Different Kinds of Training

Distance Moving Time Average Speed Maximum Speed
1.76 miles 0:11.16 9.35 mph 16.78 mph

It’s been almost two weeks since my last entry. Didn’t mean to leave anyone hanging – things have just been pretty boring around here. We’ve had above normal temperatures for awhile (almost 80 degrees last week), so no runs. Loose leash walk training is still happening, though. It’s been going pretty well. Denali is already easing up with her pulling and trots very nicely during the last 10 - 15 minutes of each walk. Knox is a bit of a spazz, but he’s also showing improvement. Dexter is back into his groove, nothing really to report.

This week, temperatures are returning to where they should be for the end of March, which means we should get more runs in. I managed to squeeze a quick run in yesterday with Denali and Knox. It makes me happy to see my puppies working so well together, but it’s a little disappointing that Dexter doesn’t just “click” like they do. He’s been training the longest (although not by much), yet he doesn’t take to it like the huskies do.

I can’t blame Dexter. He wasn’t bred to run and pull. Based on his day to day activities, it seems he was bred to be clingy and pee on stuff. He has the ability to run very well – I’ve seen it. It’s just a matter of motivating him to do so. He loves running in the Pine Barrens, or anywhere less familiar, for that matter. Part of me wants to “bench” him once I have more dogs, but I don’t know if I could leave him behind. He’s shown improvement with the addition of Knox to the team, so he may be just fine once I have four or six dogs. Time will tell.

Oh! I almost forgot. I signed up for Mushing Boot Camp this September! We’ll be traveling to South Colton, NY for a few days in the woods. We’ll be at the Call of the Wild facility, being instructed by some very knowledgeable folks. We’re going to be working on Dexter’s passing issues, as well as honing everyone’s overall ability in harness. I’ve heard good things about this organization, so I hope to learn some techniques that I can use for years to come. I’ll definitely have several blog entries devoted to my experience.

2011-2012 Mileage to Date: 125.22

Jessica Kizmann

Dog musher, New Jersey.

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