About the Musher: David Daley, Churchill, MB
Do you allow your racing dogs to have pups?
Yes we have had litters the last couple of years!
How old should a dog be before you start to train them to be on the team?
Our dogs start training at about 8 months old. We use our old dogs to train the puppies in the team.
How old were you when you started putting together a team/kennel of dogs?
I was in my 30’s when I put together my first dog team
Do you really say “mush” to your team? If not, what do you say to tell them to go and to stop? How about commands to turn?
I don’t say mush I use the word hike to go, whoa to stop, gee for right and haw for left
What made you decide to become a dog musher?
I have always had a great love and connection with dogs, when I was helping my friend with his dogs I just fell in love with the dogs I had to have my own team!
If I was going to become a musher, what is the most important thing I would need to know?
If you would like to become a musher volunteer at a local kennel and start learning!
What did your parents say when you told them you were going to have a kennel?
My mother gives me all her love and support when it comes to my dogs, she let me and 12 of my dogs stay at her place when we ran from Churchill to Winnipeg in 2010!
What has been the scariest situation you’ve ever been in while mushing?
One of the scariest moments in my dog sledding career is when I was caught in a blizzard on the Hudson Bay when the wind destroyed my tent and I had to survive in freezing temperatures for 30 hrs!
What do you feed your dogs?
We feed our dogs a variety of food our main food is Inukshuk dog food, which is a kibble and frozen ground chicken! We also feed fish, pork fat, red meat, beaver or anything else we can get our hands on!
Are you good with other animals?
Dogs are about it. I tried to ride a horse once but it didn’t like me and bucked me off!