My main lead dog is Loads. He is without question the finest lead dog I have ever had. In the early days his talent was raw and he could be difficult. But now he is beautiful to watch in action. His drive is hard. To him, to lead with steely focus means everything.
|Loads, God given.|
In the short video that follows (shot earlier this month) Loads is seen teaching Shocker what to do. A word from me and Loads nudges Shocker over. Another word and he pulls him the other way. This is a training run as opposed to a conditioning one.
The opening scene sees me halting a small team to check their feet before powering up the side of a mountain. In the second half of the video, we descend the mountain. A false move at great speed, when descending mountains with dogs, is best avoided. For this reason, before the steep descent, large rope rings were hooped over the prow end of the sled runners to slow us down. I remove the ropes at the bottom of the valley in the closing scene.
Lead dogs that make it look this easy are God given.
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