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leading dog

noun
1.
(NZ) a dog trained to lead a flock of sheep to prevent them breaking or stampeding
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  • The leading dog gave a yelp, and strained at his collar, and a moment later all the teams were moving southward.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • The leading dog had been once across the previous year with the doctor.

    A Labrador Doctor Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Instantly a sharp command hurled the leading dog heading for the open where the surface was hard and dry.

    The Man in the Twilight Ridgwell Cullum
  • But here, also, the leading dog only at first showed himself.

  • Mr. Baxter directed the leading dog team as nearly as possible between two fires.

    The Young Treasure Hunter Frank V. Webster
  • Away they go in pursuit, and only the leading dog and the driver are aware of the ruse that has been played.

    How to Travel Thomas W. Knox
  • They let drive another straggling volley, and with a convulsive spring in air, the leading dog of the team dropped dead.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • The leading dog, "Brin," as he wallowed about managed to reach it, at the end of his long trace of about sixty feet.

  • The leading dog yelped again, and the others responded in joyful chorus.

    The Lady of North Star Ottwell J. Binns
  • Tinker, the leading dog, was fully thirty-five feet from the komatik when his trace was stretched to its full length.

    Troop One of the Labrador Dillon Wallace

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