Carting Corner

Selecting A Newf Pup For Carting

Posted by on November 1, 2013 in Article, Breed Specific, Carting Corner, Draft Work, Newf News

As a Newfoundland breeder with a special interest in dog carting I am often asked what criteria I use to select a pup as a potential draft dog. My answer comes in three parts and the second part usually surprises people.

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Three Wheeled Carts

Posted by on September 1, 2013 in Article, Carting Corner, Draft Work, Newf News

Since the 1800’s there has been fascination with three wheeled draft vehicles for dogs to power. One of the most unique is this tricycle from France in 1875. The back wheels were like giant hamster wheels with the dogs inside of them. Fortunately this didn’t catch on but similar devices were patented in both France and the USA.

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Wagons Are Fun

Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Article, Carting Corner, Draft Work, Newf News

Modern day wagons tend to have 10 inch diameter wheels although there are some with 13 inch wheels. The smaller wheels on a wagon means more rolling resistance which causes the dog or dogs pulling it to have to work harder. However the four wheels of a wagon make it a more stable platform and this enables greater versatility both in terms of types of cargo and for jazzing up the appearance.

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The Most Versatile Draft Dog

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Article, Breed Specific, Carting Corner, Draft Work, Newf News, Water Work

On land the Newfoundland dog is almost as good as they get as a draft dog probably only surpassed by the Bernese Mountain Dog. However in the water he is in a class all by himself both for strength and endurance.

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Carting Terminology

Posted by on March 1, 2013 in Article, Carting Corner, Draft Work, Newf News

One of the biggest hurdles for newcomers to carting and other forms of draft work with dogs is the terminology used. For amateur cart builders this is especially so. For example when someone starts to make their own cart for the first time, they see the pivoting bar but not knowing the purpose, may ignore it in their construction. However, if they know it has a name (whiffle tree), they would be more likely to do their research and find out why other cart makers took the trouble to install such a device.

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Tobogganing With Your Dog

Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Article, Carting Corner, Draft Work, Newf News

When one thinks of a fundamental winter vehicle, a sled often comes to mind but this device which is a platform raised on runners is only practical for relatively hard surfaces like permafrost (which covers 40 – 50% of the land area in Canada), packed snow trails and ice surfaces. In sub-arctic areas where powder snow abounds, something else was needed.

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