In the photo, Willy & Coyute await their after run watering.
The runs this week were important as they were the first run for all last years litter. This first team ran with Lizzy, Sophie and Nicky along with nine adults. The second team had Annie, Katie, Willy and Vickie running with eight adults.
(puppies in their first year of running are called "Yearlings")
The first group ran like they had been doing it all their lives. However, the second group acted like yearlings getting crazy with each other and thier partners and not doing what their expected to do. This is the reason, that yearlings are paired with an adult who will discipline them and teach them what to do. After the first 1/2 mile three were running correctly and after the first mile all had figured out what was expected and ran a great 3 miles.
I keep the runs to 2 minute exercise and 2 minute rest periods until the 4.5 miles is completed. This is important to not only for conditioning, but also to prevent stressing the young dogs out.
The rain continued for the whole week, making it difficult to get the runs in. However, cooler temperatures arrived at the end of the week and the forecast for next week looks great.
Until next week.....