Until now, my relationship with dogs has amounted to … two bites at zero. For the dogs eh, not for me! The prospect of visiting “The Huskies’ Den” was therefore moderately exciting for me. Discovering that I was going to entrust my physical integrity to a former laboratory technician, was definitely not comforting. Yet I lived an exceptional experience.
Diplomé d’État de la jeunesse, de l’éducation populaire et du sport option ” Attelage canin “, this singular ” musher ” opened his den in the summer of 2018. His ambition: to make his visitors aware of the behaviors to adopt in the presence of dogs … through an educational discovery that he has developed.
His method: the exchange. At this point in our interview, the prospect of me pawing at Nordic dogs with the benevolent smile of the blissful benign was still the stuff of nightmares. And yet…
To build my confidence, Paul began my dog education by instructing me on how to behave in the presence of a dog. Virtually, it’s pretty simple. You stay still, you present him with the palm of your hands and you avoid looking him in the eyes. In practice, you definitely feel like you’re adopting the behavior of the atoning victim. Although he assured me that a dog’s vision is blurred but that the slightest movement is likely to attract his gaze, when I entered the Huskys’ enclosure, I was in a hurry. To set the scene, he asked me to stand in a place in the enclosure where I had an unobstructed view … on the occupants of seven kennels. Siberian Huskies, Greenland Dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, Samoyeds happily greeted our intrusion with the most … agonizing barking and commotion. MY experience could begin.