I always run a pack. When I am by myself it is usually 5 or 6 dogs. When I run with someone else it can be anywhere from 6 to 20. Most of the time though, when running with others there are between 6 - 10 dogs. This seems to work and everyone gets to run some of their dogs.
Tonight I ran by myself and only ran four dogs. On top of that, three of them have run together a lot this winter. Chip, Butcher, and Dennis have only had a handful of days off since Thanksgiving, 70 days ago. It was no surprise that this pack made it easy for all of them. The dogs knew each other and quickly settled into a smooth, driving pack.
Obviously, tonight less dogs equaled good running. This brings to light the big question, should I run less dogs all the time? Running four dogs max all the time would make it easier. It would make it easier to handle the pack. It would make it easier for the dogs to run. It would make it easier for the dogs to learn to depend on each other.
What about the excitement? There is absolutely no doubt that 6 or 7 dogs pounding up and down hills, all over a clearcut is way more exciting than just 4 dogs that know each other. So what's a guy to do? This guy is going for the excitement of a big pounding pack making rabbits run for their life. Why run four when you can run five, or six, or seven . . .
Tonight I ran Dennis, Chip, Butcher, and Cole. It was a beautiful winter night with a temperature of 25°.