Our new Rowerland passenger rig has arrived from Poland and temperatures are good for lots of training runs and we are making the most of our four available forests, to train on, mixing things up so the dogs get lots of fresh experiences. A forest we haven't had access to for three years, called Great Wood in Somerset has now re-opened back up for sled dog training which gives us another area. The trails are hilly and it's a bit of a drive from home but it does allow us to get a fair bit of distance (for the UK anyway) with up to 10 miles of available trails. Our local trails are a very muddy from forestry work and the constant rain so the trails are quite slow and hard going, it's nice to have other options and we have been using our favourite trails at Pembrey in Wales which gives us the options of dry, sandy, grassy trails with lots of turns. Each area brings different training experiences for the dogs which is fun and we are just enjoying being out there with our dogs.
With the use of the new Rowerland passenger rig which gives us fantastic control over speed, we are running bigger teams and doing some slower, heavy conditioning training work in preparation of treking events with AMWA, which require the dogs doing more distance than the usual 3-4 mile sprint races we can also accommodate our older dogs in the team who have naturally lost their top speeds but are still mad for it and very fit so doing the slower work suits them and for the younger dogs too it's building up some great conditioning and they are feeling in good, hard condition. Our next treking event in November is taking place at night and will be about 10 miles of trails at Swinley forest around the grounds of Windsor Castle, we plan to run six dogs on the passenger rig and go out together and have a jolly nice time.