It is that time of year that I try out all my young dogs in lead.
It's a pretty 'low key' time. I put the youngsters in lead with a good experienced leader beside them and 2 good leaders behind them in swing.
If they go - great. If not, no big deal, I swap them out with one of the swing dogs and the run goes on.
It's mostly just an 'information gathering' type thing!
I've already raved about See, who was AMAZING!!! Yesterday I had Dew in lead. She did pretty well. I took her out when we came back into the yard, as Dew has issues with Cricket and she wasn't confident enough in her job to lead a team by the big beast (who sits alongside the trail and watches the team come in). With time and work, she'll get there I'm sure.
Today was Utin's turn and he was very impatient to show me his stuff!
He wasn't quite as good as his sister, but he was close. He definately likes to push the pace. A few times he had the team convinced that he was trying to kill them, we were going so fast!
Finding another promising young leader makes me a happy musher! Being able to show off what a promising young leader he is makes Utin a happy sled dog!