Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Training all season

Every morning for about two weeks now there has been crispness in the air, telling the dogs and I it’s time to start training. As Cobey and I both work full time and we have a little almost 21 month-old, it can making training a bit difficult.Usually, I’ll run the dogs with the cart though I can only take four out at a time. I’ve been known to take five at one time, but that is extremely dangerous with the corners we take right “out of the gate.” Cobey and I have been discussing getting an ATV to train the team. As much as we want to resist the ATV, we’ll likely get one. There are reasons many kennels use ATVs for dryland training and we’re beginning to realize them.

Two seasons ago we only had the three OGs (original gangsters) and training simply involved taking them for runs, hikes, walks and then out with the sled on the weekends. We never went very far, very fast, or very orderly but it was fun. Last season we acquired the two sled dogs from Absaroka Dogsled Treks but not until early December and quickly learned that Paluk was pregnant. While Okanogan and Paluk were in great shape, the rest of the team was not at their caliber at that point. We did not have a cart and for most the season we didn’t have Paluk. I’m looking forward to realizing the team’s potential now that we can train the team in the fall and we have seven runnable dogs. This season is going to be a blast! Look for us on the trail; hope to see you out there!

Love your puppas!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Here we go again!!!

We've been running!! This season's going to be great! A full team from the beginning of fall and a cart to train dryland. So exciting!!!! Check back soon for more!