“Drafting and carting are sports that are open to all breeds of dogs. Pulling carts to help transport items was a task that many dogs were — and still are — trained to do to help around farms. Dogs like to pull – and this gives them an acceptable way to exercise their right to do so! “ Jackie Phillips, AKC Canine Partners Newsletter

Carting is the perfect “job” for a working breed. With you at the helm, you exhibit your Boxer’s ability to pull a cart and exhibit proficiency at various maneuvering exercises.

Some of these exercises include showing turns, changes of direction, backing up, etc. and become increasingly difficult at the higher levels. You will demonstrate off lead heeling through serpentine courses and more! Eventually tasks are performed over and around obstacles – then weight is added! As part of a beginning drafting test, dogs are required to show basic obedience skills and stability. Your Boxer’s ability to perform the carting tasks in public parks on busy weekends, when these tests are commonly held, demonstrates his good temperament and joy for working!

For a working dog like the Boxer, this is a wonderful team-building activity that exhibits our breed performing a function for which it was once used!


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