Date, Day, &c:
Thursday, Sept 29. 2:30 P
Mileage & Speed (M = Measured , ~ = Approximate):
1.5 miles M, Max speed 14.7 mph M, Average speed 8.4 mph M
Route, Trail & Terrain Conditions:
Boyce - Stricker drive loop
44 degrees, partly cloudy, dry dirt with some small puddles
Just & Capella
Orion & Midnight
Denali & Cassiopeia
I would like to say that hook up was easier than the previous team, but I'd be lying if I did so. I had everyone harnessed and ready to hook to the gang line when Chinook came bounding up. He'd apparently forced his way out of his pen (bending a difficult to replace gate latch in the process, and came over to join the fun. The best way to corral him was to put him in the house, which I did.
When I got back most of the dogs were just fine, but Cassie had gotten herself so badly tangled up in her harness that I had to completely undress her, sort out the mess, and start over from scratch.
Once we got launched things went well, with Just hitting his "gee" cues onto the powerline and then onto the Boyce-Stricker drive without any problem. At the top of the loop it took some work for him to get the "haw" cue, as we had been previously going around the loop in the opposite direction.
Out of the loop I had to stop and help Midnight duck under the gangline as he had somehow gotten under it during the circle around the loop.
Back in the yard, Just tried to go hard left alongside the pens, just as Rose and Denali did yesterday. It took several attempts to guide them onto the correct path, but when they did get it they took the team all the way down the line rather than cutting by the tress like yesterday's team. Again, it was a nice run overall.
Here are some video clips from today's training adventures:
The Important Point:I guess the most important point is that in spite of the challenges we were able to get in two very productive training runs without loss of temper and the resulting loss of trust. Stuff happens, sometimes at the worse possible time. Expect it, keep your cool, remember the goal is to keep things as fun and positive for the dogs as you can and move on. The dogs really don't care what goes wrong so long as they are having fun in the meantime. Some of us humans could find great value in that trait.