This season we are looking for a reliable and dedicated applicant, to work as a dog handler to join our successful racing kennel, from August/September 2020 to Mai 2021.
The most important task for any handler is to assist us in training the dogs, secondly to cover their daily routine early morning and evening of feeding and cleaning and lastly to assist in maintaining equipment. As we have puppies in the summer, they also need particular attention and socialization in the first few months, by providing lots of cuddles and taking long walks.
Working with the dogs you are out every day, on occasion from morning until night, you will experience intense seasonal changes and will need the ability to adapt to the rhythm of nature. The North Norwegian ‘Indian Summer’ with chanterelles and cloudberries can be enjoyed with a pack of energetic puppies, and helps pass the time whilst waiting for the next frost.
Autumn training starts on the quad bike, four to six times a week for between 1 – 3 hours per day. As soon as the first snow comes in November/December it’s time to get out on the sled. The most intense training period is from November to January covering 40 – 140km, four to six times a week in order to best prepare the dogs for the forthcoming racing season and the Finnmarkslopet 1000km race.
The hard training during the darkest time of the year is often rewarded with magnificent northern lights and starry – full moon nights in the wilderness. It can be tough in winter depending on weather conditions where even routine tasks in winter become arduous.
In return we offer you free accommodation in a separate cabin with shower and toilet, a small kitchen, internet and “pocket money”. In addition, you will learn with great care how to train a racing sled dog team through all preparatory steps needed to participate in long distance events.
From our future handler we expect: commitment, genuine interest in wanting to share your life with our dogs, independence and reliability.
If you could imagine yourself as part of our team then let us know why and what you can add! We are looking forward hearing from you