ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dog Drafting..(Carting)

Updated on May 6, 2011

Sulky Cart

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.



Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • jorja kick profile image
      Author

      jorja kick 6 years ago from southeast georgia

      You must teach her to hold an item,place it in her mouth,give the command hold it, or hold, as you hold it in her mouth,then teach her to drop an item, or drop command as you take it from her mouth and drop it to the floor...

      then she will make the connection to hold it till you tell her to drop it,as you will do an exercise of hold it longer each time...then you can have her follow your finger as a signal command to the toy box where you will tell her to drop it...takes most dogs a good 3-6 months to proof this..

    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      That's amazing, jorga! Clyde and Bonnie are truly sensational dogs. I thought it was pretty great when Clyde was just bringing you the wagon! :-)

      I keep trying to teach my Schnauzer girl to pick up her own toys, but no luck so far. She's very good at getting them OUT of the toybox, but won't put them back in it after she's played with them. I told her about Clyde, hoping to inspire her....She just looked at me! JAYE

    • jorja kick profile image
      Author

      jorja kick 7 years ago from southeast georgia

      Dalmations are sometimes hearing impaired..no joke.. try using hand signals along with verbal cues as what she may hear, is a muffled sound..

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      She was stubborn...OK, she could sit; but on Her terms! lol

      JSMatthew~

    • jorja kick profile image
      Author

      jorja kick 7 years ago from southeast georgia

      LOL... I do not believe you..lol !!

      thanks for reading and the comment..

      jorja

    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow! That's amazing! I couldn't even get my Dalmatian to sit! Great job!

      JSMatthew~

    • jorja kick profile image
      Author

      jorja kick 7 years ago from southeast georgia

      Thanks..They are a lot of fun..I have enjoyed the carting with them..Just one more fun thing for all of us ..

      thanks for reading and the comment

      jorja

    • LuisEGonzalez profile image

      Luis E Gonzalez 7 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Funny story, amazing how the dogs actually "chose" what they wanted to do.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)