09 August 2016

Every month with huskies

My dogteam 2012


















When you think about huskies, your first thought probably, thanks to Disney, is a fluffy dog team running in the snow white forest with Northern Lights on the sky. What about in real life, when you live with your dogs every month of every year? What do you do with them all year round to make the team work and run in winter?

In our family there has been huskies as long as children: 18 years. First ten years it was mainly for my husbands work. He worked as a wilderness guide then, but after he studied to be a fireman, some of the huskies stayed for our own trekking and as my dear hobby. 

During these years in our pack there has been 6-12 huskies all the time. I made a list of things I usually do with them every year. I start the list from august, because that is now and also because in many ways it's the begining of the season.

MONTH
TRAINING
HOW MANY DOGS 
AT TIME
THINGS TO LEARN
august
Running free on field
2
Come back to kennel
september
Short loops with PAWTREKKER
1
Turn left and right
october
30 min loops with ATV
3-4
Stop, go slow
november
First loops with sleigh
3-4
Go fast
december
1 hour loops with sleigh
6
Pause, wait
january
Add skiing trips to training
1-2
Go steady
february
2 hour loops, also with load
6
Pull weight
march
2-6 days trekking
2-6
Travel, stay overnight
april
Competition or happening
6
Meet other teams
may
Short loops with ATV
3-4
Cooling down
june
Running free on field
3
Relax with each other
july
Resting, running only in fence
6
Come, sit, groom

 Here are pictures from every month. It took me two hours to find them in all the old albums!


August: Running free on field 2010
September: Paw trekker 2011

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October: Training with ATV 2013

November: First fast sleigh rides 2009


December: driving with six dog team 2014

January: Add skiing to training 2015




February: Pulling the boys coming from a cabin 2012

March: Trekking on King's Trail 2014

April: Kuusamo Sprint 2013

May: Cooling down after last ATV loops 2013
June: The whole pack running free 2012
July: Lulu and Kirka relaxing in kennel 2008




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