Have the awesome opportunity to volunteer and care for Huskies and go dog sledding! We offer the unique opportunity to live on a Canadian Husky ranch from Vancouver to the Yukon and the Canadian Rockies to the Canadian Arctic! Feed, walk, wash, clean, groom and play with the dogs! Best of all, help guide dog sledding trips and groom the tracks by snow scooter!
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Winter is of course the high season but the summer is also still a great time to visit as it will allow for more wildlife watching and activities like ATVing, fishing, hiking, biking and kayaking.
- Ride ATVs and Snowscooters!
- Get trained in the world of Dogsledding and guide dogsledding trips!!!
- Volunteer in Canada's great wilds!
- Opportunities for wildlife viewing in the surroundings of the ranch
- Volunteer with a range of different husky species and other sled dogs.
What to Expect
Daily chores: Start time is 8 am. Feeding and watering dogs on a daily basis, cleaning of kennels, during the summer months this is done twice a day. Grooming during the spring and summer, walks during the spring and summer, maintenance of kennel and dog areas (straw, fixing houses, cleaning up & maintaining the trails, keeping the storage & feed sheds clean and tidy), fixing harnesses and sleds when needed.
There are additional daily duties which change with the seasons. During the winter, which is the busiest time here, you will help the guides maintain the kennel , the dogs, and the trails . This would include use of our snow mobile to clean touring trails after the runs and assisting in the loading and unloading of dogs before and after tours. Bear in mind that winter can be very cold and you have to be prepared to be outside for long stretches of time! During the late fall and winter, you will have a chance to assist the guides with the training of the dogs.
During the Spring and Summer, we do a lot of building and repairing of the dog yard and kennel area, as well we do offer kennel tours and will bring people to the kennel to visit the dogs. Repairing and putting up new fences, taking down dead standing trees and cleaning up the trails during this time is required. If you are there during the spring and summer, you will not be dog sledding or training, but we do have a couple of dog scooters that we may use on cooler days to take dogs out for exercise. You will however have a lot of ‘hands on’ with the dogs.
Housing & Meals
Food is provided for all the husky ranches. In some cases you will have to be involved in cooking the food and helping to buy groceries.
Your accommodation will vary depending on the husky ranch you have been placed at you will either share accommodation with other volunteers in a cabin/trailer or live in the ranch house as part of the family.
You will leave a big impact on all the dogs at the husky ranches that we work with. The owners insist that volunteers are the backbone of their kennel. Not only will you be feeding, caring and playing with the dogs but you will learn a great deal about training, racing and the veterinary care of the dogs.
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