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  1. Oh and they are strong. A while ago I jumped into the rabbit hole to answer the random question that had popped into my head one day: "How much horse power can a dog pull?" I found this interesting paper from 1957 where they did exactly that, to measure how much a sled dog can pull. For sustainable long distances a single trained sled dog can pull about 0.19 hp on average. But there are jolts, especially at the start to get the sled moving (like in this video for the quadbike). In the paper the maximum jolt was recorded at 0.235 hp. So for 12 dogs that means they could probably be pulling up to about 2.82 horse-power right in that video. Now short term we humans can output a lot of horse-power (think weight lifting). But if we're talking about sustainable long term, an untrained average adult can output about 0.27hp. A properly trained athlete could output as high as 0.54hp that that is probably really the absolute maximum we can reach. But.. we and dogs have a different power to weight ratio. We are heavier than dogs. So if you take the 0.19hp from the dog, divide it to their reported average dog weight (39kg), and multiple it by the average adult weight (62kg), a dog our size would output about 0.30hp. Which is in stronger than the average person!
  2. This is a video I shot a few weeks ago. We are in the middle of the training season with our dogs. We've had some snow but it has melted again. So until we have proper snow we use a quad bike to train our dogs. With up to 12 dogs in front of it (sometimes even 14) they to absolutely crazy just before we start. This time I wanted a different perspective on it, a little bit calmer... I don't know why but I love looking at this. Every dog is doing something different, so much to see. And to add to that, this was Bee yesterday before launch, lol.
  3. It's a rainy day outside. Dex and Pixel are sleeping together in their dog box filled with warm straw They both have their own dog box but prefer to sleep together most of the time.
  4. So with the temperature dropping here in the north of Sweden, we have begun our training with the dogs again. We want them to be in shape before the snow even arrives. But how do we do that exactly? That's why I decided to make this video where I'll bring you along with our training 🙂 Thought it was quite fun to make and I might just do more of these types of videos in the future as I realise there is a lot of stuff going on in dog kennels that people have no idea about. The work that is required, but also things like misconceptions.
  5. Oh, they loved it. They have been in this area before a few years ago so they knew what they were up against :-) A few days ago we had a group of people from the Canary Islands who genuinely never seen snow before. They basically turned into children, playing in the snow. Their snow angels are still visible at various spots around the kennel.
  6. Kalm had an injury on his paw some time ago and needs some time healing. So for the time being he's living with me in the house. I woke up this morning with him laying like this.
  7. Yesterday was one of the rare days that only two sleds went out, and my own three dogs were all in the teams as well. It was around -22°C and a beautiful nice day with clear skies. The guests had a blast, two of them even came from Australia. But with the clothing that we provide them with everyone was nice and warm. Took quite a few photos and here are some with my dogs in it :-) Sixten in lead on the right (with 10-year-old Treacle as 'teacher') Sixten is insane with pulling. When the sled is stopped, when he wants to go, he will go. Even when you're on the brake with all your weight he will still manage to move the sled on his own. Dex and Pixel in lead for the other sled. Some people don't realise just how much snow there is here. We make the trail by driving over it with a snowmobile a lot, which makes the snow very dense and compact. But once you go off the trail, well.. Yes. He is standing there and trying to walk through the deep snow
  8. Some photos from today with my drone :-) It's a nice day at the kennel, with the temperature hovering around -18°C.
  9. Alaskan huskies and Siberian huskies. The later is an actual breed tho where as Alaskan huskies are not. Usually a mix of Siberian and other breeds. However, this far north they're all bred for the same purpose. Pulling, running and surviving the cold. So although they look all very different they serve the same purpose. In these regions they're called Alaskan huskies and are pretty much treated as a breed on their own.
  10. Certain places next to the swamp have up to about a meter of snow. With the guests I always challenge them to see if they can reach a tree 5 meters away from the trail. Always fun seeing them almost disappear in the snow as they try to go across it, lol
  11. Sixten is doing okay. He is still a bit of a shy dog but getting better. He isn't much of a people-dog, more focused on other dogs and I think he'll always be like that. And that's fine. On the stake-out and on the sled he is fully in his element though. He absolutely loves running and is incredibly strong. Recently he got his paw hurt sadly. He must've gotten stuck with his nail on a hidden branch in the snow. He broke his nail and it had to be removed. He's recovering now and almost ready to go out again. Poor guy wants nothing but to run. He was in my house a lot. Definitely doesn't like being inside. But when I added Pixel and Dex to the mix he was definitely happier. Although it was a bit chaotic inside here in my small house, lol.
  12. During our dogsledding tours, we always take photos for the people. Usually, I also take some photos of the dogs too. Here are some of our dogs in January Dex with Scott Treacle Rosie and Alpine Taxi with loud Truman Truman and Quattro Dex and Quattro Max
  13. Pretty warm, lol. We had a week of -35 earlier. The best views happen when it's cold as that is the moment there are no clouds.
  14. The scenery is great here and is basically my backyard. This was shot in December when the sun didn't rise. What you see in the video is the brightest part of the day. Just a sunrise/sunset merged together for an hour or two and then darkness after around 13.00. Right now we have sun again. Here are some pics of the scenery yesterday when it was -22°C
  15. Yeah the pups are super strong. However, they are so excited that they sometimes just want to go in every direction at the same time, lol. But once you get them all pointed in the same direction they're really fast.
  16. In December I shot this little video of me training some of our younger dogs. Maude, Bunny and Lebowki are about a year old. We have been training them for a while and we're slowly increasing the distance for them. They were running together with Una (their mother) and Treacle and Turbo in lead. It was fun :-)
  17. I was not aware of the existence of diamond dust before I moved to the Arctic. Now I love it when it happens. In the dark, it often creates light pillars above bright light sources (it only reflects lights vertically). I don't have a photo of it myself but this one shows it quite well. And happy new year everyone
  18. We already have had lots of snow for weeks. Yesterday the second batch of snow came in. We've been out doing sleddog tours for about two weeks now. It was -16°C this morning
  19. Taken earlier today of leaddogs Treacle and Alpine
  20. He's doing great. He is still a bit shy, but when I have him in the house (like right now) I usually have him with Dex or another dog. He seems to be a lot more comfortable together with another dog. In fact, Dex wants attention and then Sixten wants some too. So they're both a little bit demanding for attention which Sixten on his own wouldn't do. He gets super excited when he can go running. And then even our guest can approach him. Here are some pics just now. Just got back from a long walk with both of them.
  21. I love how excited they get before running and the amount of energy they have while doing it. We took plenty of breaks and provided water but every time they just keep insisting on continuing on. Once they're going there's no stopping them
  22. A few days ago we brought some of our dogs to a new training area. We took them for a 25km training run. It was really good, the dogs were great. And of course we also got it all on film too, so watch for yourself how it all went. You're gonna love it It's my favourite video to make so far.
  23. He's on the skinny side yes, we're feeding him more now. And he is somewhere between 3 and 4 years old. We have about 46 dogs here. The kennels in those pictures are actually all freshly new build ones. All fences and dog boxes are built by us. That's the idea.. I sure hope so. If he runs as good as he looks my boss might borrow him for a sleddog race he's going to do this year (174km, spread over two days). That would be amazing.
  24. Hello everybody. As of a couple of days ago I've gained another dog. Meet Sixten I got him from another kennel. He's still a bit shy, and I had him inside my house last night, which was probably the first time he's ever been inside. But I'll make sure he gets plenty of attention. He's a lovely big guy, somewhere between 3 to 4 years old. He's going to be an awesome addition to the team! Legs... how do they even work. Apparently laying underneath my bed is comfier than being on my bed.
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