For sled dogs autumn is the time for a training and preparing to the winter season. In the fall training sled dogs usual running with cart or ATV. I train only with a ATV, because we have to cross the train track. ATV gives absolute control over sled dog team. Team should be in control, when 16 headless sled dogs runs. Running is sled dog's main passion, second one is the food;). In the fall training trail you can meet scooter boys, log truck, harvesting machine or loose running dog.
Until the beginning of November I was training the racing team and the yearling team. After that I only focusing on the racing team, because I training the dogs myself. So I have no time to train yearling team any more. Yearlings get more time at the spring when racing team is mainly resting. November was a pretty dark time considering training. We got snow at the beginning of Novemberg, but then came the warm period. Melting snow becoming thin ice layer at the surface of the roads. Icy roads are dangerous for sled dogs.
I hope that in the December is no negative surprises with the weather. The time shows how big negative impact is long training pause.