North Runner
    R. D. Lawrence tells the wonderful story of his relationship with a wolf-dog hybrid who was mistreated by humans and eventually goes to live as a wolf.

    Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training
    Karen Pryor clearly explains the 10 rules for shaping the behaviour of dogs of all ages - without punishment.

    A Guide to Packpacking With Your Dog A Guide to Packpacking With Your Dog
    From pack design to the psychology and ethics of packing, a great book to get you going.

    My choice for the best dog book ever, this book by John Muir, about a Tahltan Bear Dog in Alaska, is completely on-line. It is also in print (87 pages).

    Mushing & Skijoring

    Dog Driver: A Guide For the Serious Musher
    Miki and Julie Collins explain the technicalities of the sport, from foot care to harness designs.

    Fan's Guide to the Iditarod
    A complete reference guide (412 pages!) to all races up to 1996, by Mary H. Hood and Robert J. Berndt.

    Australia's monthly sled dog racing magazine has one current article, an events calendar and other information on mushing and scootering online.

    The Iditarod Fact Book: A Complete Guide to the Last Great Race The Iditarod Fact Book: A Complete Guide to the Last Great Race
    by Sue Mattson (Editor)
    Issued in February 2001, this entertaining and informative guide to the Iditarod reveals the dramatic history of distance racing, listing the breeds of dogs used, the rules that have been refined over many years, the rigorous training regimes of mushers and dogs, the equipment, and the village checkpoints.

    The Joy of Running Sled Dogs
    Noel K. Flanders takes you through the steps he learned the hard way - and describes the pleasures of winter travel with your dogs.

    My Lead Dog Was a Lesbian: Mushing Across Alaska in the Iditarod
    Brian Patrick O'Donoghue brings both the humour and the fearful aspects of the race alive, based on his running of the 1991 Iditarod.

    Mush: A Beginner's Manual of Sled Dog Training
    This highly-rated book was written by Bella Levorsen, with input from many of the members of the Sierra Nevada Dog Drivers. From harnessing to building a dog house and mushing gear, you'll find an enormous amount of information.

    Running North: A Yukon Adventure
    Ann Mariah Cook's highly-rated book tells the story of her family's determination to run the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest.

    Skijor With Your Dog
    Mari Hoe-Raitto and Carol Kaynor have written the most comprehensive guide to this rapidly-growing sport. Hook up your husky once, and you'll be hooked too! The techniques are also applicable to teaching your dog to pull a sled.

    Sled Dog Trails
    Mary Shields' book was my introduction to mushing literature, and her sensitivity to the land makes it still one of my favourites.

    Sled Dogs of Denali
    Only 16 pages, and designed to be an introduction for tourists, but beautifully illustrated by Donna Gates and concisely written by Sandy Kogl.

    The Speed Mushing Manual
    Jim Welch offers great tips on how to take your sled dogs to "the next level" - racing in local or more advanced competitions.

    Tracks Across Alaska: A Dog Sled Journey
    Alastair Scott decided that he needed an adventure, so he left Scotland and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he leased a sled team. Scott has a relaxed writing style, and his tales of how huskies took over his life are wonderful!

    An exciting tale of Gary Paulsen's life with huskies and wolves in Minnesota and Alaska.

    Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
    Told as only someone who has actually run the race can, by Gary Paulsen.

    Alaskan Malamutes

    The New Complete Alaskan Malamute The New Complete Alaskan Malamute
    Mixed reviews, but a very readable and useful guide to the breed by Maxwell Riddle and Beth J. Harris. 259 pages.

    This is the Alaskan Malamute
    An excellent guide for Malamute owners, by Joan McDonald Brearly.

    Alaskan Malamutes: Everything About Purchase, Care, ...
    For anyone thinking about getting a Malamute, this 96-page guide by Betsy Sikora-Siino offers a good introduction.


    The New Complete Samoyed
    In the 3rd Edition of this well-established guide, Robert and Dolly Ward cover the breed well, from its fascinating history to current training concepts. 288 pages.

    An excellent introduction to Samoyeds, from Reynaud Joyce.

    Siberian Huskies

    Siberian Huskies for Dummies Siberian Huskies for Dummies
    Diane Morgan's book offers great information in an easy-to-digest form.

    Siberian Husky
    An excellent on-line book by Stephen R. Lee.

    The New Complete Siberian Husky
    By Michael Jennings - one of the standard reference works to the breed.

    The Siberian Husky
    Not exactly light reading, but in 512 pages, Joan McDonald Brearly discusses anything you can imagine about having Siberians in the family.

    The Siberian Husky: A Complete Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet
    An excellent introduction (158 pages) to the joys and problems of owning a Siberian, by Betsy Sikora-Siino.

    Children's Books about Northern Dogs

    Dogteam by Gary Paulsen and Ruth Wright Paulsen Dogteam
    This beautiful children's book by Gary Paulsen and Ruth Wright Paulsen combines beautiful watercolours with a story that brings mushing through an Alaska night alive.

    Elim : The Determined Athlete Elim : The Determined Athlete
    by Joan F. Jackson & Robert Ferrin Gilmore

    Mush! Across Alaska in the World's Longest Sled-Dog Race
    For your very young mushing enthusiast, this 32-page illustrated book by Patricia Siebert and Jan Davey Ellis focusses on the dogs themselves.

    Running With the Big Dogs: A Sled Dog Puppy Grows Up in Denali National Park, Alaska Running With the Big Dogs: A Sled Dog Puppy Grows Up in Denali National Park, Alaska
    by Lori Yanuchi & Wendy Brown
    Both the author and illustrator are former Denali Park kennels rangers. The sled dogs there are still used to make winter patrols, and their experiences have no doubt helped to bring this story alive.

    Sled Dogs: Arctic Athletes (Good Dogs!)
    An introduction to mushing, written for young children by Elizabeth Ring.