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Welcome to our kennel.

We have over an acre of yard fenced with six foot wood picket:

Our fence is quite an engineering feat. Built by my husband Paul and I without the assistance of machines, it totals of about sixty 10-foot pressure treated 4x4s posts and fence sections.

Each post is plugged into the ground with an 80 pound mix of cement at a depth of four feet, well below the frost level.

We attached two feet of chain link fencing to the bottom of the fence and buried that about a foot in the ground around the perimeter of the entire fence except at the gates.

To keep the dogs off the fence we have a hot electric wire along the bottom perimeter of the fence:

 

We use chain tethers to kennel our dogs outside.

Each dog gets their own space, dog house, water bucket, and food dish safe from the other dogs.

Our dogs learn that they donít have to worry about higher status dogs bothering them while they eat, and they donít have to worry about competing for den space for the night.

The space tethers use can double as free-play area. So the dogs get more room during free play as well as more kennel space.

Tethers help our dogs learn to be smart with lines, which is very important for their safety due to the power of the teams we drive.

Furthermore, we donít have to deal with any ďfence fighting.Ē The dogs are able to interact with each other, and we can easily socialize new members of the pack, thanks to the control tethers allow.

 

Our dogs do not live on tethers.

During the day they are loose in the yard together for free play when I am home to supervise them:

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Or they are on the trail working in harness.

The dogs that stay at our kennel are working sled dogs. They are not our pets.

Siberian huskies are a northern breed. All the Siberians we keep in our kennel can live perfectly well outside in our part of the country, just like their wild cousins.

 

We tether our dogs for the night as we feed them dinner. Each dog goes to their house for his or her dinner when it is his or her turn:

See our page Treats and Feed for information about what we feed or recommend.

 

Not all the dogs we own are kenneled. We have a few house dogs.

Normally house dogs spend the day in the yard for free play with the rest of the pack. At night, house dogs sleep in the house with us. We keep their doggie beds beside our own bed.

 

Puppies are whelped in the house. We use a plastic kiddie pool as a whelping box:

 

Once the pups start climbing out of the whelping pool, we use an exercise pen to contain the pups:

 

At about 4 weeks of age the pups move outside into the puppy kennel with their mother:

 

The puppies that stay at our kennel move back into the house at 8-12 weeks old.

Puppies that live in the house use the front yard for free play and bathroom duties with one or two of our house dogs:

When we keep more than one puppy at a time, they live in the puppy kennel together. They take turns getting house time and free play in the front yard with our house dogs.

Once our puppies are four months old or so, they get free play in the main yard with the rest of the pack during the day. At night they sleep in the house or in the puppy kennel.

Most of our puppies remain house dogs until about six months old, and then live in the main yard.

 

Our dogs each wear a black collar with their name and our phone number embroidered onto it.

All our dogs are microchipped.

Our team wears black harnesses with orange padding. Our gangline is also black.

We buy our customized embroidered collars and harnesses from Kryska Siberians

 

While caring for a kennel is lot of work, responsibility, inconvenience, and requires a lot of time and good time management, we enjoy having the dogs.

I cannot imagine my life without Siberian huskies.

 

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