I 've yet to see a lead dog yet that could pull the sled on his own. It's not a competition -- a leader's a member of a team just like the other dogs. The team can't succeed without its leader, and the leader needs the team.
Being at the front of the pack is not by itself an indicator of success -- that pack could be chasing you to rip you apart. But having the pack behind you because they WANT to be there -- that's successful leadership.
Well, maybe I did go a bit deep on that one. Sorry.
All I can say is go ahead...be the lead dog. Now be a good dog, "gee" and "haw" when I tell you, and I'll throw you a nice piece of smoked salmon when I tie you up with the other dogs at the end of the day.
The thing about being lead dog is you're still a beast of burden.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...