The important thing is how you handle them.
The above video is long. However, I feel it is important to see how to handle a situation that could have caused some injuries to the dogs in a team.
As mushers, we can not predict or prevent all the situations that can occur when running dogs.
I feel the main thing is the musher stays calm and slowly, deliberately go about the task of handling the challenge.
By doing this, the dogs stay calm, not stressed or panicked and allow you to undo the tangles and get the team back stretched out.
As you can see in the video, some dogs had the gangline or tug lines wrapped around their legs or body.
If the dogs were stressed these lines could cause injury to the dogs.
I am not in favor of cable ganglines as they could cut or cause serious injuries to a dog. Rope is more flexible and easier to untangle.
I know this is not a popular thing to talk about.
However, things like this can occur and can be dealt with no bad effects with the team.
In this instance the dogs stayed calm and waited for the command to go.
They ran home with great enthusiasm and most importantly no mental or physical injuries.
Life is full of challenges; meet them methodically and calmly and they will quietly disappear.
Until next week.....