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Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« on: October 22, 2007, 12:34:20 pm »
I'm interested in teaching Bo to cart but I'm having trouble finding information online on how to get started!  I'd like to know how to build a cart (not for riding in) or to find out where to buy one.  I figured that it would be a good way for her to get exercise while still on leash (off-leash exercise has proven to be more exercise for me-as I chase her)!  We live in a relatively rural area with lots of room to travel, so I'd love to hear from others who have carted with their big dogs. 
Thanks for the help!!
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2007, 12:39:51 pm »
congrads!  on the bottom of this page there is how to make a pvc cart, and also how to modify a child's wagon into a cart.  it also has some info on carting for you, though not as much as some other sites.  it has the basics, how to get your dog to accept a cart, and breaking to drive though.  someone on here (or two people maybe) cart, so they'll have more info.  good luck!

http://www.canadasguidetodogs.com/clubs/draftdog.htm
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2007, 12:41:54 pm »
I just started to train Lily for drafting test. Our start wasn't very promising. Lily got spooked by shafts so we are working on pulling a piece of wood around.
The most important thing is to start very slowly and do not move to the next step untill your dog is totally confident. Some pyrs have no problem being harnessed and pulling a cart right away. I have pretty useful articles on how to start on my website.

http://lovely.pyrenees.googlepages.com/cartingwithyourpyr

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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2007, 12:45:08 pm »
I'm excited to read all that great material-thanks for positing it!  Bo has not had any trouble with harnesses thus far and she certainly can pull me!!  I know what you mean about starting slow, but fortunately she doesn't spook easily with gear.  I used to put a backpack on her until she outgrew it!  I swear they don't make enough big-dog accessories! 
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2007, 12:48:02 pm »
I got this from Catherine De La Cruz's website.

http://www.cartingwithyourdog.com/

And there is also this

http://www.sonic.net/~cdlcruz/carting/pvccart.htm
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2007, 12:58:30 pm »
Thanks-the cartingwithyou rdog.com website is under construction but the other one is working fine. 
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2007, 01:14:15 pm »
how big is your pupper?  i have a backpack i got from petsmart that fits axle even in the winter months when he chunks his way up to about 140-ish lbs.  the xl size i think, it was $40 and it's really nice, in the event you don't want to keep carting or go on trails like i do where a cart can't go.  carting sounds like so much fun, too bad axle can't do it  :-\  i'm so green over all of you who can do it lmao btw, i'd love to see pics of your babies!  i don't think i have!
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steffanie in atlanta

aiden (4), tristan (2), & maya (born sept. 17th)
axle-140ish-lb akita (4)
peanut-5lb, 11 months chihuahua
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2007, 01:18:46 pm »
Unfortunately there aren't many supplies for big dogs...the largest I can find is size Large, which fits Floyd (70lbs) but not Bo.  Oh well...
I'll attach some photos of the kids so you can see!
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2007, 01:24:24 pm »
omg!  i love floyd's face!  how sweet!  bo sure is a looker!  i wish i had the time to have a long haired dog (and didn't move so much so i could)!  they're gorgeous!  thanks for putting those up for me!
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steffanie in atlanta

aiden (4), tristan (2), & maya (born sept. 17th)
axle-140ish-lb akita (4)
peanut-5lb, 11 months chihuahua
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2007, 01:30:08 pm »
Yeah, Floyd is my total love bug.  He's a rescue from a shelter & when we got him he was only 50lbs, not housetrained, not leash trained and very hand shy.  He's now a very healthy 70lbs, almost totally on voice command and SO loving.  Bo is the princess-she's never known a day of hardship in her life, although you'd never know it from the amount of whining she does!!  Bo's been a therapy dog for almost 4 years and Floyd was just certified this year.  The long hair is an issue, and if she was a kid on the playground, her friends would tease her becuase of the jacked up haircuts I give her!! =)
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Re: Does anyone know about carting with your dog?
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2007, 01:32:48 pm »
haha can't be any worst than when i tried to shave axle and the clippers broke half way done!  i totally jacked your thread lol sorry!
steffanie in atlanta

aiden (4), tristan (2), & maya (born sept. 17th)
axle-140ish-lb akita (4)
peanut-5lb, 11 months chihuahua
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