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on June 6, 2011
This is a beginner's book that explains, step by step, the preparation needed for successful carting. It starts with obedience basics. Carting equipment & harnesses are described including variations. Photographs complement the text & aid understanding. Terminology is printed in bold which draws attention to the word which is then explained, often with a photo or drawing.

Introduction of the dog to the cart is carefully done to make this a postiive experience. Cart pulling, the turns, & backing are taken step by step. After all this work it is time to show off. There are sections about weight training, parades, & competitions once the dog gets used to distractions & an audience, which has its own chapter. A problem-solving section is followed by 5 appendixes. There is a good index.

A short biography shows the author to be an experienced trainer. Her concern for the dog's welfare & comfort shows in the text. Positive training techniques are used throughout.

I am pleased with this purchase.
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on August 20, 2013
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I was referred to this book by an experienced Drafting and Berner person.

I had absolutely no experience with drafting or carting, though my dog, Dino, a Mixed Breed, had done weight pull in the past. With the help from this book and the regular practices with the local Berner group, we were able to pass our first Draft test this past Saturday, making Dino the first Mixed Breed to earn the Novice Draft Dog title!

What I also liked about this book is the emphasis on clicker and positive training, since this was the ONLY type of training Dino knows about. He has never worn a chain or pinch collar and had not received any physical corrections.

Highly recommended!
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on February 6, 2013
This is a great dog training book. You should have some experience in dog training to fulling understanding all of the material in the book and the book only touches on cart construction so you will need to find another book specifically covering that subject. But it is a wonderful hobby for exercising working breeds who thrive on this type of activity. I know of clubs who exercise Rottweilers and Mastiffs using rid on carts to give the dogs the workout they need. Also as gas prices continue to rise it may again become practical to use dog carts for light farm work for those of you who are into personal micro-farming. Its a green alternative to gas powered vehicles and gets you working with animals that are part of the family. Plus you can begin to teach children the basics of being a teamster working with dogs so that one day they can move up to larger animals.
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on September 10, 2017
very informative , lots of pictures and detailed info.
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on February 7, 2014
Main reason to get it was the cover, that looks like my dog. Second reason, it has a was to convert a radio flyer into a pulling rig.
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on April 12, 2016
Very informative book. Lots of helpful information. Doesn't matter if you are a novice to carting or experienced, it is must have resource if you want to do carting with your dog, and especially if you want to compete.
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on June 29, 2017
Super book! Informative and very detailed!
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on January 7, 2017
As a new Berner owner, we are anxious to give our girl a job! This book is an ideal introduction to carting.
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on September 14, 2016
Nice book. Haven't had enough time to read all of it though.
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on April 25, 2015
Great step by step instructions and encouraging ideas on being successful with working with your dog on carting. Definitely would recommend it.
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