Winter Survival Skills Workshop

Hello Outdoor Enthusiasts,

Once more we are happy to team up with Fabian Schmitz of Bushcraft Yukon to organize a one-day winter survival course.

Winter Survival Skills Workshop
Saturday, December 1st from 9am – 5pm @ Fox Lake

As dog musher and skijorer we often travel and train alone with our dogs and in very remote areas. But what to do when something goes wrong? How to survive for a day or even longer in case we lose our team, get injured in a remote setting, how to prevent and deal with frost injuries?

During this hands-on workshop you will learn a variety of survival strategies, what to pack for a survival kit, how to reliably start a fire in foul weather, how to shelter from the elements, how to stay hydrated, how to signal for help and much more!

Come out for a fun day and brush up your bush skills!

As an intro we will also have a local frost bite specialist Josianne Gauthier from the Whitehorse General Hospital talking about frost injuries, how they occur, what to do in the field and their current treatment program at the hospital.

For more info and sign-up, please email:

Fees: (Lunch is included)

  •  $40 for DPSAY members
  •  $55 for Non-members

10 participants maximum!

Participants will get more detailed information about location and a way description after sign-up!

DPSAY membership (annual): Individuals $15 – Adults, Individuals $10 – 18 years and under

Let it snow, let it snow!



Mark your calendars!!! – DPSAY Winter 2018-2019

Hello Winter Lovers,

Before we officially dive into another DPSAY winter season, we would like to THANK once more our sponsors, volunteers and all participants for their support throughout the summer season:

All Paws Veterinary Clinic, Air North, Winterlong Brewing, The Feedstore/Pet Junction, K9 Training and Services, Canine and Company, Aurora Booties, Muktuk Adventures, The Real Canadian Superstore, Save On Foods, Takhini Hot Pools,The Gunnar Nilsson & Mickey Lammers Research Forest, Mike Simon, Katherine Scheck, Robert Siefke and of course the DPSAY Board members!

Please click here to see DPSAY’s tentative winter events calendar.

What is new this season?

Nadele Flynn, one of DPSAY’s board members, will offer “fun-runs” once a week in and about the Whitehorse region.The goal of the “fun-run” is to provide a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere to get out with other folks that like to run their dogs in harness. Kicksleds, Canicross, Skijoring, and Bikejoring are all welcome. Speed is what you want it to be, distance is usually 5-8km.
Nadele organized meet-ups like this last year in Edmonton in association with Iron Paws Virtual Stage “Race”. They check in with each other. Learn from others. Have a few laughs.If you are interested, or know someone who is, please email Nadele directly:
Let her know what nights/time of the week might work best for you, and if you have any locations you’d recommend.We’d pick locations where Kicksleds, Canicross, Skijoring, or Bikejoring would be allowed.

We hope to see you lots this winter!


Second Canine Massage Workshop

Hello all,

The Canine Massage Workshop on Saturday, October 27th is full.

Christiane could offer the same workshop on Sunday, October 28th as well. Same time, same layout, same costs.

Could the people, who are already on the waiting list, please confirm, if they can attend?

PLEASE EMAIL us if you like to attend the workshop on Sunday, October 28th, because you couldn’t get into the one on Saturday, the 27th.



Canine Massage Workshop – October 27th

Hello Dog Lovers,

we are excited to announce another Canine Massage Workshop with Christiane! And this time it is hands-on!!

Saturday, October 27th at 1 pm – Location Muktuk Kennels
presented by local Christiane Koch-Champeval – certified Canine Massage Practitioner

(for more info on Christiane see below)


  • Physiological benefits of massage (~15min)
  • Massages techniques, 5 different strokes will be explained and demonstrated (~1 h-1h1/2)
  • Palpation techniques to locate some important muscles (~30min)
  • Hands on : Full body massage step by step performed by each person with a dog(~1h30)

Workshop will probably take up to 4 hours.

10 participants maximum! 1 FRIENDLY dog per person!

Cost: $25 for DPSAY members, $40 for Non-members

Membership Fees (annual): Individuals $15 – Adults, Individuals $10 – 18 years and under

How to register:

  • We do not accept reservations via FB messages.
  • You must send us an e-mail:
  • Your spot is only safe, when we received your payment. Please send E-Transfers to:
  • If you don’t do online banking, please contact us to make other arrangements for your payment.
  • If you like to become a member of DPSAY, please fill out attached Membership form and email it to us with your reservation. (or print it and bring it to the workshop)
  •  Include membership fees in your E-Transfer please.
  • We will establish a waiting list and contact you in case of cancellations.
  • We will send a confirmation of your spot by e-mail, please give us some time!!

See you soon!!!

Your DPSAY Board!

Bio Christiane Champeval-Koch

Christiane Koch-Champeval is a certified Canine Massage Practitioner. She graduated at the Northwest School of Animal Massage (NWSAM) in Vashon, Washington State, one of the few licensed provider of Animal Massage certification in North America. She has a Speciality certification in Performance ( sports)massage which includes Stress Point Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release Therapy.

The 2 certifications involved a total of 300 hours study of canine anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, massage technique, behaviour and handling and many hands on!

She decided to focus on sled dogs, being musher and handler, she realized how massage can help to prevent muscles injuries. It’s in fact why she decided to get all the certifications from a school that was chosen by the International sled dog veterinary medical association as reference for the massage part in their handbook edition 2015.

She worked on 2 Yukon Quest 300 teams in 2017 and the results were significant, none of the dropped dog was related to muscle injuries.

She worked on an Iditarod team (2017), 14 dogs made it to Nome, no muscles injuries. Before she started her work the musher told her to do what she can but that he already knew that at least 4 dogs are going to be dropped early in the race because of all their muscles problems during training .They all made it to the finish line with the team in 36th place.

She likes to say that one of her strength is that living with sled dogs for 8 years, training them, helping her husband in races gives her a good knowledge on these crazy dogs ‘strength and weakness!

Christiane is also a” Doctor en Pharmacie” in France which is equivalent to a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences.

DPSAY Mid-Distance Race – First Meeting

Hello Mid – Distance Race Fans,

It’s the time of the year, when we start thinking “WINTER and SNOW”! … and Mid-Distance Race!

We know, hard to do with this beautiful sunny fall days!

Please join the first meeting in order to decide, what this year’s race is going to look like (location, distance etc). We are looking for ideas, suggestions and we will need YOUR HELP!! The DPSAY board has not enough man power to organize an event of such caliber by itself!

Next Thursday, September 27th at 5:30 pm at the Town & Mountain Hotel Lounge on Main St.

Please let us know, if you are interested in being on the committee or you have suggestions, but cannot make it to the first meeting.

We hope to see many of you!


Thank you!!! – Poker Run and Hot Hound #4

It was a perfect day for some fun with our furry friends!

1) We would like to thank everyone, who supported our Poker Run Fundraiser on Sunday! With your help DPSAY was able to raise $500 for the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter!

Thank you to our sponsors donating great prizes and all participants (visitors and locals!), who walked or ran the beautiful 1-mile course with or without a dog at the Takhini Hot Pools.

Thank you also to Robert Siefke, a faithful DPSAY member and volunteer, to host the event and marking the colorful trail for us, once again!

The lucky winners of the Poker Run are:
1. $200 gift certificate – All Paws Veterinary Clinic – Syvanna Schmidt
2. $200 gift certificate – Air North – Carol Foster
3. ($130) Latigo Leather Leash and Collar – Advanced K9 – Jens Lippold
4. $100 gift certificate – The Feedstore – Girault Ombeline
5. ($80) Midi Pullers & Flyber Frisbee – Canine & Company – Christina Reeves

We also like to thank our “BBQ” sponsors, who helped feed hungry participants after the event:

Muktuk Adventures,
The Real Canadian Superstore
Save on Foods

2) Many people and dogs stayed for the Hot Hound #4 race, to either watch or participate.
The Canicross – category saw its highest numbers of participants this season! Find RESULTS below.

Thank you again Robert for marking the trails and hosting the event!

Thank you to our Race Sponsors:
Takhini Hot Pools
Winterlong Brewing
Aurora Booties

The DPSAY board is currently working on the fall/winter season schedule. So stay tuned for more fun events!

Please let us know, if you would like to host a Twister race. We always love to explore new trails. Or let us know, your ideas or what else you would like to see happening.

And of course we always welcome helping hands!!!



Results Hot Hound Race

1 Mile Bike
1 Adam Robinson   5:50
2 Armin Johnson   7:54
3 Lisa Kozakewich   8:22
4 Syvanna Schmidt  8:49
5 Jessica Gillard   13:26

2 Mile Bike
1 Alex Rochat  10:13
2 Adam Robinson   10:32
3 Armin Johnson   10:44
4 Nadele Flynn   12:44
5 Heather Robb   12:46

1 Mile Canicross
1 Kyle Lavore  8:39
2 Adam Robinson   8:55
3 Abel Semoussa and Gwenael Sinquin  9:00
5 Brad Robinson   9:07
6 Berenike Ziemert   9:59
7 Claudia Beer     11:30
8 Ombeline Girault     12:06
9 Eugenie Champeval   13:52
10 Shari Heal   14:57
11 Syvanna Schmidt   15:23

September 16th – Poker Run Fundraiser and Hot Hound #4

Hello Dog Lovers,
after having such great turnout last year, we will hold another fundraiser for the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter in form of a POKER RUN (license# 2018-104) followed by DPSAY Hot Hound #4.

Sunday, September 16th, 2018  

Where: Takhini Hot Pools
Directions: follow the Takhini Hot Springs Road until the end. Turn right towards the campground BEFORE the Takhini Hotsprings parking lot! Turn left on the first roundabout, then straight and down the hill. Start and finish is by the 2nd roundabout in the back of the new buildings. There’ll be DPSAY signs.

Times: Registration for Poker Run @ 4:00 pm
Start of Poker Run @ 4:30 pm
Prizes presented to best Poker Hand when all participants have finished the course (approx 5:30 pm).

Poker Run Fee: $20

Course: 1 mile trail at the Takhini Hot Pools. Run or walk with your dog!  Dogs must be leashed at all times.
No dog, you are still welcome to join and help raise funds for the animal shelter!

Bear Spray recommended!!

POKER RUN PRIZES: Thank you to our generous sponsors!!
1st Prize: All Paws Veterinary Clinic Gift Certificate – $200
2nd Prize: Air North Gift Certificate – $200
3rd Prize: Advanced K9 – Latigo Leather Leash and Collar – $130
4th Prize: The Feedstore/Pet Junction Gift Certificate – $100
5th Prize: Canine & Company- Midi Pullers & Flyber Frisbee – $80.00

And right after we have our Hot Hound event #4 – participate or stay and watch!!

Thank you Takhini Hot Pools for donating a free soak for RACE participants and volunteers.

We will have extra gear, if you like to try something new!

Thank you to our sponsors!
Takhini Hot Pools
Winterlong Brewing
Aurora Booties

We hope to see many human and canine faces!