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Howling Dog Tours

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Canmore, Canada
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About Howling Dog Tours
Howling Dog Tours is a family-run operation out of Canmore Alberta and offers visitors a unique outdoor adventure. The company runs tours in the majestic Rocky mountains, near Canmore, Banff and Kananaskis Country, which combine spectacular alpine scenery with the fun of a dogsled ride. Whether you prefer to sit back as a passenger or attempt to lead your own husky team with the help of your guide, the experience is truly unforgettable. There is plenty of interaction with the Alaskan and Siberian huskies, snacks and beverages, and a professional guide on each sled. Howling Dog offers a variety of tours, ranging from two-hour trips to half-day adventures, and can create custom trips for groups and corporations. Howling Dog Tours Ltd. is based out of Canmore, Alberta, and is not affiliated with the B.C. company with a similar name.Each tour begins with a complimentary pick up in Banff or Canmore, followed by a scenic drive to the site in the back country of the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival to the site, guests are given a brief introduction, as well as safety talk prior to being assigned to a guide. Each sled is professionally guided for the guests safety and comfort. It is company policy to only run guided sleds; it is the best way to control a dog team and still give the customer a chance to take a turn driving the team, decreasing the risk of injury to dogs and guests! The guides will make sure that each guest has appropriate gear, and if required, snow boots, pants, jackets and hats will be loaned to the guest for the tour duration - no charge! Once the guests are ready, the introduction to the team happens, where each person is encouraged to learn the dogs names, and help harness a dog. Guests are then allowed to help while the guide hooks up the dogs to the lines in front of the sled. The dogs, when walked to the line, may be lifted up to walk on their back feet - this is done to control the pressure of the collar on the neck, because the are so strong and want to pull (we call this "taking them out of 4-wheel drive!). Once out on the trail, there is plenty of time to learn more about each dog and the breed in general. The breeds you will see are the Alaskan, Siberian, and Seppala Husky. There are Iditarod and Yukon Quest veterans to meet as well as retired sprint racing dogs, still full of energy and always raring to go! Snacks and hot beverages are offered at the mid-way point of the tours. The dogs are rewarded at the end of the tour with a biscuit and bowl of water - hugs are allowed too! Each trip ends by offering for purchase (optional) a photo of the moving team and guests, taken at the start of the tour - the only photo you can't get yourself! Take some time to get the names of your team written on the back, so you can remember them for a lifetime!
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Maryanne811 wrote a review Apr. 2021
Oakville, Canada7 contributions2 helpful votes
The opportunity to go on a dog sled ride has been on my bucket list for awhile. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of my day with this group. Their staff are knowledgeable and ever so friendly. And the dogs are all well socialized. They love all the attention you wish to give them! A definite trip I will book again next winter...but for the 4 hour trip! Do not miss the chance to go in a dog sled trip with Howling Dog Tours.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Wayne R wrote a review Mar. 2021
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This was an awesome experience, it was so enjoyable being able to mingle with the dogs. They are so friendly. It was nice that we got to stop and interact with the dogs. our musher Tanya was also great as she provided lots of information regarding our dog team. Will definately be doing this again. :)
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Becky R wrote a review Mar. 2021
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Would just like to say we LOVED the tour. The mushers were phenomenal. Very friendly and professional, they took the time to get to know us and provide an incredible experience. Would like to thank them all for such a great time. The dogs were so friendly and personable. Which was a total bonus. Definitely made our day! HOWEVER. The owner Rich was very unprofessional. There was an avalanche that caused our group to be stuck on the mountain for an extended period of time. No big deal, it happens. Except for the fact that for the 2+ hours we were stuck there we witnessed the owner yelling at and belittling his staff multiple times. The staff tried to engage with the customers and encourage us to enjoy the extra time with the dogs. The owner however made this time extremely uncomfortable for the customers. We can not comment on wether the tasks he had them complete were important or not. However from a customer service stand point and a boss/employee relationship stand point; we found this quite disturbing. Something to reflect on for the future. Again, I would like to be clear that the rest of the tour was fantastic and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering this adventure!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from Howling Dog T, Owner at Howling Dog Tours
Responded Mar. 19, 2021
We are glad that the dogs and staff were enjoyed, as that is the focus of the whole experience. Unfortunate circumstances led to a delay in the vans returning back to the site after a road closure due to an avalanche. This meant that there was extra time for the guests at the site, which is not planned for. After a lengthly break, the staff were given direction to complete tasks relevant to the safety of the site, and to not leave the dogs out in the direct sun. We don't feel that it is fair to judge a supervisor/employee relationship or the relevance of direction to staff when they have no experience managing a dogsled tour company. Rich spent most of the extra time grooming the trail, and gave direction to the staff to complete specific tasks. Everything that is asked of the staff is directly related to ensuring that the tours run smoothly. No one was yelled at or belittled; all direction to staff was given for a specific reason. We feel this opinion is unfounded and unreasonable.
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Kerri-Ann M wrote a review Mar. 2021
Fort McMurray, Canada93 contributions31 helpful votes
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We've wanted to do this for awhile. You arrive at the office and sign a waiver and take a bus up a steep bumpy mountain. When you get to your spot can already feel the dogs excitement. They are barking and jumping and begging to run. We met our guide Duncan and team (Mary, Jasper, Bailey, Lightening, Frost and Roan) and helped hook up our team. Then off we went. Our guide pointed out some cool spots. And told us about Mary, who was our lead dog. She's ran the Iditarod race seven times! They just wanna pull. If you stop at all, they start barking and get all excited to go again. About halfway through we stopped for cookies and hot chocolate and lots of time to snuggle and love the dogs. Then when we got back we gave them all treats and water. Was super cool. So amazing to see all the different personalities of the dogs. Would recommend for sure!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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RonL511 wrote a review Mar. 2021
Airdrie, Canada224 contributions41 helpful votes
My wife turned 65 and this dog sledding has been on her bucket list for years . So what better gift to her on a special day. We spent 3 days in Canmore and this was the highlight.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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