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Hello Selfspa! Since you posted this question to Husky Homestead, I can really only answer on behalf of us - so thank you for your interest! Our presentations are broken up into three parts, the first of which is "puppy... More
Hello Selfspa! Since you posted this question to Husky Homestead, I can really only answer on behalf of us - so thank you for your interest! Our presentations are broken up into three parts, the first of which is "puppy time"! Our guests are greeted with puppies and given the opportunity to cuddle, snuggle and take photos. Once everyone wraps up there, our outdoor presentation begins. This portion is focused on the animal aspect of mushing: we teach you about the Alaskan Husky breed of dog; how we raise, train and name them; and where they go if they don't spend there whole lives with us. Since we are continuing to train our dogs during the summer months, we plan our training runs to occur during our tours so that our visitors can see how everything works, as well as see (& hear) the enthusiasm that our dogs have for what they do. Our teams also run on a 50' treadmill for a couple of minutes before they dart off into the woods to complete their run. Once the outside portion wraps up, we take everyone inside for a presentation that focuses more on the human aspect of mushing: you'll hear stories from the trail; hear what it's like to run the Iditarod; as well as learn it's like to live here in rural Alaska. You will see some gear that we use in both training and racing, and once that wraps up there is some time for questions of our staff. Those that wish to do so can shop for a souvenir before we load everyone up and return them to their pick-up locations. We often hear that while the puppies were great fun, most of our guests comment that they had fun AND learned something during their time with us. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. We'd love to have you join us! Happy Trails, Carrie S.