February 09, 2014
In a warm January that created challenging mushing conditions, we reflect how global climate change is incorporated into the definition of wilderness.
January 15, 2014
One of the kennels main projects this winter is providing assistance collecting scat samples for a study of mesocarnivores in the park.
December 22, 2013
The Denali Kennels is dedicating all blogs this winter to the Wilderness Act to celebrate it's 50th Anniversary.
November 10, 2013
On Nov.1, 2013 sled builder Matt Emslie trained the kennels staff in the art of traditional basket sled building. He helped us replace a very worn set of runners on the summer demo sled that he built for us a few years ago.
September 11, 2013
The tie between volunteer dog walker and canine ranger extends far beyond the leash that physically connects them.
July 18, 2013
Prusik, Munter and Clove just finished their puppy testing to help us determine their abilities and training strategies we can use to prepare them for the trail.
June 19, 2013
The story behind this year's litter of pups. How the breeding was chosen.
June 11, 2013
A look back at a few of the projects the kennels dogs assisted with this winter.
February 05, 2013
After many years of dedicated service, our NPS canine rangers deserve a wonderful retirement just like our human rangers.
February 05, 2013
Kennels staff hauls supplies along the North boundary, travel the Toklat Narrows, and Tephra earns a gold star for her performance in lead.
December 12, 2012
A more in depth look at our recent training in how to use the traditional gee pole to steer a heavy sled.
November 26, 2012
What goes into training a Denali sled dog? We discuss the different aspects of training and maintaining a working sled dog including mental and physical training as well as nutrition and health.
August 23, 2012
This blog was written to supplement the Puppy Paws Episode 4 video. If you haven't seen the Puppy Paws videos you can watch them on the kennels page at http://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/kennels.htm. Read on if you are curious to know more about what traits, both physical and mental, we are looking for in our puppies.
August 03, 2012
This week, we take you behind the scenes of one of Denali's most popular Ranger programs, the summer sled dog demonstration. Enjoy this sneak peak and perhaps you will get a first hand view of the action at some point this summer. It happens three times a day during peak season and you can find out more at http://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/kennels.htm
June 05, 2012
An update on last summer's puppies - Tatum, Carpe, Koven and Cache.
May 11, 2012
Well, last summer’s pups are nearly grown up. Not really, but in many ways it feels like it. They are not quite full sized adult dogs yet, but they have outgrown their fluffy puppy bodies and are acting more and more like grown up sled dogs. They are excellent skijorers and joined the team with the big dogs pulling the sled on patrols. So what is next? It is time to think about the next generation.