At our farm the dog training begins at the end of August and ends four months later in December. The “handler”, dog musher lingo for dog trainers, is responsible for the dog training for the entire training period. However, it does take its time until you get to know the character of each dog. Only then would you be able to respond to each dog individually. Now, it’s important to establish which dog can run at which point of the outfit. New leads dogs must be trained. The young dogs needs a lot of attention because they need to be incorporated into the outfit.
A consistent and firm handling of the dogs is very important. The training has to be calm but determined and a clear line has to be drawn for the dogs. During the snow-free season we use “Troll Carts” for training, which are specially built for the purpose of dog training, or a ATV, also called “Quadrunner”. Each dog should be on the move at least every two days. Since the training tracks are extended daily this task eventually takes all day.
Once there is a sufficient cover of snow, usually in late November, we move over to training with sleds.
Training continues right up until the end of the season, usually just before Christmas. After which the dogs are on treks. For your stay there is hut/room, and of course, good food.