Not all dogs are cut out to be leaders and not all leaders are Race Leaders.
But leaders can run anywhere in the team from Point to Wheel.
Having multiple leaders allows a musher an opportunity to keep the stress of this position off the leaders by having the flexibility to rotate them.
It is one thing to have a philosophy about breeding leaders or dogs with a strong leader pedigree and to prove the results of that philosophy.
In the above video the two dogs running wheel (Louis on the left and Lilly on the right) are only seven months old and running their 6th time in harness.
You can see their desire to run even at this early stage in their development.
Both have very different personalities with Lilly being crazy, outgoing and the center of attraction and Louis very reserved, gentle and quiet.
Lilly last year finished her second year at lead and last year was the partner of Venus running lead every second run in rotation.
Louis started lead in around December, just a check to see how interested he was in the lead position.
To our surprise he relished in that position, showing his desire to be up there.
He was paired with Kira and the two became regulars in the lead rotation for the balance of the season.
The other dogs from that litter were also tried at lead and showed leader abilities.
This coming season, they will continue their leader training on a regular schedule.
This is not the first litter that has produced leaders from breeding leaders.
It is proven here that breeding leaders will produce leaders!
Until next week......