Intensive Courses in Sleddog Guiding

Our short 'experiential' guide training packages are from 1 day to 1 week in length and are available year-round, apart from in December when we are simply too busy to fit in short-term training. If you are keen to come for a different length of time to those specified then just contact us directly - we may be able to come up with a customised product for you.

Week-Long Husky Guide-School
3 day guide school
Day in the life of a husky guide

Week-Long Husky Guide-School:

We run 2 or 3 week-long intensive guide schools during the year; a Summer Training Week, an Autumn Training Week and a Winter Conditioning Week

The course is presented in a modular format. Some of these modules are consistent through all courses and all seasons (for instance helping with basic care routines and basic meds) whilst others can be selected or left out depending on the interests of the participating group. If there are big differences in interest within the group, we may also be able to split the group to a degree if some, for instance, are more interested in ethics or dog care and others in the preparation of equipment. In other words, there is a high degree of flexibility built into the course structure and one of the first things we do at the end of your first morning on the farm is to sit down and talk through what it is that you really hope to get out of the week, so that we can then structure the rest of the week accordingly.

Depending on how busy the time frame is, you will also have the opportunity to 'play' in the area with the guides after work on at least a couple of evenings. In summer months, for instance, participants have participated in local hikes and paddles and have even attended local events with the guide group after work hours.

2015 Dates

The 2015 Autumn Training Week will run from October 2nd - 8th 2015. (Ground-only dates: October 3rd - 7th).
Price: €999 including 6 nights accommodation in a hotel and half board.

Autumn conditioning training with the dogs is one of the most dog-intensive times of year in the life of a guide since we have to train them (by dog-sleigh or quad) through as many hours as possible, each day. Hence, we have a variety of options for people who would like to join us to work alongside our guides at this time of year but our week-long program is an intensive one in which the participants select a number of optional modules as well as following a pre-defined basic course in working with sled-dogs.

The 2015 Winter Guide-School will run from November 27th - December 3rd 2015. (Ground-only dates: 28th - 2nd).
Price: €1200 including 6 nights accommodation in a hotel and half board.

At the end of November / start of December there is normally snow on the ground. Some years we will have been mushing already for 2 months and the dogs have settled into their routines and are well behaved. Other years, they are just starting to transition to snow at this time - and the rest of the daily and weekly tasks have to slot in, regardless.

The 2016 Spring Guide-School will run from April 17th - April 23rd 2016. (Ground-only dates: 18th - 22nd).
Price: €1200 including 6 nights accommodation in a hotel and half board.

This period, towards the end of our winter snow season, is a time to play and work on GEE HAW training, speed training etc with the dogs. The mushing we do at this time can be quite challenging as we work on trails we have just opened specifically for directional training but it is also a fun time to work with the dogs in teams.

3 day Guide School

If you would either like to spend a few days simply working alongside the guides or cuddling with and walking dogs, come and spend a long weekend with us. We can tailor the experience to what you are interested in and also go through a selection of the training modules we teach during the week-long course. You will definitely get a good insight into the daily life of the guides and will for sure find it hard to say goodbye to your favourite dogs upon departure.

Available: Year-round (excluding peak season months).
Duration: 3 days
Price: €549 including 2 nights hotel accommodation and half-board.

Day in the Life of a Husky Guide

This product is designed for those who want a real connection with the dogs and a true understanding of life in the Arctic. You will get a behind-the-scenes insight into the rewards and challenges of life as a husky guide as you spend your day - at any time of the year - being mentored by an experienced guide. You will learn how to handle and train the dogs, how to socialise the pups, how to maintain a healthy environment for the dogs, and how to feed 100+ adults and pups 2 to 3 times per day. We will target the day towards your specific interests and make sure that you get a chance to join in with anything that particularly interests you. You may find, depending on when you visit, for instance, that you are out preparing the training tracks by skidoo, riding sledges or quadbikes as part of our standard dog-training programme or even helping with a kennel building or farm maintenance project. Lunch will be spent in the guide house, sharing stories and asking questions from guides so you will have every chance to leave with a real insight into life in this primarily reindeer-herding community. If you are here in snow season, we will of course make sure that you get to mush!

Available: Year-round (excluding peak season months: December & February).
Duration: 1 day
Summer Price: €150

Winter Price: €195