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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Golf Litter Comes of Age

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!

14 comments:

wendie said...

How long do you run the puppies on their first outing?

Moosekahl said...

Great looking future!

Heidi Phillips said...

Woo Hoo.. GO Golf litter, The training concept of the harness and necklines is so interesting! Heck putting a dog in harness and watching their instincts at work is interesting!

Go Woody :)

Heidi

john89 said...

they look great. i wish we could run with no necklines, but its against the race rules.

Nessmuk said...

Wow....never a ill moment at SP Kennel!! Rolling right on into training the pups.....very cool! They look great! Can't wait to watch them grow up.....thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

they look like they're saying,
"Look at me, I'm a big dog now!"

Lourdes, VT said...

Those puppies have got so BIG! And, they look very happy! What a great video :)

marilyn said...

What greatfun they had. Go puppies

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. Chipper running with the big doggies. I have been waiting,Go Golf litter and go big Rosie girl! You have made me so happy! Keep those beautiful ears pointed high like your momma!
Padee Santa Rosa CA

Holly Freeman said...

lookin good there golf pups!

Sherri Suppelsa said...

Can't believe how big they are already! Go Driver!! :)

Margaret said...

Thanks for this glimpse of the growth and development of your youngest dogs!

And the video also shows the excitement of Outlaw, I think, who really is ready to run - even if it is just in circles!!!

As others have said - what fun to see!!!

Dennis Nielsen-Wisconsin said...

Thank you so much for sharing the excitement of the puppies, I am as excited as they are just watching. I sure wish I was closer to be able to see them in their element! Maybe some day!

Anonymous said...

LMAO> that is hilarious!!!! Golf pups names. LOVE IT!!!!!