CARTING & SLEDDING:
Carting involves using a cart or wagon. Carts are normally two wheels with shafts harnessed to the dog. There are numerous sites in which to buy carts and wagons. For large dogs (like malamutes) some people use miniature or pony carts and wagons. We use a miniature horse wagon for parades. If you plan to ride and not walk alongside the wagon, it is advisable to buy a vehicle with brakes or you can injure the dog(s) and yourself especially going down hills.
Links to sites for carts, wagons, shafts, harness and other equipment are:
Sacco (a Norwegian company now in U.S.):
Buggy Bob's specializing in horse vehicles including for minis:
Driving Dogs has equipment and some videos of carts in action:
Black Stars has equipment for most dryland and traditional activities:
Black Ice: http://www.blackicedogsledding.com/
Alpine Outfitters: http://www.alpineoutfitters.net/secure/scripts/default.asp
Bluerose Alaskan Malamutes
K-9 weight pull is a competitive sport available to any breed of dog in which determination is rewarded. the art of pulling with dogs is not a new one as man has asked canines to pull carts, sleds and wagons for centuries. It was formally introduced in the United States during the 1970's and now can be seen in many different parts of the world. In that time many breeders have began to use weight pull as one of their ways to help determine quality breeding stock. People have many misconceptions about weight pull and think it is harmful to the dog and we make the dogs pull massive weights they cannot handle, on the contrary no respectable organization allows a dog to be leashed or tethered during a weight pull so the dog does not have to pull if it does not want to and when proper training is applied a dog will have much better physical fitness. Others may think that this will cause hip dysplasia but if done correctly a dog will have stronger hip, leg and shoulder muscles causing less stress on hips and other joints providing a better life allowing it to be a healthy dog even longer. This activity is very well suited for malamutes or any large dog. Remember the husky is for racing and speed yet they also excel at this sport. The malamutes are for weight and cargo. There are weight classes for any size dog and they can be mixed or pure breed. There is no way a Saint Bernard will pull against a Chihuahua!! Yes, even little dogs are welcome to the competition.
TYPES OF PULLING
There are many types of pulling activities you can do with your dog. These include carting / sledding (mushing) and weight. These activities do not have to be done as a sport. They are fun activities with minimal expense and hours of great times with your dog.
What's the difference between Dryland Dog Mushing and Traditional Dog Mushing? Dryland Mushing is not dependent on snow, while Traditional Mushing is. Both of these sports involve using dogs to pull a vehicle, whether it be a sled, bike, scooter, or gig (any type of wheeled vehicle other than a bike or scooter). Dog “drivers” are called Mushers. As well as driving the vehicle, Mushers are also dog trainers and caretakers. While there are races in both of these sports, traditional dog sledding has long endurance races, such as the “Iditarod” as well as short sprint races that may only be a few miles long. Dryland races are usually only a few miles long and are not as prestigious or competitive as their traditional counterparts. Dryland Dog Mushing is a relatively new sport in the United States, while Traditional Mushing's “Sled Dog Capital of the World” is located in the United States. In both of these events, purebred Siberian Huskies as well as mixed breed dogs are used in races, although Siberians are mainly used on a recreational level. Dryland Dog Mushing tends not to be as expensive as Traditional Dog Mushing, in fact some “Iditarod” Mushers live in tents because they can't afford to buy a house and pay for a dog kennel at the same time. Many Dryland Dog Mushers are just in the sport to have fun and aren't concerned about winning. Although Traditional Mushing and Dryland Mushing have many differences, most Mushers just want to have a good time with their dogs and participate in this exciting sport.
The following links are generic for various types of harnesses, ganglines, collars and other equipment. Specialty links are listed after each activity section. Some harness companies sell small amounts of carting supplies. Some small harness and carting equipment can be found under harness goat sites.