The dog(s) at the front of the dog team that is responsible for taking (or ignoring) commands to keep the team going in the desired direction. Usually credited with being the “smart” dog of the team, it has been found that you actually want the most obedient dog out front. A smart dog can make the musher THINK the team is following his or her direction, while actually tracking small game or leading the team away from the desired location. Far better to have a smart MUSHER, than a smart lead dog.
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