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The best lead dogs are those born with the gift to lead and that ability is genetic. These dogs are very focused and driven to be leading the pack. Leading the team is the most difficult position in the team, because leaders must listen closely to their mushers instructions and be aware of their surroundings at all times, such as leading the team past loose dogs, navigating unsafe river ice, keeping the team focused and moving down the trail when other team members would like to chase after a moose they’ve spotted, and so on. Most dog teams have two leaders upfront the majority of the time. A very strong leader, comfortable or preferring to not run with a partner, can run in single lead without relying on a sidekick.