Carting for Dogs

dog carting

You can purchase this cart and others at Active Dogs

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What is carting?
Carting for dogs is fun. Carting is a dog sport in which large breed dogs pull a dogcart filled with items, such as firewood, farm goods, and sometimes people. Most dogs like to pull, and carting provides an acceptable means to exercise this innate trait. It is a fun way to spend time with the family and provide exercise for your dog.

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Video by USA K9 Teaching the Basics Dog Carting. 

Do NOT force a dog to cart!
Dog must be over 2 years to cart or you can cause permanent injure.
Dog must have a personality that enjoying carting.
ONLY cart during certain times of days and weathers.

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Can any breed participate?
Training dogs to pull carts to transport supplies enables them to help around farms. Carting is open to pure and mixed breed dogs. It's best you get a working dog, higher energy type dogs or a larger breed that can handle the load you want to cart. Small breed dogs are not recommend for dog carting due to injure and strain on the heart and body.

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What special equipment is required?
To get started in this dog sport, you will need the following equipment:

  • Cart
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Shafts
  • Siwash
  • Buckle
  • Tracers
  • Harness

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How much weight can my dog pull in the cart?
The pulling weight required each trial, competition, or event varies by club and level of difficulty your dog is entering. For instance, some beginner levels can require 20 to 40 pounds of weight or more. Advanced and intermediate levels will be even higher. Each club should clearly state the weight requirements in their Rules and Regulations.

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Are there clubs or organizations I can join?
There are many clubs and organizations nationwide that allow pure and mixed breeds, with preference given to their breed, such as:

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How do I get started?
Always ensure your dog is healthy and fit for carting. Carting is not a sport for a beginner handler or dog. Your dog will need a substantial foundation in basic obedience in a ring or show environment where a lot of distractions appear for both of you in every direction. If your dog is not under control when coupled to a wagon or cart, he can become very dangerous to himself and everyone around him.
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