A racing sled dog from Nunavut is on the loose somewhere in Whitehorse.

The dog, named Scruff, was scheduled to race in the Arctic Winter Games dog team event near the Annie Lake Golf course Tuesday.

Leanne Kinvig, a volunteer with the sled dog race venue, said the dog took off down the road.

"We tried to catch him but he's quite skittish and a little bit shy and he ran down the Annie Lake Road and was last seen [Tuesday] probably around one o’clock, probably around kilometre 8 on the Annie Lake Road."

Kinvig is asking everyone to keep an eye out for the well-travelled dog and to contact Arctic Winter Games officials if he's spotted.