Canine Draft Work

Lessons in working your dog in Carting with your Dog

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Determining the height of bend in your shafts.

The height of bend in your shafts should be determined by the height of the axle, height of the attachment of the shafts to the cart, and the height of your dog at the point of shoulder.

Advantages of having a bend in the shafts include being able to roll the shafts in or out to adjust height and width for the multiple dogs sharing the same cart set up.  The bigger the bend, the more leeway you have to adjust.  The less bend, the less adjustability but more stability.

The angle of the bend is not important as long as the ending height is the same. I typically stick with 30 degree bends.  For questions:

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Harnessing and Hitching During a Draft Test

This video shows the harnessing and hitching section that is common in many draft tests.

Teaching Your Dog to Love Carting

These are the first few steps for teaching your dog to love carting. I strongly believe that this is the most important step in carting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Teaching a dog to back up in cart

Vesta, a 19 month old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, demonstrates how to back up into a cart.  She also shows how to make turns in cart, back up in cart, and a moving stand. 

Vesta is owned by Jennie Chen.  Her registered name is Seneca's Roman Candle Reigns Vesta, CA, HIC, NWPD.  You can visit her at