Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pups First Run -- Part 1

Note: This is an excerpt from my contributions to the SP Kennel Dog Log

Many of you have asked about when young dogs start training. The short answer is that they don't really start running until they are yearlings, and then generally only on short runs from time to time in their yearling season.

Occasionally a yearling will mature quickly and do a short- or mid-distance race, but they usually don't become racing sled dogs until they are at least two years old.

That doesn't mean, however, that you can't let pups have a grand adventure and enjoy the thrill of being sled dogs for a mile or so.

Bridgett is quite keen on "harness breaking" pups, so while she was here this week she set out to give the "Big Boys" -- Boris, Raffie and Mac -- their first experience as sled dogs.

As you will see -- and hear! -- In Part 1, "a good time was had by all!"

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