25 May 2013

The map on the table

Good news:
The map is on the dining-room table.
And we are looking at it with my husband.
At this point I can't tell you much,
but I can say we have started planning next winter.
And is the map of Sweden.

The spring came fast.
My horse is eating green grass now,
and the swallows fly around the house.

In the past weeks we went quite often walking to the fields with our sleddogs.
Like this:

But now we are having problems with reindeer:
They always come near our farm so that the dogs can see them.
It's too big risk to let them run free!
Our dogs are nice, but no dog can resist if a reindeer runs in front of the nose...
And who knows what might happen.
Sometimes we think we should put fences all around our farm,
so that we could be able to play with our own dogs.
Sometimes it seems unfair the reindeers can go anywhere.

Summe rholiday is near.
School ends on the 1st of June.
Then I will hopefully have time for agility with Riia, our german shepherd.
Here is some training at home -
Not traditional method :)

03 May 2013

First time in team - on the last snow

Just before the snow melted we had time for basic training with our new dog.
 Here are the steps we took with her: 

First couple of weeks in april we trained her to run free - on by one with all our dogs. 
At the same time we asked her often to come to us and gave her little treats when she did so.
When you do this every day, you build a strong connection with the dog. 
It's very good to build trust with a dog so, that she always knows for sure it is good to come to people. 

Not all of us know there is gravity....

Second thing we did was to put her in a chain.
First for a few hours, then whole day and finally day and night.
It is important for a young dog to get used to the idea of being connected to something,
before you try him or her with a team.

Third step was running in a four dog team.
First loop was only 1,5 kilometers - just to get the idea.
She did great! She was ready to run from the start.

First time

Fourth and final step before we lost all the snow was to go skiing with her.
Most of the time she was running free, but for short moments we let her try pulling the skier so, that an other person was going in front of her and encouraging her. This was just ment to give her an idea about pulling also alone, without other dogs. It is a lot to ask for such a young dog, but she did so great     in team, that it seemed OK to try this a little bit.
Last time on the snow

So, now the snow is gone.
In spring and summer time there are many things we can do with our huskies
- And also with my horse!
I try and tell about them here in my blog.
Thank you for reading!