Clyde Loves TO Pull
Almost three years ago or maybe more , I am picking up doggy toys in the yard placing them in a little radio fly-er wagon the grands like to pull around the yard. I have quite a number of toys, from under trees ,bushes etc. as I am walking back to the wagon to dump my armload Clyde gets the wagon handle by his teeth and tries to pull it to me! Amazed I tie a rope on the handle, he then pulls it to me to assist me..
Poodles are quite smart and self thinkers,problem solvers, and quite the clowns.He isn't playing he is serious.. So I order a pulling harness, and he pulls the wagon..Next I order a sulky cart..Truly he just knew what to do,I did train him on left, and right,turning,line up, etc.. using words the grand kids could recall as well..we are off and running. He loves it! Soon Bonnie is so jealous I have to attach her to the side,as she wants in on the activity..Next "BabyFace" Nelson is barking away..Yep..He wants to pull to, and is as good as Clyde!
As soon as Clyde sees the harness he jumps in the air and comes and stands in front of me as if to say, put it on I cannot do it myself,though he surely would try to nuzzle his head thru it!
We go to the schools, get in local parades and they receive trophys for best non-motorized entry..
Some dogs want to work, but few will pick their job...Well if you pay attention they could as mine did give you a hint!
Drafting is a great recreational activity.To get started requires a trip to the vet to make sure your dog is in good health. Conditioning to pull is necessary so as not to damage their pads,bones ,and overall health.
Some things to evaluate before getting started.
Is your dog healthy and sound in structure ?
Does your dog know basic obedience commands ?
Some things you will need to get started.
Unlimited amounts of praise, and small treats will help also!
You must have a great attitude, and a happy voice ,with lots of encouraging words.
It is imperative to make sure the harness is well fitted ,and suitable for drafting.
Some great conditioning exercises include walking, short jogs, retrieving, and an ideal exercise - swimming. Remember to consider your environmental conditions as well. Temperature, terrain, ground condition, timing, and distance can make a difference to the safety of both you and your dog.