Terms used to control your dogs (and your direction/speed)
Contrary to common belief, the word "mush" is not used to drive sled dogs. Mush comes from the French word "marche" which is from the verb "marcher" which means to walk. Undoubtedly, the French used this during gold rush days. The word "mush" is felt to be too "soft" a sound to be used as a command. Below is a short list of common commands and terms associated with dog driving sports.
All commands are spoken in a firm, calm, not too loud voice.
During training, you must be certain to use varied turns and
trails to be sure that the dog is really executing the commands
rather than following a well worn path. You must also anticipate
the turn and issue the command at the correct time from the
This is all about having fun. To see your dogs running ahead of you for exercise or in the heat of competition is to experience what these dogs were bred for. It's the closest you can get to their origins.