Early winter training

The training team in action - putting branches as markers along the trails.

The training team in action – putting branches as markers along the trails.

Winter season has kicked off for us at Frosty Trails with the arrival of Arne, Win, Tamara and Robert, who joined us for Early Winter Training during the first two weeks of december!

It was the first time we let people help us with traing our sleddogs – and it turned out to be a great succes!Every day we would go out for a training run with the sleds – getting the dogs in shape fysically (we ran the dogs for 300 km in two weeks), but also getting all the routines settled, like starting up the teams, taking long breaks on the trail (the dogs have to learn to take a rest when offered the opportunity) and even the overnight routines, as we did two overnight stays at a wilderness cabin.

During the overnight at the cabin, the dogs sleep on a stakeout line on the snow (it was too warm for straw and blankets). For most of the dogs, this routine is well settled, but for the young dogs Queenie, Lady, Princess and Jack, this was all new. And they did very well! I”m looking forward to have them with me on the longer trips.

All participants had previous dogsledding experience on weektours with Frosty Trails – and they all choose to stay at our kennels for a week or longer, to help us train the dogs, and learn more about working with sleddogs.

Thank you guys, for a great start of the winter season, and for all the work you helped us with! Hope to see you next year!

The training team in action - getting the dogs in good shape.

The training team in action – getting the dogs in good shape.

The training team in action - training the dogs on their sleepover routines.

The training team in action – training the dogs on their sleepover routines.

Nuka, Nilak and Tjerkis take a short break.

Nuka, Nilak and Tjerkis take a short break.

Training the dogs to take a rest - while we have a coffee on the trail.

Training the dogs to take a rest – while we have a coffee on the trail.

 

 

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