Eden Dog Sledding, Eden Mills, Vt.
Caleb Kenna for The Boston Globe
Happy dogs equal happy customers, especially young customers. Owner Jim Blair estimates 60 percent of the time the dogs make the biggest impression on children and 40 percent of the time it's the ride through this hilly wilderness four hours from Boston. The huggable, hand-raised Alaskan huskies at Eden help make rides an interactive adventure. Kids can assist with harnessing dogs to a sled, then ride the runners and, if they are 10 or older, learn to drive a sled. "It blows their mind," said Blair of the driving experience. All rides end with a chance to feed the dogs treats. Sleds can accommodate a family with two adults and two small children or two adults and an older child. Square Road, 802-635-9070, edendogsledding.com, rides daily from 9:30 a.m., prices range from $195 for 2 people for 1 hour to $595 for the longest rides.