Our first run of the season was at the AMWA fun weekend where Matt and I took out the passenger rigs for some lovely fun cold runs along Salisbury Plains, the best way to celebrate our second wedding anniversary and my birthday.
Pickle is now almost 17 weeks and time to start ringcraft which is an excellent way of continuing the socialisation with other dogs and humans, new situations and environments. She is a very happy and confident girl and has fit into our family perfectly. The boys are somewhat indifferent to her play but the girls are very eager to join in puppy play and Pickle and Laika especially have developed a lovely bond which is beautiful to watch.
Training wise in September we have been keeping up the momentum with runs every weekend but temperatures mean shorter runs so we have been building distance slowly from 1 mile to 2.5 over the month. This has meant training at silly times between 1am-4am in the mornings when temps are low enough. We have used the passenger rig and the quad and been training on grassy trails, hardpacked flat forest trails and hardpacked uphill forest trails. We visited friends 'Up North' where we were able to get a nice cool run in and the dogs have been having fun on the different trails and are slowly building up condition and fitness. As usual we have been switching the team around in training on a six dog team on the passenger rig, watching each dogs progress and fitness so we can have a look at the best positions for each doglet when we start to compete in races. Pickle has been doing very well at her weekly ringcraft sessions, taking everything in her stride and meeting lots of new doggy friends and getting used to being handled in a busy environment. Waiting for Laika to grow a bit of coat back and she will be joining ickle picks at ringcraft in the adult sessions so they should both be happy and relaxed when they enter their next show in December.
For measuring temperatures we use a weather meter device called the Kestrel this device is used by Matt at work also and gives us peace of mind when running dogs. It measures average wind speed, temperature, wind chill, relative humidity, heat index and dew point and combining all these factors it will give you a 'real feel temperature' and because it is portable the reading will be taken from your exact point in the forest rather than the nearest weather station which online forecasts do. It is highly accurate and an invaluable piece of kit for us especially being down south where we do battle with temperatures this time of year.