Dog Sled Rides & Tours

We are booked for Rides but we have Tours available.

All of the spots for Rides are booked, but we have times available for Kennel Tours. Call us to book your Kennel Adventure.

Hug the dogs, learn all about driving a dog sled and experience the world of dog sledding.

“SLEDDOG ADVENTURE RIDES”- Option 1

Enjoy the great outdoors, the excitement of dogsledding, and getting the thrill of running a dog sled team.  We have a special touring double sled that allows guests to stand and drive, or sit and enjoy, the awesome sport of dogsledding.  We are the only Guide Service in Northern Lower Michigan that allows the musher to drive the sled.  The rides travel through Shemhadar Kennels woods and allow our guests to get the full experience of dogsledding in a smaller amount of time.  The rides are about 3 miles long, and you will travel with a driver behind you to coach you through the ride.  With Hot Cocoa and Cookies, and as many hugs and pictures with the dogs as you would like, you will have an experience you won’t forget!

Price for dog sled rides are by the ride, so family and friends are welcome. Even if they are not getting a ride, friends can listen to the instructions, learn about the dogs, and enjoy the great outdoors at Shemhadar Kennels. Usually we can get in 2 rides in per hour, so if there are 5 guests that would like rides, I would plan at least two hours.  If you have 6 riders, plan for about 3 hours and enjoy the day.

Cost for Rides:

  • $150 if you are coming by yourself with no additional riders.
  • $100 per rider if there are 2 or more riders. Each Rider will go by themselves with the guide.

If you have a (only 1) child between 30-50lbs., they can ride in the front of the sled with you for an additional $50.  Total rider’s weight with child in front seat cannot exceed 250lbs.

Depending on conditions and speed of the trail, 4 rides may take up to 2 hours.  You may bring Observers with you.  There is no charge for observers, but we suggest bringing a few doggie treats for the dogs or chocolate chip cookies for the trail hands.  🙂

Reservation Donation/Deposit to book an Adventure: In order to book a ride with Shemhadar, there is a $25 Non Refundable Donation/Deposit to the Kennel.  Do not make the deposit until instructed when you’ve made your reservation by phone. There is a great deal of time and effort in order to coordinate all the rides and reservations, and a year-round expense to feed and look after the dogs.  If for some reason you cancel or the weather prohibits a safe riding experience, or is unsafe for the Dogs or Guests and we need to cancel, this will help the kennel with dog food and expenses.  If we cancel due to weather and if we have openings later in the year and you re-book, you will not need to do a second Donation/Deposit.




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“THE MUSHER EXPERIENCE”  –  Option 2

Learn to mush on your own!

Enjoy more time on the trail with Tim, Gina & their four-legged athletes… You’ll spend time visiting the kennel where you’ll learn to harness, all about the sleds, how to hook up dogs and which dog positions.  After that, you will get to drive with a trainer.  Then, you’ll get your own team and enjoy two rides around on the trails.  This is the plan of the musher experience but it can be altered once you are here if you do not end up wanting to have your own team.

They may pull you on a traditional sled with 2, 4, or 6 dogs, depending on snow conditions!

Price:  $300 per person.    1 Person = $300,   2 persons = $600,   3 persons = $900.  If you have more than 3, we can reduce the amount of times you drive on your own.  Please realize, we will be out in the cold for up to 3 hours, so having young children will be difficult because of the maturity levels needed to be responsible for the team.  Guests MUST be physically fit.   We are happy to adjust to help your party have an optimal experience.

Please see FAQ page for specifics and restrictions, including fitness levels.

Reservation Donation/Deposit to book an Adventure: In order to book a ride with Shemhadar, there is a $25 Non Refundable Donation/Deposit to the Kennel.  Do not make the deposit until instructed when you’ve made your reservation by phone. There is a great deal of time and effort in order to coordinate all the rides and reservations, and a year-round expense to feed and look after the dogs.  If for some reason you cancel or the weather prohibits a safe riding experience, or is unsafe for the Dogs or Guests and we need to cancel, this will help the kennel with dog food and expenses.  If we cancel due to weather and if we have openings later in the year and you re-book, you will not need to do a second Donation/Deposit.




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 “A TASTE OF MUSHING FOR GROUPS “Option 3

Short rides and doggie kisses!

If your group would like to visit our kennel and experience a ride too — reserve “A Taste of Mushing for Groups.”  We’ll give your gang (family reunions, birthday parties, work office outings, friends with kids, etc) a 2-4 hour experience to include a custom kennel visit and short rides for everyone.

And unlike the program “The Mushing Sport” presentation described below, the group will get a presentation, and feel the thrill of a dog sled rides.  If your group is very large, we can do half rides instead of full rides.   Our challenge is how long you want your group to be outside.   Believe me… it’s just about as fun to watch the teams come and go!

Price:  At a group rate, we start at $200 for the group presentation and then add $50 ride.  We can accommodate up to 12 riders in a 3 hour time slot.  We can make each experience unique to your group’s needs.  It is best to call and talk to us regarding your group size and desires.

Rides are not suitable for most kids under 4 years of age, so toddlers must ride on an adult’s lap.   FAQ page for specifics and restrictions.

Reservation Donation/Deposit to book an Adventure: In order to book a ride with Shemhadar, there is a $25 Non Refundable Donation/Deposit to the Kennel.  Do not make the deposit until instructed when you’ve made your reservation by phone. There is a great deal of time and effort in order to coordinate all the rides and reservations, and a year-round expense to feed and look after the dogs.  If for some reason you cancel or the weather prohibits a safe riding experience, or is unsafe for the Dogs or Guests and we need to cancel, this will help the kennel with dog food and expenses.  If we cancel due to weather and if we have openings later in the year and you re-book, you will not need to do a second Donation/Deposit.




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“The Mushing Sport” GROUPS AT YOUR LOCATION PRESENTATION – Option 4

We come to you and teach your group about dog sledding.  We’ll visit your school, special event, corporate meeting, church or family get together.  We’ll bring a Siberian or two and mushing equipment along with our entertaining and informative dog sledding presentation. Enjoy the show, meet the four-pawed powerhouse, and have all your questions answered in an hour or two (as long as you like.).  We’ve given many well received presentations both nearby and far.  We’ve been enlisted by schools, corporate retreats, professional training conferences, fundraisers and park services.  We do not offer rides with this option.

Price based on distance, length and type of presentation.  Starting price: $300-1,000.

AVAILABLE ALL YEAR.

Reservation Donation/Deposit to book an Adventure: In order to book a ride with Shemhadar, there is a $25 Non Refundable Donation/Deposit to the Kennel.  Do not make the deposit until instructed when you’ve made your reservation by phone. There is a great deal of time and effort in order to coordinate all the rides and reservations, and a year-round expense to feed and look after the dogs.  If for some reason you cancel or the weather prohibits a safe riding experience, or is unsafe for the Dogs or Guests and we need to cancel, this will help the kennel with dog food and expenses.  If we cancel due to weather and if we have openings later in the year and you re-book, you will not need to do a second Donation/Deposit.




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GROUPS AT YOUR LOCATION WITH RIDES – Option 5

This package is for offering rides at your venue.  We require a well groomed trail, optimal climate conditions and crowd control volunteers.  We have much experience with this type of venue and offer large scale presentations as well.  It is however, a lot of work and expense.  Please call for pricing since each venue is so different, but our pricing starts at $1,000.

Reservation Donation/Deposit to book an Adventure: In order to book a ride with Shemhadar, there is a $25 Non Refundable Donation/Deposit to the Kennel.  There is a great deal of time and effort in order to coordinate all the rides and reservations, and a year-round expense to feed and look after the dogs.  If for some reason you cancel or the weather prohibits a safe riding experience, or is unsafe for the Dogs or Guests and we need to cancel, this will help the kennel with dog food and expenses.  If we cancel due to weather and if we have openings later in the year and you re-book, you will not need to do a second Donation/Deposit.

CUSTOMIZED ADVENTURE – Option 6

We can do anything!

A romantic dogsled run with your darling complete with sweets and flowers?  We can do it.  An in-depth learning experience by apprenticing in our dog yard?  Birthday party?   Kid’s camp? How fun!!  Please use your imagination and call or email.

Price dependent on request.

Reservation Donation/Deposit to book an Adventure: In order to book a ride with Shemhadar, there is a $25 Non Refundable Donation/Deposit to the Kennel.  Do not make the deposit until instructed when you’ve made your reservation by phone. There is a great deal of time and effort in order to coordinate all the rides and reservations, and a year-round expense to feed and look after the dogs.  If for some reason you cancel or the weather prohibits a safe riding experience, or is unsafe for the Dogs or Guests and we need to cancel, this will help the kennel with dog food and expenses.  If we cancel due to weather and if we have openings later in the year and you re-book, you will not need to do a second Donation/Deposit.




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