Advanced Sled Dog Sports (Course ID: 2WG-2020)
Duration: 2 weeks
Dates: Feb 17 - Mar 01, 2020
Age: Min. 18 yrs.
Cost: $2,415.00 USD (all inclusive, tax included)
Prerequisite: Letter of qualification (briefly explaining experience and expected outcomes)
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General Enrolment Prerequisites
The ES 60/40 Rule applies: Each participant is expected to contribute more to the overall course outcome than they intend to take from it. Students must be self-motivated, physically fit, able to exercise appropriate independent living skills, and willing to engage in all activities. Ultimately, promoting a respectful and safe environment is the obligation of all participants.
This unique 2-week course runs consecutively to the Earth Studies Winter Lifestyle & Animal Connection course and builds on the experiences, skill sets, and confidence acquired during the Animal Connection component.
Applicants for enrollment who have not taken previous courses with Earth Studies will have to provide proof of and demonstrate an equivalently solid level of knowledge and skills with sled dogs in order to be considered for this course. It is not for beginners.
Students will have additional opportunity to go solo dog sledding and skijoring on Earth Studies’ extensive and challenging private trail network. In addition, Earth Studies has partnered with The Dog Masters USA to offer a Dog Musher Mentorship Training course.
Main Component: Advanced Sled Dog Sports (40 hrs.)
During this intense certification course students will learn about the traditional art of advanced dog-powered sports through 40 hours of immersive group and individual workshops with our resident pack of huskies. Terminologies, equipment and technique savvy, tandem and solo dog sledding and skijoring are highlighted components of this course.
By the courses’ conclusion, students will have a solid foundation of skills and experience working with huskies and pack dynamics while pursuing their passions in animal education and sled dog related outdoor travel and sport. Students successfully completing this course will receive a certificate in kennel management and winter sled dog sports.
1.1 Dog psychology and education;
1.2 Sled dog sports training;
1.3 Leadership and risk management;
1.4 Trail, kennel and equipment maintenance;
1.5 Daily log entries and case history development;
1.6 Nutrition, conditioning, grooming and triage techniques;
1.7 Review and record individual case histories; and,
1.8 Learn to make and repair sled and dog harness equipment.