Quite often our guests ask where our dogs live and how it is possible for us to look after that many dogs at the same time. Here is some information about how we do it. You are still welcome to ask questions and during the summer kennel is open for visitors.
Where and how do the dogs live?
All dogs have their own house. It is important that roof and floor are isolated for them to stay dry inside. From autumn and during the winter we regularly put straw in for them to sleep on, whilst during the summer they need it at cold as possible and we remove it all. We use gravel in the dog yard which is easy to keep clean, and what is most cold to sleep on in the summer.
Most of our dogs are chained to their houses which means that they have no fence to their neighbors nor to us when we are there. Chain is 2 meters long which give an area of 12 square meters to move on, or 17 as they move a bit longer with their body. However, their homes are mostly for eating and sleeping as they are out training a lot. Still, some of them enjoy walking around and also play with their closest mates in between resting.
What is also important for sled dogs is the connection to their pack. We are together with them most of the day, but having their pack members around is mostly important not only when they rest but also when they train or run loose playing.
Dog yard needs cleaning 1 or 2 times a day. At our kennel it is a routine in the morning always, all days in the year.
From autumn 2021 we have a warm room a house at the kennel with large cages for dogs to rest inside. It will be nice for dogs that have been training long distances when weather is cold or in case of injured dogs. Sometimes we also have dogs in our house if one needs extra attention. Puppies are always planned to come during spring/summer but in case of a non-planned litter during winter the warm kennel will be nice for them stay in the first weeks.
What and how often do they eat?
Our dogs are partly eating high quality dog food from Vigor and Sage. In addition, we produce our own dog food with left overs from a local slaughterhouse. It happens also that we slaughter animals that cannot be used as food for humans like old horses. Raw meat with some extra vitamins and oil is perfect dog food as well as the food from Vigor and Sage that we recommend.
During winter season dogs are given a soup that is dog food, water and a bit of oil to make sure they have enough liquid. On touring days or days with training they also have a piece of meat in the middle of the day. Finally, in the evening we feed their main meal which amount is adjusted to each dog. Our boss, Leif Tore is the one taking care of the main meal always as he knows them all and what they need.
During the summer one meal is enough as the dogs are less active. Fresh water 24hrs is important in the summer.