HUSKIES.CZ, Jana Henychová, Horní Maxov 176, Lučanny nad Nisou, 468 71, CZ, tel.: +420 724 045 565, e-mail: huskies.cz@seznam.cz

 

 

 

 
Husky dogsledding, mushing...
   
Czech republic, Horní Maxov in Jizera mountains

......Down the frozen way a string of wolfish dogs toil. Their bristling fur is rimmed with frost. Their breath freezing in the air as it leaves their mouth, spouting forth in plumes of vapour that settle upon the hair of their bodies and forming crystals of frost. The dog sled spans across the white fields. Glittering snow flies behind running dogs.

As you stand behind the sled pulled by dogs you have that special feeling, which is the same as polar hunters, explorers of polar lands, goldminers searching for a better cut as they had in the past. All those people have one thing in common - the connection with their dogs as their lives depended on them.

Did you read the books by Jack London in your childhood? Do you have deep in your mind the wish to try out this life? At least for a while? Here we are....

In today's fast paced lifestyle, it is not unusual for people to be seeking a retreat in nature, looking for an opportunity to connect with the great outdoors and find some peace and calm away from their normally hectic routines. Some are just people looking for an unusual or exotic experience or a chance for a new adventure. If you are one of them, love animals, the outdoors, and adventure, we invite you to come and join with a pack of loveable sled dogs in our HUSKY SCHOOL.


Our dogs are great for petting and socialization, good with children, and quite photogenic. Get a chance to learn the ropes of the trade by feeding, harnessing the dogs, helping to get them lined up, and even be the musher with your very own team! You can go for short tours, or schedule accomodations with us and stay for 3-10 days for longer tours. You will learn about the important relationship between the musher and the dogs and your role in the team.


We offer seasonal opportunities to try this amazing and fun filled sport. During winter when there is snow, sleds are the means of transportation. But during fall and spring, we also offer wheeled carts that you stand on like a sled and that we use for training for races as well as tours. Both methods are fun and challenging.


During summer we host several camps for children. This year's theme was "Polar dogs and English" and was a great success. We work to keep the activities varied and interesting, yet also active and include indoor rock climbing, rafting and hiking along with various crafts.


We offer lectures and presentations yearlong, as well as accomodations for those coming to the husky school, or just wanting to enjoy the bountiful nature and outdoor sports activities that are found here in the Jizera Mountains. Cycling, hiking in summer or downhill and crosscountry skiing in winter are just a few of the activities available in this region. We welcome visitors to stop in and pet the dogs or play with puppies, and especially enjoy field trips from the various schools visiting the area.

We are located in the northern Bohemia area, in the Jizera Mountains approximately a 90 minute drive from Prague. If you are visiting from out of the country, you might try a combination holiday and spend a few days visiting this historical, and gorgeous city at the heart of Europe.

You can find something more about us: look at this links: media or aboutus

     
     

 

 

 

Many of our guests are Czech natives, but there have also been people from as far away as New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa! During a normal year we can expect guests from Great Britan, Germany, Austria, Poland, France, Italy and Slovakia. We are able to speak both native Czech and native American English, with English being the language of the home. If you're looking for practice in English, or just the comfort of speaking English, you have found the place.


Detailed information can be found at WWW.HUSKIES.CZ which includes program options, information about accomodations, as well as pricing and rates. Gift certificates are also available to be used for the loved one you wish to surprise with something unique.

The only entrance requirement is a love of dogs.

We try to customize each person's experience to best suit them. Be the musher, or ride in the sled, but have a good time! Come one, come all! Come as strangers, but leave as friends!

 


Additionally, you can visit WWW.HUSKIESPAW.COM for a selection of t-shirts, mugs, sweatshirts and other items that provide you with souvenirs or gifts and help us with our never ending dogfood budget.


WWW.HUSKIESPAW.COM

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Weather forecast, snow situation, webcams in our location

 

1.1. LECTURES

 

 

 

1.2. THE SUMMER EXCURSION

Are you planning a trip to Horni Maxov and looking for a great target for your trip? Then come visit us for an excursion into the life of a dog pack. Come and share time with Siberian huskies. You can meet the dogs, caress them, take photos. See the sleds, harnesses and demonstration of a dog team. You can have tea or coffe and we can talk and answer your questions about dogs, mushing or sleddog races. We can also watch movies from last year's racing season...

The time of excursion: 1 to 2 hours

The price:............................................... 40,- Euro for the group of 20 children

Dates: May- September

 

 

 

1.3. ACCOMMODATION, staying with dogs

This Nordic sport is connected with the never-ending snowy distance, but what happens when the snow melts and the sun beams heat the earth? Then comes the offer for the summer season when one can do a huge amount of activities possible in the Jizera Mountains and spend the time with the four-legged friends as well.

Accommodation: the house in Horní Maxov HERE

Program: It is up to you, but you can take maximum advantage of the opportunity to be as much as possible in contact with the whole pack of dogs. Volunteer with no limits and every helping hand is welcome.

During the day you can make trips, walking or ride the moutainbike and in the evening sit by the fire, or enjoy the nearby pub .... it depends on you.

Food: you can cook in the kitchen or to go to the restaurants closeby.

The length of stay: up to dial

Price: ................................................40,- Euro per one room for the night

Price includes: accommodation

Dates: May- September

 

 

 

1.4. THE VISIT, you are welcome any time :-)

 

 

 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from that point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

1.5. DOGTREKKING

Dogtrekking je výlet do přírody se psem, který Vám má pomáhat a zároveň i být Vašim společníkem. V našem okolí najdeme řadu možností pro krásné vycházky do jizerskohorské přírody s výhledem do krajiny ze dvou rozhleden, které můžeme při našem putování navštívit. Cestou se dovíte zajímavosti ze života severských psů i z historie regionu- sklářství, přírodní zajímavosti,... Pokud bude velké teplo, tak zastavíme u vody a necháme psy vykoupat a pak zase můžeme pokračovat dál a třeba zastavit na malé občerstvení u nějaké místní restaurace. Každý výlet přináší něco jiného podle toho koho cestou potkáme a kam nás nohy zanesou. Ve společnosti psů můžete strávit příjemný půlden v krásné přírodě a zapomenout tak na chvíli na starosti běžných dní.

Vybavení: Každý účastník bude vybaven speciálním opaskem určeným pro dogtreking a vodítkem pro psa s amortyzérem, který tlumí rázy tahu psa a šetří Vaše záda.

Cena:............................................... 1.500,- Kč za osobu

Délka trvání programu: 3-4 hodiny

Termín: jaro, léto, podzim

 

 

 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from that point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

1.6. DOGTREKKING- hike with overnight camping

Dogtrekking je výlet do přírody se psem, který Vám má pomáhat a zároveň i být Vašim společníkem. Tento výlet je ale zvláštní tím, že se budete v těchto 24 hodinách starat o psa, který Vám důvěřuje a je jenom na Vás závislý. Na svých zádech si ponesete většinu věcí, které budete v těchto hodinách potřebovat: spacák, karimatku, něco k jídlu pro sebe i pro psa. Vyzkoušíte si rozdělávání ohně bez pomoci zápalek a třeba i nějaké další skautské dovednosti.

Cestou se dovíte zajímavosti ze života severských psů i z historie regionu- sklářství, přírodní zajímavosti,... Pokud bude velké teplo, tak zastavíme u vody a necháme psy vykoupat a pak zase můžeme pokračovat dál až do místa, kde budeme nocovat.

V našem okolí najdeme řadu možností pro krásné vycházky do jizerskohorské přírody s výhledem do krajiny. Délka tůry vždy záleží na zdatnosti účastníků. Každý výlet přináší něco jiného podle toho koho cestou potkáme a kam nás nohy zanesou. Ve společnosti psů můžete strávit příjemný den a noc v krásné přírodě a zapomenout tak na chvíli na starosti běžných dní.

Vybavení: Každý účastník bude vybaven speciálním opaskem určeným pro dogtreking a vodítkem pro psa s amortyzérem, který tlumí rázy tahu psa a šetří Vaše záda. Pes bude mít speciální batoh, kde může nést část Vašeho nákladu.

Je potřeba si přivézt: spacák, karimatku, batoh, dobré oblečení, čelovou lampu

Cena:............................................... 4.000,- Kč za osobu

Délka trvání programu: cca 26 hodin ( od 12:00 jednoho dne do 14:00 druhého dne)

Termín: jaro, léto, podzim

 

 

 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from that point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

1.7. SCOOTER

Jízda na koloběžce se psy má své kouzlo. Ucítíte tu sílu a chuť psů běžet, že z toho budete až překvapeni. Máme úplně nové koloběžky od firmy Tektoss u kterých oceníte hlavně jejich kvalitní brzdy.

 

Na tomto výletě Vám má pes pomáhat a zároveň i být Vašim společníkem. V našem okolí najdeme řadu možností pro krásné vyjížďky do jizerskohorské přírody s výhledem do krajiny. Cestou se dovíte zajímavosti ze života severských psů i z historie regionu- sklářství, přírodní zajímavosti,... Pokud bude velké teplo, tak zastavíme u vody a necháme psy vykoupat a pak zase můžeme pokračovat dál a třeba zastavit na malé občerstvení u nějaké místní restaurace. Každý výlet přináší něco jiného podle toho koho cestou potkáme a kam nás psi zanesou. Ve společnosti psů můžete strávit příjemný půlden v krásné přírodě a zapomenout tak na chvíli na starosti běžných dní.

Vybavení: Každý účastník bude vybaven speciálním opaskem určeným pro dogtreking, vodítkem pro psa s amortyzérem a koloběžkou. Helmu si prosím přivezte svoji!!! Když přibalíte i rukavice a brýle, tak tím nic nezkazíte.

Cena:............................................... 3.000,- Kč pro 2 osoby

Délka trvání programu: 3-4 hodiny

Termín: jaro, podzim

 

 

 

1.8. CHILDREN´S SUMMER COURSE 2013

Dates:

July 7- July 13, July 21- July 27, August 4- August 10, August 18- August 24, 2013

We offer a variety of arts and crafts which in the past have included painting, beadwork, felting, custom t-shirts, and more, and new this year will be native american crafts. We combine this with a variety of outdoor activities such as rafting, indoor rock climbing, hiking, camping for one or two nights in a teepee, outdoor skills, and are looking at adding archery and some other new activies.
A s always there is the potential for puppies, and time caring for dogs and playing.
there is a focus on speaking english during all activities to aid in conversational abilities and developing new vocabulary.

We are offering a one week stay in the Jizera Mountains. It will be a camp for children with huskies, and a program developed by native American English speaker Rodney Lovette and his wife, musher and breeder, Jana Lovette Henychova. They have combined experience in organizing various outdoor activities through their husky school. All information is available HERE ,

summer-flyer-2013en.pdf

 

 


 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from the point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

2.1. THREE-HOUR CARD COURSE:

The program is offered to one or two persons at a time.


ITINERARY FOR THREE-HOUR COURSE:

1st. hour welcoming, introduction to the safety rules, briefing, getting to know the dogs, harnessing the dogs
2nd. hour You can learn and experience how to drivet the cart with four dogs, a short trip in the musher position of a Sledge Dog Team in the safety of a well trained and equiped team. You will be under the guidance of the experienced mushers throughout the whole trip.
3th. hour
Unharnessing the dogs, feeding them, analysis .Coffee, cake, talking about dogs, looking at l movies and photogalleries...



Price:......................................... 120,- Euro is the price for the three-hour course

Price includes: Professional tuition, use of the sleds, equipment, dogs, a snack – coffee, tea, dessert ...

The participants will supply: their own insurance, suitable clothing, suitable boots.

DATES: November- March

Program modification or cancellation on the grounds of bad weather conditions reserved!!!

 

 

 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from that point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

2.2. Autumn, we start to train and you can be with us!!!!

In autumn there come cold mornings and days and there also comes the time of training and it is the beginning of the preparation for the season. The training of the dogsled takes place on the 4-wheel-carts equipped with a breaking system. This year we have three carts so even you can take part in the training. The trails are about 30km all around the Jizera mountains. In my opinion the autumn time there is the most wonderful and you can enjoy the autumn beauty of the mountains at the dogsled. The trip can include overnight sleeping under the open sky. The greatest advantage of the autumn rides is that the mountains are empty and belong just to you and the dogs. Autumn months are just the most fantastic!!!

Accommodation: the house in Horní Maxov HERE

The length of stay: longer then one day, up to negotiation

Price:.................................... 120,- Euro per one person, per day

Capacity: maximum 2 people at once

The price includes: Professional tuition, use of the carts, equipment, dogs, all meals, accommodation

Your equipment: We recommend - waterproof, warm clothes, gloves, good boots . Not expensive and new clothes, rather old clothes, suitable for soiling.

Term: September - November

Program modification on the grounds of bad weather conditions reserved!!!

 

 

 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from that point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

3.1. THREE-HOUR SLED COURSE:

The program is offered to one or two persons at a time, plus max. two children (under 30kg) included in the price.


ITINERARY FOR THREE-HOUR COURSE:

1st. hour welcoming, introduction to the safety rules, briefing, getting to know the dogs, harnessing the dogs
2nd. hour You can learn and experience how to drive dogsleds with four dogs, short trip in the musher position of a Sledge Dog Team in the safety of a well trained and equiped team. You will be under the guidance of the experienced mushers throughout the whole trip.
3th. hour
Unharnessing the dogs, feeding them, analysis. Coffee, cake, talking about dogs, looking at l movies and photogalleries...



Price:......................................... 160,- Euro is the price for the three-hour course

Price includes: Professional tuition, use of the sleds, equipment, dogs, a snack – coffee, tea, dessert ...

The participants will supply: their own insurance, suitable clothing, suitable boots.

DATES: November- March

Program modification or cancellation on the grounds of bad weather conditions reserved!!!

 

 

 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from that point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

The program can only be offered to two persons at a time as a maximum.
THREE-DAY COURSE:

 

Either with bivouac or without

1st day

morning: or preceding evening: arrival, accommodation, breakfast- in the case of arriving the evening before.
forenoon: Welcoming, introduction to the safety rules, briefing, getting to know the dogs, harnessing the dogs and short trip with sled in the load position .
  lunch
afternoon: You can learn and experience how to drive dogsleds with four dogs, short trip in the musher position of a Sledge Dog Team. Unharnessing the dogs, feeding them.
  dinner
evening: Talking about dogs, looking at laptop movies and photogalleries...

2nd day

With bivouacing
  breakfast
forenoon: Everyday work with dogs, winter entertainment - winter maintainance, Preparation for the departure to bivouac
  lunch
afternoon: Our trip to the place of bivouacing for cca 2 hours
  dinner
evening: Putting up tents or heating the cabin, feeding dogs, campfire and bivouacing
Without bivouacing
  breakfast
forenoon: Our trip with dogs for cca 2 hours, snow shoes, cooking on the snow
  lunch
afternoon: Winter entertainment- winter maintainance, feeding dogs
  dinner
evening: Sauna, evening of amusement

 

3rd day

With bivouacing
  breakfast
morning: Our trip to get back from bivouacing place, return from the drive, unharnessing dogs
  lunch - analysis, conclusion, the end of the course.
Without bivouacing
  breakfast
morning: Everyday work with dogs, Our trip with dogs for cca 1 hour
  lunch - analysis, conclusion, the end of the course

Price:.........................................400,- Euro for the three-day dogsledding course for one adult


The price includes: Professional guidance, providing sleds, equipment, dogs, accommodation, 2x breakfast, 3x lunch, 2x dinner, a snack: coffee, tea, a dessert...

The participants are expected: To supply their own insurance, suitable clothing, suitable boots, a functional head lamp with a pack of spare batteries, a sleeping bag and a mat suitable for winter weather.

 

Program for your children:

If you are coming with your children we can arrange your program so even the little ones could take a part in it and try to go with the sleddogs too...

Prices for children, including babysitting and food:

children < 6 years: 25% price, children > 6 years: 50% price, children > 12 years: 75% price, >18 years: 100% price

Program modification or cancellation on the grounds of bad weather conditions reserved!!!

DATES: November- March

 

 

 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from that point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

3.3. Winter, we train dogs on the snow and you can be with us!!!!

If three days is not enough for you, we can arrange for you to join us for a longer period of time. If you decide to take this option, the first three days will be made up of the basic course, to teach you the logical basics of the training. After the first three days, you will then become part of the normal daily life of the dogs and the dog trainers and you will be involved in all the daily work that is required of the dog trainers, day in and day out. You will be part of the normal functioning and work of the dogs at Horni Maxov, which is an integral part of everyday life ....


Accommodation: the house in Horní Maxov HERE

The length of stay: longer then three days, up to negotiation

Price:.................................... 120,- Euro per one person and day

Capacity: maximum 2 people in once

The price includes: Professional tuition, use of the sleds, equipment, dogs, all meals, accommodation

Your equipment: Mushing is an active sport and being active keeps mushers warm. Loose clothing is much better than tight clothing and numerous thin layers are better than one thick layer. Take please gloves and very important is to have good shoes for walking in the deep snow.

Term: November- March

Program modification on the grounds of bad weather conditions reserved!!!

 

 

 

 

 

At the beginning of each course all mushers will be introduced to the basic safety rules and from that point on throughout the whole course the participants will act on their own risks!!!!

4. Sleddog program for children - excursion with ride as a passenger

Are you planning a trip to Horni Maxov and looking for a great target for your trip? Then come visit us for the excursion into the life of a dog pack.

Come and share time with Siberian huskies. You can meet the dogs, caress them, take photos. See the sleds, harnesses and enjoy sitting in the sled pulled by dogs as a passenger on the short circuit behind the house. It is a great possibility for children and their parents. Those who may suffer from the cold can wait for the others inside, relaxing in the kitchen with the warm stove, drinking tea or coffe:-).

The time of excursion: from 1 to 2 hours

The price:............................................... 60,- Euro per hour - the group of les then 10 people

Dates: November- March

 

 

 

4. PROGRAM FOR COMPANIES AND BIG GROUPS here

 

 

Who is this for?

 

The age or physical fitness does not matter. It is always possible to modify the program for everyone, for families with small children, for high active athletes or for seniors wanting to relax. I have also experience with physically handicapped people and I can say that even the blindness is not an obstacle to enjoy the time with sleddogs...

Everyone can either choose to really drive his team of dogs or have a ride in a sleigh ...

 

How to book?

If you want to book or discuss the program in which you are interested, or if you have any futher questions please feel free to contact us on e-mail : huskies.cz@seznam.cz . We can try together to choose for you the best option and find the acceptable date.

Reservations are accepted only after the payment.

Note: Don't be disappointed! Book your ride or lesson early! If you wait until the winter season to contact us,
there's a good chance we will already be booked for the season.
Plan ahead and contact us early in the season ...or better yet, book now for next year!

 

Would you like to donate The GIFT VOUCHER to someone?

1. Please choose the program and send by e-mail your order and name of person, for whom the voucher is intended.

2. An E-mail will be sent to you with confirmation and an invoice with a your registration number.

3. The Registration number will be used as verification in the payment transfer. The voucher becomes valid after the payment.

4. You will receive a voucher via e-mail in the form of JPG with a name. Just print. In addition, you will receive an e-mail with other important information: MANUAL-where, how, what, etc. ..

5. We can discuss the date. The general validity of the voucher is two years from the date of issue.

 

A few tips before the arrival...

Where to find us?

The best way to Maxov is following this procedure: follow the highway from Prague, to Liberec, before Liberec take the turning off from the highway in the direction of Jablonec nad Nisou. Go through Jablonec and follow direction Tanvald (Harrachov). In the first village after Jablonec, which is called Lučany you will find the info sign Horní Maxov , turn left and follow the main street. Go along the main road, which is surrounded by bus stops of the city bus, which end in Horni Maxov. Follow the main road. (Don´t turn to hotel Horni Maxov, the direction is to Josefův důl, don´t go straight to Karlov village, this is not in our direction). After 5km on the main road you will reach Horní Maxov - the church. Pass the church and bus stop on the left. Go passed the restaurant U Tonička on the right and turn to left (opposite of the entrance to the restaurant). Go straight, after about 800 meters the road starts a slight climb. Stay on the right and at the first opportunity turn to the right. To make sure that you are in the right place: you can see in front of you on the left hand side a tourist map with the heading Horni Maxov a traffic sign 3,5 t. Go straight ahead for 1 km. At the first turning of the road you are standing in front of the house surrounded by a wooden fence. Well, you are here. Parking and entrance to the house is on the other side ... You are WELCOME!

HORNÍ MAXOV - House

N 50 45´ 57,1´´, E 015 11´ 55,7´´

 

HRANIČNÁ- Summer camp

 

What to wear?

Take comfortable sports clothes. Not too warm, because you will have enough heat due to the movement. It is good to come in one set of clothes and to have your old clothes ready to go to the dogyard. Remember that clothing for dogs can be messed up or torn... It is important to have comfortable shoes to walk in deep snow or in mud. It is also good to have gloves, hat, glasses against flying snow (mud).

What to take with you and what not to take?

Definitely, take with you a good mood, a camera and if you like, your family or friends as spectators.

If you like, you can bring tidbits for the dogs, but it is really not neccerary :-).

Please don´t bring with you your pets!

How to get the most from your huskies adventure?

Get involved and be open-minded. The more that people get involved in caring for the huskies, learning the huskies' names, helping the guides and being a part of the team, the more people get out of the trip. Be open-minded to the opportunity to try new experiences.

What is the weather like in our place??

Current informations HERE

       

 

Webcam SEVERÁK, about 5km far from us

 

Do you have more questions?

 

In case you have any further questions please feel free to contact me by e-mail: huskies.cz@seznam.cz or

call the phone: Jana Henychová +420 724 045 565

 

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