Draught dog sport is a great way to do sports together with your dog. However, it’s not suitable for every dog breed. Strength, endurance, running will, height and stature as well as health and obedience play an important role in this fast-paced dog-human occupation.
What is draft dog sport?
In simple words, we can say draft dog sport is sports with a dog in which a dog or number of dogs pulls a person (with the vehicle) behind him. A distinction is made between different disciplines, which are carried out either on the feet, skis, on the bicycle, on DogScooter, Dog Trike, Sacco Cart, or sled. In all disciplines, dog and human (or vehicle) are connected with a pull line, which may be attached to an antenna. The dog runs away from the front and pulls what he should have to pull. The fastest dog-human team wins the race.
Which dogs are suitable for draught dog sport?
In general, almost all healthy dogs older than 18 months are suitable for draft dog sports. Some dog breeds have been bred specifically to pull a sled or other loads. Examples are the Siberian Husky, the Greenland Dog, the Alaskan Malamute, and the Samoyed. Mountain dogs such as the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Leonberger are also strong, large dogs that helped their humans can also move heavy goods. These breeds are of course predestined for dog pulling!
In general, it depends on the physique, the joy of running, pulling power, and obedience, for which draft dog sport your dog is suitable.
Draught dog sport – unreasonable burden or terrific occupation?
The answer is: draft dog sport is what you make of it!
If you conscientiously follow the rules, have provided suitable equipment for you and your dog and you are both completely fit and healthy, draft dog sport is a terrific activity! Joint ventures strengthen the bond between dog and owner and ensure mental and physical strain. It is your responsibility to train your dog gently and never send it cold to the start. Pay attention to your dog’s level of training and warm him up in peace before each tour. It becomes an unreasonable burden if your dog is not up to the demands of the draft dog sport or simply does not enjoy it. So it’s up to you to weigh up, assess your dog and scale back your own needs if your dog just doesn’t want to or can’t. The same applies if your dog exaggerates and exhausts himself out of sheer overzealousness – here it is up to you to slow him down to a healthy level.