Summer dog sledding in the Sancy region

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When you think of dog sledding, the image that often springs to mind is that of a snowy landscape. But this activity isn't just for winter. In fact, the Sancy region of the Auvergne offers outings with sled dogs even in summer!

Understanding sled dogs

Sled dog breeds

There are many different breeds of sled dog, but the most common are the walks in Auvergne are the Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. Not only are these dogs good at pulling, they are also friendly and enjoy the company of humans.

Sled dog training and life in summer

In summer, the sled dogs continue their training. To avoid the heat, outings are often planned early in the morning or late at night. Summer activities help to keep the dogs fit and strengthen their bond with their handlers.

Activities with sled dogs in summer

Contrary to what you might think, the sled dogs are not exclusively winter animals. These incredible athletes adapt perfectly to the summer heat of the Sancy and offer unique experiences that are different from the traditional sleigh ride.

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The cani-rando is a walking activity accompanied by a sled dog. Attached to your belt by an elastic tether, the dog helps you along your way, making the walk more fun and more dynamic. This is your chance to admire the magnificent scenery of the Sancy while sharing a special moment with your four-legged companion. Children and adults alike generally enjoy this activity, which creates a real bond between man and animal.

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The scooter is a more sporting variant. This is done on an all-terrain scooter specially designed to be pulled by one or more dogs. This type of vehicle is easy to handle and gives you a sliding sensation similar to that of a sledge, but without the snow! It's a great way to discover the wild beauty of the Sancy mountains and have fun at the same time. This activity requires a bit of technique and balance, but with the advice of professionals, you'll soon get the hang of it.


The cani-kart is without doubt the closest summer activity to sledging. This small wheeled vehicle, pulled by a team of dogs, offers a unique experience combining speed and teamwork. The driver, or musher, has to communicate with his dogs to steer the team, a chance to understand the language of these exceptional animals. The thrills are guaranteed, and you'll never look at a sled dog in the same way again!

Where to practice in the Sancy?

Presentation of some service providers or clubs

A number of service providers in the Sancy offer dog-sledding trips in summer. These include Evasion Super-Besse, renowned for its professionalism and love of dogs, and Auvergne Traineau, which offers a wide variety of activities for all ages.

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Practical information (prices, opening times, etc.)

Prices vary according to the activity chosen and the duration of the outing. It is advisable to book in advance, especially during the high season. Most service providers supply the necessary equipment, but don't hesitate to ask before your visit.

Preparing your outing with sled dogs

What to take with you

Make sure you bring appropriate clothing for the weather, walking shoes, water, a hat and sun cream. You can also bring your own equipment if you have any.

What to wear

Choose comfortable, hard-wearing clothing. In summer, prefer light, breathable clothing. Don't forget sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the sun.

Safety instructions to follow

Always follow your guide's instructions. Do not approach the dogs without permission and do not feed them without the guide's agreement. During the activity, always remain aware of your surroundings and follow the safety instructions.

At the end of the day...

A dog sledding in summer in the Sancy is an adventure that's both sporting and rewarding. It's a unique opportunity to experience the great outdoors, discover new sensations and share an original activity with family and friends.

Further information or contact

For more information, don't hesitate to contact the service providers directly. They will be happy to answer your questions and help you prepare your outing. Enjoy your outing!

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