In other words, if you want to improve you need try different things.
That is why this season we have been working with training new leaders.
The above two videos are of training this week with two rooky leaders, Lloyd & Lance.
In the first video is Lloyd (white dog running left lead) running with Kira.
This is his second time running lead from the start of the run.
Normally, I start new leaders at the half way portion of the run as they know they are running home and will receive a treat at the end of the run (motivation).
Lloyd did a great job up front with only a few stops on the way home.
He needed these stops to build up his confidence at lead.
Of coarse, he received praise for his good work at these stops.
He was running with drive and enthusiasm!
The second video is Lance (right lead) running with his brother Louis (second season running lead).
This is Lances third time at lead.
This was Louis first time running as the #1 leader and this was Lances first time running with Louis.
Normally, I would run Lance with Tira (experienced Leader).
However, I wanted to see how Louis would handle being the #1 leader and also if the pairing with Lance would encourage Lance to drive harder.
The experiment was a great success for both dogs.
Louis was motivated due to my confidence in him and Lance was motivated by being more competitive with his brother.
This is a first time in 6 years that I had two males running lead together.
This could be a great pairing that I would not have known if I didn't experiment.
As the title of the Blog says: "Expect The Unexpected".
Until next week......