Intensive 1 week Sleddog Guiding Courses

Our intensive 'experiential' guide training programmes are 1 week in length and are available during our low season. We offer courses in Autumn, early Winter and Spring.


2017 Autumn Dates

These dates cover the start of our autumn training season which kicks off, always, with work on the quads, fat-tyre kick bikes, buggies etc. When the dogs first start running again they are more fiesty than later on in the season, so guides have to be skilled in the combinations they pick and the calm speed at which they work. This is a full-on training time with the dogs and extra hands to calm excited dogs, are always useful.

AUTUMN COURSE DATES

7-day Sleddog Training Course

Availability

Week 38: Sept. 17th - 23rd Places Available
Week 39: Sept. 24th - 30th Places Available
Week 40: Oct. 1st - 7th Places Available
Week 41: Oct. 8th - 14th Places Available

EARLY WINTER DATES

It is likely, but not guaranteed, that there will be snow on the ground at this time. However, we do occassionally have very icy weeks in which we have to limit training to avoid risk to the dogs. You could, therefore, experience pretty much anything at this time from full-on quad training to full-on sleigh training.

EARLY WINTER COURSE DATES

7-day Sleddog Training Course

Availability

Week 42: Oct. 15th - 21st Places Available
Week 43: Oct. 22nd - 28th Places Available
Week 44: Oct. 29th - Nov. 4th Places Available
Week 45: Nov. 5th - Nov. 11th Places Available

SPRING COURSE DATES

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. It is also when the new pups are generally introduced to running for the first time. 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 that makes it one of the most fun times to work with the dogs in teams.

SPRING COURSE DATES

7-day Sleddog Training Course

Availability

Week 14: April 1st - 7th Places Available
Week 15: April 8th - 14th Places Available
Week 16: April 15th - 21st Places Available
Week 17: April 22nd - 28th Places Available
Week 18: April 19th - May 5th Places Available

We cover the same modules, year-round. However, the training that we do with the dogs differs with each season. Hence, think carefully about when you want to be here in order to get the most out of the experience. Summer Training Week, an Autumn Conditioning Week and a Spring Fine-tuning 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 autumn months, for instance, participants have participated in local hikes and paddles and have even attended local events with the guide group after work hours. In early winter and spring, snowshoe hikes and ski trips are possible.

Price: €1200

Price Includes: 6 nights accommodation in a hotel and half board.