• Lead dogs - the pair(s) of dogs at the front of the sled team, who are in charge of finding the trail in a snow storm and following directions like "gee" and "haw" or "right" and "left". 
  • Wheel dogs - the pair(s) of dogs immediately in front of the sled, who provide a lot of the power.
  • Swing dogs - the pair(s) of dogs between lead and wheel. They help turn.
  • Musher - the human who drives the sled.
  • Rig - used instead of a sled in dry-land racing in Australia.
  • Gee - instruction to tell a dog or horse to turn right. Used to avoid confusion because it sounds so different to Haw.
  • Haw - instruction to tell a dog or horse to turn left. Used to avoid confusion because it sounds so different to Gee.
  • Drop Lines - chains attached to the dog trailer to which dogs can be secured.
  • Stake Out Lines - lines attached to stakes or objects like trees to which dogs can be secured.
  • Handling/Handler - people who assist with dogs, helping with general kennel duties. In terms of racing, harnessing the dogs and holding onto them prior to the race, keeping them calm, untangled and ready to take off.
  • J's team at the start line, me handling with others. Altitude 5000 2012.

    J's team at the start line, me handling with others.

    Altitude 5000 2012.