Drafting with Swissies
Swissies are a draft breed and most will naturally take to pulling a cart. Any swissy can enjoy this activity, but must be introduced carefully to avoid training setbacks. Even young puppies can be introduced to the noises and "feel" of cart pulling.
Kenzie earning her Draft Dog title under judges Mary Jo Rasmussen and Huck Bothner.
The photo to the right shows Kenzie and I earning her Open Draft Dog title. She earned it on the first try, and earned her Novice Draft Dog title on the first try as well!! She doesn't particularly love drafting, but is always so careful and accurate that she always goes "clean".
The pictures below were taken by my friend Kris Featheringham, while at a club draft clinic.
These two photos were taken at the C&P club's spring draft trial. The above pair is Laurie Carmody and her girl, Raven, executing the "back-up". A team must complete this portion in 60 seconds while backing twelve inches.
The picture on the right is Kelly Nevin's boy, Fender, completing the "moveable obstacle" portion of the draft test. For this, the dog must pass through a gate or other such obstacle, often times put in a wait once through, while the handler closes the gate or replaces the obstacle to it's former position.