skijoring lessons

On Monday Kiva and I attempted skijoring for the very first time.  It was a failure of epic proportions.  We didn't even actually make it onto the trail.  Kiva got all harnessed up and as soon as I put my skis on she freaked out.  She started digging and barking at my skis (not uncommon behavior for her).  So we went home. On Tuesday night, I enlisted John's help.  We went out after dark (so there would be fewer distractions) and got all harnessed up.  I skied around for awhile to get her to stop barking ferociously at me and my skis.  Then once she was attached, John had to run with her out front so she would not get distracted by my skis.  She did a pretty good job.  By the end she would sort of run in front even if John wasn't there. I think it's definitely going to be a two person affair for awhile.  All of a sudden Kiva will remember that she is doing work and she decides she doesn't like it so she turns around and barks at my skis.  That makes it hard not to ski over the rope (which causes one to decelerate very quickly).  She also doesn't like being attached to things from her back end (which causes her to get offended when she's actually pulling). She WAS tired after an hour of hauling around 4x her weight though (ok...I didn't make her pull my full weight...the whole time), which is a small miracle, since she's never tired after anything...ever. Anyway, we have a ways to go, but I think eventually she will get it.  Unless she's too smart  and figures out that she's doing all the work...in which case, she will never be good at it.