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carting or pulling

August 5th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Hi all. So I have decided that now Harley is almost 2, it is safe for him to start weight pulling. Now that the descision has been made, I can not find a canadian store that sells pulling harnesses.
I would like for him to start before winter, this way, my daughter can enjoy the walks much better.
Does anyone know of a place that can or will sell them?

August 5th, 2006, 10:56 PM
The place I originally looked, the weight pulling harness is at the bottom - $60

They sell a weight pulling harness too:

But the last link is by far the best weight pulling harness I have ever seen!!! I haven't personally tried it but it is the one I will buy!! I am still using Dodger's x-back harness for training. He started by skijoring in the winter, pulling the bike trailer in the spring and is now pulling a tire - I hope to build a PVC PVC cart eventually.

They have numerous gallery pages so you can get a good look at the harnesses and how they fit on certain breeds!

Oh and here is one example of a build your own PVC cart:

Good luck!:D

August 5th, 2006, 11:08 PM
How do you teach your dog to pull weights or carts? I've heard about it, but I don't really know anything about it, and it sounds like something my dog may be good at (when she's older of course, she's only 10 months now).

August 6th, 2006, 12:21 AM
I used an x-back which is really not the best idea - you should get a proper freight harness for optimal comfort (for you dog).

Anyway, its pretty easy - you teach like any other command/behaviour. First, your dog must be comfortable with the harness. Then you can start luring and rewarding your dog with food and or toys for short, easy pulls. So less than 15ft depending on the dog, with something not too heavy (I used a backpack with a couple of water bottles, then the bike trailer, then a 25lbs pound weight and now the tire for my 60lbs dog). You can't start them too hard or too fast because they won't enjoy themselves! Your dog is your best indicator of where you should start and progress. Eventually, you want your dog to respond to the pull command by pulling and going ahead on her own or with you in front or to the side etc...

You also need to teach directionals. You can do that now while your pup is young because they don't need to pull to learn that part!

August 6th, 2006, 02:24 AM
I'll have to try that, walnut loves all kinds of exercise, and learning new things, and that seems to combine both.
She's also an EXTREMELY high drive dog with lots of energy so it's hard to find things that will actually tire her out or calm her down at all (closest so far has been letting her swim against the current in the river for hours - no we don't make her, she chooses to do this, lol), and we can't take her to the river every day so I'd like to find something we can do at home.
Thanks for the information :)

August 6th, 2006, 07:48 AM
Another harness site

Here is a carting harness

August 6th, 2006, 07:58 AM
These BMD breeders (members of the BMD Club of Quebec) make carts and also sells harnesses:

They're in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines.

August 6th, 2006, 12:33 PM
A site that offers dog cart conversion parts for wagons also has sleigh runners for wagons