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Dog Driver: A Guide for the Serious Musher [Hardcover]

Miki Collins , Julie Collins
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  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Alpine Publications,U.S. (Dec 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931866480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931866487
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,262,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format:Hardcover
Dog Driver is for anyone interested in sled dog training for dog mushing, recreational dog sledding or sled dog races. Based on personal sled dog experience in both dog sled racing and working sled dog teams, Miki and Julie Collins explain everything you need to know to select, raise and care for sled dogs, dog sledding equipment including sled dog harnesses, dog sleds and even clothing. Learn all about sled dog training and sled dog racing. Plus, in Dog Driver, you'll get all the latest sled dog facts, know what it is really like to own mushing dogs and just what it takes to be among the top Iditarod dogs. Follow Miki and Julie through thousands of wilderness miles as they run their working sled dog teams to check on trap lines and deliver freight during the winter in the heart of Alaska.

Includes:
* Choose the appropriate gear for every dog sledding job.
* Recognize and correct medical and psychological problems.
* Learn to handle a wide range of trail conditions.
* Make money with your sled dog team.
* Repair sled dog harnesses, dog sleds and other dog sledding equipment while on the trail.
* Prepare for sled dog races and extended wilderness mushing.

Authors: Miki and Julie Collins have been running sled dogs an average of 2,000 miles a year since 1974, hauling freight, traveling an 80-mile trap line, and exploring the wilderness of interior Alaska and Canada. They have competed in several major sled dog races and given dog sled tours in Denali National Park. They've written three books and are regular contributors to Mushing Magazine and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner along with numerous articles published in Dog Fancy, Field and Stream and other publications.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Driver 30 Aug 2001
By Theresa Daily - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an excellent book for beginners as well as professional. It is the most detailed and updated book on the market. Covering finding the right dog, proper gear and how to use it (detailed photos) quality of food, daily care, medical needs, breeding, training, recreational, distance and sprint racing. I reccommend it to ALL beginner mushers.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Book for Dog Drivers 20 Nov 2000
By Yaacov 'jake' Levi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Dog Driver by Miki and Julie Collins is a book all who have ever wanted to drive a team, who are driving a team, or who have drove a team should have. It has something for everyone.
While considered a 'beginners bible' it has much to offer the established dog driver. Any dog drivers who feel that they dont need it are the ones who do need it.
The Collins Twins are probably the two best known dog mushers in Alaska who arenot on one of the competitive racing circuits, they are known for their competence and ability in getting a dog team from point A to point B . This book is a distillation of their experiences in a wide range of situations, and they have presented it in a clear and straight-forward manner.
They cover the topics in a thorough and effective manner, from getting started to trekking and racing. If sled dogs are your interest, you will want this book.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bible of sled dog sports- outstanding! 13 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Although the title implies that the book is for the "serious musher", it should properly read "any musher". Topics include nutrition, training, health care, distance and sprint racing, camping, breeding, buying, skijoring, etc. Each is dealt with in a practical and understandable manner.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Seller 4 Mar 2010
By Fernando M. Anselmi - Published on Amazon.com
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"Excellent seller, very fast and dedicated to solve the difficulties. I recomend it very much"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must as a reference for dog runners or simply those who want to participate in the sport 13 Jun 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
To drive a team of dogs through the Alaskan tundra is a unique adventure few will experience. Now in a newly revised and expanded edition, "Dog Driver: A Guide for the Serious Musher" is a complete and comprehensive guide to arctic dog training and racing, covering everything about the sport from breeding all the way to training, dog retirement, and more. Not just for races, a dog sled team can be a viable choice for transportation in harsh, cold environments where there's nowhere to land a plane, let alone drive a car. With indexes, bibliographies, and more, "Dog Driver" is an absolute must as a reference for dog runners or simply those who want to participate in the sport.
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