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Recommended Beginner
Reading & Listening

Although the best way to learn is by "doing," you will do yourself a world of good by taking the time to get some basic information before you get too far down the trail.

Books

This is a very preliminary listing of good books.  We'll be adding more in future days. These links will take you directly to Amazon.com where you can purchase the books.

Dog Driver: A Guide for the Serious Musher
Miki Collins, Julie Collins
The title notwithstanding, this is one of the most often recommended books for all types of mushing.

Skijor With Your Dog
Carol Kaynor, Mari Hoe-Raitto
Excellent book on getting started in skijoring.

The Speed Mushing Manual: How to Train Racing Sled Dogs
Jim Welch
Although much of this book is devoted to preparing a team to race, there's a good deal of information on basic training, conditioning and feeding.

The Culture Clash
Jean Donaldson
Whether you are a seasoned dog trainer or a new dog owner, you will benefit from reading this book.

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SDC Interviews
Many mushers have offered a great deal of insight and information through SDC Interviews.

Meet a Musher

Read through these interviews carefully...even the ones by mushers participating in a different aspect of mushing than you're interested in. You will be exposed to a variety of management and training ideas that can help you shape your own mushing style.

Even if you don't race, Art Stoller's 20 Tips for Successful Sled Dog Racing has some excellent points regarding dog care and the all important "trust" factor.

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SDC Talk

There is a wealth of information included in this discussion area.  Take the time to dig through both current and past posts.  I'm continually learning from my contemporaries and you will too.

SDC Talk! Forum

Feel free to post any questions you have to this forum.  You're almost sure to get some good advice.

Web Sites
There are a great number of existing web sites with more being added everyday.  We'll mine the Internet to bring you as many good ones as we can.

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