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The term "mush" isn't actually used in dog sledding much anymore. The work "hike!" is the most common word to get the dogs going, not that they need any words. Sled dogs are bred to run and running is always on their mind. Simply lifting your snow hook will get the dogs going.

To have your dogs pick a different trail you can say "gee" to go right or "ha" to go left. These terms come from horse training. The other term that the dogs learn but commonly disobey is "whoa" to stop. These guys don't really like to stop.

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