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Max and True reveal the ins and outs of training with a husky

By Vicky Anscombe

When The Arctic V come across teams of huskies in Greenland, Max Willcocks will be more familiar than most; he already owns his own husky, a 2.5-year-old Siberian husky called TrueDog.

Max walks and runs with True every day; each week, he’ll cover up to 60 miles with her, although True can often cover up to 100 miles per week as she gets walked off the lead as well. Running in the woods near his home, Max sees their daily trips together as a bonding exercise - even though he acknowledges it's helping him train for The Arctic Circle Race.

"This run is all about True; she leads it. It’s a chance for her to get out and enjoy the smells. She’s a great runner - she could cover twice the distances that I can, it just depends what mood shes in."

Max Willcocks

The huskies that the group will come across in Greenland will be part of dogsledding teams that will ferry the competitors to and from the start and finishing lines. Huskies are also a vital part of the organisers' emergency teams; snowmobiles, dogsleds, and officials will be manning the drinking stations and will be at the camp to help in the event of an emergency.

This short film reveals the true capacity of huskies' energy and their obvious enthusiasm for getting outdoors and exercising; and if you’re tempted to get your own husky after watching, you’ll hear nothing but encouragement from Max.

"Huskies are great family dogs," he says. "They’re friendly, patient, and they love children. They do need a lot of exercise though, so bear that in mind - you need to be able to give your dog the high-energy workout it needs every day, otherwise you’ll be chasing it across fields, trying to get them to come back!"


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