Code of Ethics

The Vermont Mushers Association endorses the humane and ethical treatment of all dogs, and therefore promotes excellent standards of care both on and off the trail. We aim to serve as a positive representative of dog-powered sports in Vermont.

On the trail, safety and humane treatment come first. We advocate attention to environmental conditions and the dog’s physical limits and training limits in order to maximize long-term enjoyment for all canine athletes. To this end, our philosophy includes practicing high standards of dog care which include:

  • Food, Water, Shelter
  • Safe Confinement
  • Exercise
  • Sanitary Management
  • Veterinary Care
  • Responsible Breeding
  • Training and Socialization