sled dog welfare
We are a "dog first" company!
When choosing a sled dog touring operator, we encourage you to put the welfare of sled dogs first.

Did you know that dog sledding is a non-regulated sport? We are proud supporters of the Canadian Coalition for Sled Dogs- a non-profit organization dedicated to improving sled dog welfare across Canada!

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IT'S ALL ABOUT OUR PACK

Why we tether

Our sled dogs each have an 8ft. tether allowing them a 16ft. living space.  When tethered, each husky hero can easily interact with 4 neighboring pack members. This allows them to play, cuddle or even have some quiet time alone should they wish.  Since dogs are very social animals, we know how important it is for them to maximize their social interaction.  Group penning can make it very difficult to distinguish certain concerns in sled dog care.  Tethering ensures the following:

• Each sled dog receives a personalized feeding regime, treats and bones.  Our dogs can eat in peace at their own pace without competition from other dogs.
• In the unlikely situation that one of our sled dogs becomes ill, all symptoms can easily be detected and prompt veterinary care can be followed.
• Each sled dog has unlimited access to water, it is important for us to know how much water each dog is drinking.
• Safety. Group penning can lead to certain dogs becoming irritated with another which can in turn cause fighting.

Daily free run

Our sled dogs are let off their tethers for daily “free run" all year round.  During free run in the summer, our dogs enjoy running through sprinklers, cooling off in their doggie pools and playing with their toys.

During the winter months, the pools and sprinklers get put away but the toys of course stay!

The length of time we allow the dogs to run is dependent on temperature.  The cooler it is the longer we can allow them to play. On hot days we restrict their play time to 1-1.5 hours.  On cooler summer days they can usually play for 2-3 hours and during the winter months the dogs are loose for most of the day.

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Why our huskies are housed outside

From our experience, we have found that a husky will not grow a proper winter coat if kept indoors regularly. Because the temperature is warmer indoors, it can affect the thickness of their fur growth. Huskies are very sensitive to temperature (temperature is what will trigger a husky to shed or to re-grow its winter coat.) This is why they will shed their insulation (their down layer closest to the skin) during the spring/summer months and then re-grow it in the fall. Because our huskies spend most of their time outside enjoying the snow and cold it is vital that they grow a thick fur coat to keep them warm over the winter. In saying this, our puppies are always born inside with us and stay indoors along with their mom until we are comfortable putting them outside in their pen.

Many of our older dogs take turns in our cabin or at the homes of our staff. Although they are outside most of the time, we do allow many of them to come inside from time to time especially as they age!

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Kennel foundation

Our kennel is protected by an extremely durable 8ft. high chain link fence.  This keeps our 4-legged family of husky heroes safe when enjoying their daily free run as well as keeping any wildlife out of the kennel. In our facility we also have three medium sized pens situated in the kennel. The pens are used for expectant females, puppies, dogs in recovery or any dog who does not like to be tethered. We also have two large free run pens for our older dogs.  We prefer to keep our seniors off tether in their older years.

The foundation of our kennel is finely crushed limestone which allows drainage in the kennel. A very important aspect to our kennel is that it is set up is on an incline, therefore allowing the rain and melting snow to naturally drain off the foundation. This eliminates the chance for puddles to develop in the dogs living areas and will keep the kennel area dry, clean and healthier over all.

Our kennel is divided into two specific areas. In one area we house our males (mostly all neutered). We do have some intact males in the mix in order to maintain our breeding program however, they need to be housed away from any intact females to ensure no accidental mating within our pack. The second section of our kennel houses all our females (mostly all spayed).  Again, we do have some intact females for breeding.