Eastern Canada Husky Ranch Volunteer Project
Did you ever want to explore the world of dog sledding and the unique way of living the ‘remote lifestyle - if only temporarily?
This ranch is extremely popular with volunteers from around the world, who want to experience time with Huskies. The ranch is in need of volunteers all year round.
The work with the dogs and on the ranch is physically demanding and it is by no means an easy holiday option - but you knew that already right!
The minimum stay is 4 weeks and maximum is 12 weeks.
You will be surrounded by nature & wildlife. There are also endless trails for hiking and biking if that's something you like doing.
Benefits of this project
- Care for huskies and go dog sledding!
- Work in one of the most beautiful places in the world
- Live in one of the last untouched wildernesses
- Opportunities for wildlife viewing in the surrounding areas
Who Are They Looking For?
- Volunteers with a love of the outdoors and a passion for dogs is a priority.
- You should not be fussy, picky or worried about cleaning the dog kennel as this is one of the main chores.
- Smoking or the use of drugs will not be tolerated.
- A valid driving license would be an advantage but not necessary.
- Please remember that you are a guest, therefore, respecting the rules is essential.
- As you'll also be working with tourists at the ranch the owners ask for no visible tattoos or out there hairstyles. You should be presentable and tidy.
- Feeding and watering dogs on a daily basis, cleaning of kennels, during the summer months this is done twice a day.
- Grooming during the spring and summer
- Walks during the spring and summer, maintenance of kennel and dog room (straw, fixing houses, cleaning up old logs from the kennel, keeping the dog room clean and tidy)
- Fixing harnesses and sled when needed.
- There are additional daily duties which change with the seasons.
- Wood must be put on the fire first thing in the morning and last thing at night during the colder months.
- Breaking trails, cutting and splitting firewood, (using a chainsaw) is the standard work for September/October.
- May/June: repairing and putting up new fences, taking down dead standing trees and cleaning up the ranch, together with this new soil for the vegetables will be prepared.
- Winter is the busy time with the dogs and it can be very cold!
- If you are there during the spring and summer, you will not be dog sledding or training; you will however have a lot of ‘hands on’ with the dogs.
- Training on ATV’s usually starts in October/November depending on the outside temperature.
- During the spring/summer, they have some vegetable gardens that will need to be taking care of
- To complete your work to the appropriate standard
- To speak up if you do not feel comfortable completing a task
- To keep all personal belongings outside of client areas
- To ask any questions you have about your work or how we do certain things
Requirements, Guidelines & policies
- NO SMOKING is allowed on the property. Bush and Forest Fires are an enormous concern during the hot dry summers!!
- Strong work ethics are required: reliable, responsible, honest, good sense of humour, dependable, physically and mentally fit.
- Absolutely no smoking around the dogs; and never leave a cigarette on the ground because they are toxic to dogs.
- Never yell at dogs except to stop a fight.
- Do not put food between dogs – make sure that food is directly in front of the dog it is intended for.
- Do not cuddle a dog on a chain too far from it’s house. One of the neighbors might get jealous, and if they are too close together, they might get into a fight – and you would be in the middle.
- Do not leave anything hazardous or any personal items around the dogs – out of curiosity, they may consume something toxic or harmful.
- Go dog sledding regularly (only in winter)!
- Snowmobiling (only winter) often you can use ATV's when there is no snow!
- Play and care for awesome huskies!
- Enjoy the amazing nature of Canada!
- You will learn a great deal about training, racing and veterinary care of the dogs.
Things to bring from home
Clothes for extreme cold temperatures as well as for summer for warm temperatures. Make these clothes are allowed to get dirty. Make sure to bring gloves, a hat and warm socks with you. Comfortable walking shoes are essential, and you should also pack a raincoat and some sun block . Linen and towels will be provided.
What's not included?
Flights, Insurance, transfer (130 CA$ for a roundtrip),
What makes this project unique?
- It is located in the eastern Canada - closer to Europe if you're travelling there after Canada
- The amazing colourful Fall Forests of Ontario & Niagara Falls
- A large commercial project, not all dogs are huskies.
- Accommodation is a car drive away from the dogs, transport will be provided
- Laundry has to be done in the nearby town a car drive away. transport will be provided
- You will be living with 2 to 3 other volunteers off site
- Keep in mind that dogsledding requires snow so only in winter but there is plenty to do off season as well.
If you would like a free telephone consultation - we'd be happy to text you to arrange a time to talk through your choices so we can find a project to suit you and your budget best. Just complete the details below.