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Drafting and Carting

Among other things that our dogs can do I have found that they take to drafting like a duck to water- must be in their genes! My Edie absolutely lights up when we go to hook up the cart. Maybe Joe can comment on the history of Pyrs in this activity

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Carting with Zeetie

Started by Donna Harris. Last reply by pat ramapuram Aug 17, 2010. 11 Replies

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Comment by Michelle Kay on September 3, 2008 at 10:17am
Sam loves pulling!...I really need to get on his carting...So many fun things to do...So little!
Good idea for a group Pat!
Comment by Joseph Gentzel on September 3, 2008 at 12:17pm
This is not my area of knowledge either. Its becoming bigger and there is more interest over the past few years. Last few Nationals have had competition in this area. Not sure if AKC did not back out of this, but someone else may remember better. I bet Kerry would know.
Comment by Tanimara on September 3, 2008 at 12:35pm
pull me pull you! Im here!

Comment by Christine on September 3, 2008 at 2:13pm
Drafting is a lot of fun with our dogs! GPCA has held draft tests at all the Nationals since 2000. Next year, in Santa Barbara, there will be a full day including two tests so if a team fails the first test, there is another opportunity to pass a second time around--or one team can earn both novice and open titles!

AKC continues to be approached to award draft titles as well. By next Spring, that may be a reality!!!!
Comment by pat ramapuram on September 3, 2008 at 7:43pm
Great idea for having 2 tests! Unfortunately I won't be going to next year's nationals but will be going to the 2010 one. I hope AKC does come through- it is not only a lot of fun but also challenging!
Comment by Murph on September 5, 2008 at 8:15am
How does one start? I've always wanted to get the boy and girl started....
Comment by Christine on September 9, 2008 at 3:21pm
Start by having the dog get used to wearing a harness. Clip the traces to the back part of the harness so that they do not drag. After the dog is happy in harness, begin by attaching an empty plastic bottle or jar and dragging it behind the dog. Gets the dog used to something behind him/her. Depending on the dog, both these steps can take a few days or so of regular training, or be acclimated in ten minutes. I have seen both. But, for more integrity in the basic training, give each step a few days. Make sure that the dog is REALLY comfortable with the harness, then adding the attached thing that drags behind. This is also the time when the dog can begin to see the harness as an indicator of something fun and be eager to work.
Comment by pat ramapuram on October 14, 2008 at 9:48am
I took Edie carting around the show grounds this weekend- what a great experience for her. She loves to pull the cart anyway but all those people petting her- wow- she probably will be putting on her own harness now!! Tail never stopped wagging! It was also great training as turning the cart is difficult for them to learn but being in so many tight spaces she got pretty good at it. And although she loves her cart she (being a Pyr) doesn't actually like to 'PULL" it like up a hill Too much work for her Well this weekend we stopped at White dog Bone and got about 50 pounds worth of stuff and loaded her up- so she learned that once you pull a few steps then the cart just rolls along so it ain't so bad. SIGH- she had so much fun I can see that this is going to be a regular thing.
Comment by Donna Harris on June 22, 2009 at 1:18pm
My rescue, Ben, being such a big boy appears to need to work a little more. Even though he gets at least 2 hours of walking/trotting/running a day he still has the energy to barrel up the stairs, leap on the bed and shake the heck out of the bedclothes or mouthing and cornering us in the evening. All attention seeking, I believe. I guess you would, too, if you had spent a good part of your life in a cage in a garage. We're working on this and other unacceptable behaviours. He still has to earn his place on this website.

I am looking into getting a harness and the gear for him. I'll start with the harness and traces and see how that goes. I hope he is the natural that Edie is, Pat.

We have so much work to do as I first have to desensitive him to a muzzle so we can get working on resource guarding. I also will feel much safer when I go to pick up a paw or a hair pull sthe wrong way when I groom him (he loves to be groomed) and he growls. He has such a big personality but the growling/biting does scare me.

We'll start taking him to the Gatineau Hills for hill work. This way, we'll all get fit!! and he'll be more ready for carting.
Comment by Christine on November 1, 2009 at 4:56pm
There will be a Draft Test at the GPCA National Specialty show in Lancaster, PA on Wednesday, April 28.

There will be a Draft Test at the 2010 GPCA National Specialty Show in Lancaster, PA on April 28 in the afternoon. This will be an opportunity to earn a title--only need to pass the test once to earn the Draft Dog title. We will also have information available about Versatility and the GPCA Therapy Dog title, the AAT&A. If anyone wants the GPCA Draft Dog Regulations, please let me know. I will email them to you.

As I am one of the judges, I will not be able to enter this test.


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