Leaders have one of the most important place on the team as they are the ones that make things happen and are the driving force to head down the trail.
Leaders can be both male & female.
However in my case, I have found more females are adapted to be leaders, more focused and generally less distracted. As seen above, all the leaders shown are females.
Most Leaders are born with the desire to be outfront and leading the pack.
Many are very quiet and reserved in the kennel.
However, that personality changes as soon as they get hooked up in the team.
Their enthusiasm to run sets the tempo for the rest of the team.
THEY LIKE TO BE INCHARGE!
Every Fall, I try other dogs up in the leader position with an experienced leader to see if they have the desire and potential to become leaders.
Even if a dog doesn't show the potential one year, I will give them a try another year as all dogs mature mentally at different rates.
That being said, I can usually tell which dogs have the qualities required when they are puppies. They usually stand out from the rest as being the first ones do everything ahead of their siblings. They are usually real characters!
Of the young dogs introduced last week, four have shown some potential with the most obvious being Lilly.
This week, we had a couple of Thunderstorms during the day and a couple of the dogs were not easy with them. Even though the storms were far away from here, they could hear/sense them and would seek the shelter of their houses. Within half an hour of them seeking shelter, the storms would arrive.
The weather is getting a little cooler this week after the storms passed and getting a little more comfortable.
Until next week........