At this time of the season our focus shifts from racing to training puppies! It is such a fun time of year and we are always so excited to see the new generation of SP Kennel athletes take the first step to becoming "real" sled dogs.
Earlier this week we took the Golf Litter pups out in two groups with some adults to show the way. Rose and Honda led the team with Boris in Swing and Lester and Schmoe following. Behind them we ran three pups, starting with Sandy, Iron and Driver then Wedgy, Chipper and Woody. We ran them for about a mile and a half with frequent stops to "congratulate" them and tell them all, adults included, that they were doing a great job.
You will notice a more traditional harness and line set-up for the puppies, the traditional full-body harness and necklines set them up to succeed until they get the hang of it. Then they will graduate into the half harness and no-neckline system the rest of the team run in.
They all did so well! It always amazes us how they never have to be "taught" how to do this; it is inherent in their breeding and these guys were great!