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Our Dogs

Your dog team is made of Alaskan huskies, a breed known for its strength, speed, and stamina. Our dogs’ natural ability and training make traveling many miles easy. They are well socialized and less aggressive than the freighting dogs. The Alaskan husky is a unique breed you will never find on the show rink. These dogs were bred at the turn of the century during the gold rush days in Alaska.

For thousands of years humans and dogs have depended on each other to survive in the north. Dogs made it possible for Inuit to live in the Arctic, for explorers to reach the poles, and for Alaskan gold seekers to search for gold. The rich history of dogsledding comes alive every winter for people on White Wilderness sled dog trips.

Over the course of your trip you will come to know each dog as a unique individual. It is our sled dogs with their skills, strength, training and distinct personalities that are the backbone of our programs.

Dog in training running up a ramp across a board

We are committed to working with our dogs. One of the few sled dog trip providers training dogs year round, we believe the extra time invested in training ensures a higher quality, more enjoyable trip for you, and a fuller life for our dogs.

Training is important, and during off-season months, we spend much time one-on-one leader training.

We use agility training (teaching dogs to run through an obstacle course) to build confidence and trust in our dogs.

On cool fall mornings before the snow starts flying, we build up strength and endurance by training with a 4-wheeler instead of a sled.

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