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!


  1. Tämä on kyllä kiva blogi. Ja mahtavaa kun kirjoitat kokonaan englanniksi!


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