About Carting (Cart Pulling) and Drafting

"Draft Work" refers to an activity where a dog is pulling something such as a a cart, a wagon, a sled, or even a log.  "Carting" is more specific, in Carting a dog pulls a wheeled vehicle.  Although any dog (big or small) can learn to pull a cart, Bernese are especially adapted to this sport.  Bernese Mountain dogs have historically functioned as draft dogs in various capacities, and performance of these exercises is intended to demonstrate skills resulting from both inherent ability and training that are applicable to realistic work situations.  Efficiency in accomplishing the tasks is essential. It is also desirable that the dogs evidence willingness and enjoyment of their work in a combination of controlled teamwork with their handlers and their own natural independence.
Information from
the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America


Learn more about Carting and Draft work at these web sites:

BMDCA - Getting started and other information
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America
Hard Working Dogs - Draft Work
Heart of Michigan Bernese Mountain Dog Club, inc.
4Paw Drafters, Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant
Michigan
Kennel Club
Mt. Pleasant Michigan Kennel Club
A Member Club of the American Kennel Club