poor trail conditions - rain and ice
things were not looking good when it starting raining heavily last night. i was just in town, sending off some last minute prezzies to family back in Oz when the rain starting coming down. It was very disappointing to see. the rain is what winter is like in Australia, well in Ballarat especially, just miserable.
i had intended to do a short run today with a 10 dog string just to see how they work together. i put together this team last night because i was trying to scope out which dogs would be best for the first race we are intending to do. we are planning on heading to 100 mile house to take part in the 12 dog, 20 miler in early Jan. the trail was not looking so good, with a slippery icy crust. i decided it was not worth the risk of injury, i didnt want any of the dogs throwing a shoulder because that is an injury that would take at least 4 weeks to heal.
so instead i let the dogs run around in the yard. i call this "playtime". they are just running around and saying 'hello' to the other dogs. of course all the boys are busy peeing on as many things as they can! it is just a mental pick me up and good for the dogs getting comfortable with each other. i find it is a really fun time where i can just watch the dogs interacting with each other and just being dogs. there was one little issue with a yound female, Sitka, she is very dominating and needs to mature more. she started a fight today which i was not at all pleased about. i will just have to keep on working with her and letting her know what is acceptable and whats not. she is working really well in harness now and even looking great in lead, i just need to work out these aggression issues she has towards some of the other bitches in the yard.
sitka looking all cute with jeff
Posted by houndyhuskies
at 3:59 AM WAT
Updated: Friday, 17 December 2004 4:57 PM WAT