Fjälläventyr Dog Park
The life of a husky is extraordinery - at least if you would ask a city dog.
The same could probably be said about us mountain guides. Our dogs work a lot during the winter season and try to relax a bit during the summer. Our goal is always to give our dogs the best possible life that they deserve and we have opened up our dog park so you can book a visit to see how they live, how we train them and obviously also get the chance to cuddle with them. On some occasions you can also join the pack when they get to mingle amongst each other in a bigger fenced park.
During fall you can also join us when we train them for winter. Get suit up with optional rougher garments before you take part in harnessing and putting up the team. We train our dogs infront of an old pickup and observe the dogs training from the flatbed.
Book and join us training our dogs
Whats included in the DogPark visit?
We start. of. with telling about the life and training of a husky. You can absolutely pet your favorites, sometimes also puppies!!
We round up with some Q&A around the fire.
Do you have puppies?
Often but of course not always. But often is our bigger companions the favorites.
I am afraid/have allergies
Choose your own participation. We never let any dogs out without everyones approval
I would like to participate in the autumn training. How does that work?
We meet up at 08 in the park to get proper dressed. After instructions we start harnessing and putting together the team. There will be quite a loud atmosphere and you will get some ear protection. When the noice climaxes we set of, you on the flatbed on a pickup that gets pulled by up to 20 huskies. On the back of the. pickup we chat about everything that comes to mind and obviously discuss more about how a working dog lives. Enjoying the frosty morning and a steaming cup of coffee.
To book, send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with the dogs
We have about 80 polar dogs in our kennel. To adapt to the climate they all live outdoors. During the winter they grow a thick layer of wool underneath the protecting longer fur. This makes them adapt to the sometimes harsh and cold winter. When summer comes, they loose the wool again.
The dogs live together in yards with small houses were they play and interact with their friends. This is a very social environment, and although the space is limited, they get much more social stimuli than without their pack. The houses are insulated and and cosy, but most often the dogs prefer to roll up as a ball and sleep directly in the snow.
Our polar dogs get fed once a day during off-season and twice when they are working. They get a mixture that is combined with high fat high protein pellets and salmon. To work hard they need a lot of water witch they get by a sauce of meat and water, through snow and when they’re resting, in bowls. They can drink up to 1,5 – 2 liters a day during winter and up to 5 liters a day during summer.
To avoid a lot of anger and accidents, we give the females birth control. This also lowers the male’s aggression towards other dogs. We use 2 – 3 females for breeding and try to have about two offspring’s a year. A female is never used for more than 3 offspring’s. A majority of our kennel is mixed breeds. We focus more on temper, endurance, fur (adaption for temperature) and speed than purebreds. The breeds that we use are Alaskan Husky, Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute.
The puppies have a congenital will for pulling. The trick is to help them understand why and towards what. Never scare them and try to avoid ending with failure. By making every turn fun and exciting for the dog it will grow to an addiction for the dog. I try to make this a 4 fundamental step:
1. Teach the dog to be leashed and make sure to calm him/her while doing it. In this step you can make a lot of god things for the future such as don’t bite, sit, lie down, “shut up”. Make sure that the pup doesn’t crave for your attention by doing wrong and getting attention for it -Sometimes it feels better to be disciplined then left alone! Don´t give up and reward the pup with his freedom.
2. Harness the puppy. Let him feel costumed with the harness and with no means – don’t let him bite it. No one likes a biter!
3. Feel some weight in the harness. Let the pup pull snowmobile tracks or something similar. Avoid using something that will scare him/her
4. Now put the pup amongst his team. I know that he will have a tough time figuring out why his pulled and therefor make him run alone, maybe not as wheel dog (I don´t want him to be afraid of the sled) but as swing is perfect. Mostly the dogs will start running immediate as his team members do. But on rare occasions you might have to run beside him to make him feel safe. Trial and error. Be patient and remain calm. Getting upset will only make your pup scared. I try to encourage when right and remain silent when wrong.
The lead dog
The lead dog is your steering wheel. He/she is no more an alpha then any other dog in the team. You choose the leader for his ability to pull, his endurance, his temper more than his ability to be alpha. We use easy to remember commands like left and right to steer, stop and slow down, in order to stay consistent. We don’t use the commands to make the dogs do tricks, its more a question of yes and no. If the dog does the right thing he is rewarded by pulling and anchored with your cheerful voice. The easiest way to train a leader is letting an apprentice run with a master. He will eventually connect the dots and figure out that the commands are equal to an action.
Captured by our great photographer Leo (IG leo_berndtson)