I am happy to find someone who actually does carting! I have seriously considered getting into carting, but haven't really had the time up to this point.
I was pretty close to getting started when 3 hurricanes paid visits and changed my agenda, no free time for anything except home repairs.
I have some beautiful cart plans, shared by others and a hubby who can build one without too much difficulty. Just wondering though if I've left it until too late. Beau is now 3, the "pups" are 2.
I had actually joind the chariot of dogs and still receive their updates. Have a lady who is very big into carting who lives not terribly far from me who was going to help train, etc..just figured that I've simply let the opportunity pass by waiting so long.
You guys cart to?! Awsome! I love carting, even though I don't cart with the traditional breeds, have trained a couple of Bernese Mountian Dogs for someone. But I cart with my lab/coonhound mix. I started out with my GSDs, but the 2 that I did carting with, the female passed away last year, and my male is to old and has to many health problems. But my lab mix loves it.
Carting, or more correctly called drafting, is one of the most fun dog sports I have ever been involved in. I'm on Chariots too! :-) Who is near you? (or just tell me what state you are in and what breed of dog they have?)
A dog is never too late to learn carting, even without a cart you can start them now. Grab a few empty milk jugs, or toss a few rocks into them, and get your dogs used to dragging those, that way when you hook them up to a cart it won't frighten them. My favorite Harness is a simple X-back, made by Black Ice Dog Sledding.
I live in s. FL. It's been so long now (over 2 years), the lady has a farm? ranch? in Jensen or Stuart area. Super nice and was so willing to help.
I figured that with Beau being 100-105 and full maturity, has also had hips, spine and knees checked which are perfect.. it wouldn't prove a physical problem for him. Arwen, I'm not too sure about, she's only 85 pounds and Ubs, well..he's too much of a house hound and has NOT got the outgoing personality of the others (long and boring story there).
I know that Pyrs are used for drafting, so thought it would be something that they and their humans would enjoy doing togther.
Please excuse my ignorance, I've never heard of this before... "
Yes of course for the dog to pull you in LOL.
There is not set amount of weight for a dog, and it depends on what type of cart you are using, in a City-Mini (google them, they are a dorsal hitch type cart, that's the only way I can explain them, they are NOT what you will expect) for example a 50 lb dog can pull a 250 lb person.
In my sulkies it's normally safe for you to double the dogs weight to pull, but that is NOT a set idea.
My male Bernese Mountain dog, Bailey, who weighs 110 lbs does the dog sport of weight pull, he can walk off with 500 lbs comfortably and has pulled more than 1050.
My lightly built female Beauceron (70 lbs) I really wouldn't expect to pull more than 100 lbs without becomeing uncomfortable in a short amount of time.
However my two Beaucerons, working as a team can move with me for up to an hour and a half at a time, moving at a brisk trot.
My friend Cindy, and her Great Dane, Gus can go in her City Mini Sulky at over 40 mph.
LTM, yes, if the dog is large enough, they can pull humans, at least from what I've read.
Some breeds are used as draft animals in Euope to this day, pulling carts with various supplies.
Beau is a VERY outgoing, happy guy. Very patinet, easy going and loves to have fun. Arwen, well..she couldn't concetrate for more than 5 seconds, she's my wild child and escape artist (can climb a 6' fence in 2 seconds flat)!
Ubs, well, he's just not outgoing at all. He's more the couch potato type, loves to hang out, cuddle the kids and just be a lazy guy. He's also NOT happy around strangers or large groups, so I would never consider putting him through it. Then again, if he's having fun, he might just realx a bit!