We began with an explanation of what draft work is and how to obtain the coveted CKC Draft Dog Title.
We moved on with prep work that can be done with pups and novice adult dogs to ready them for cart work. We had several kinds of carts available for scrutiny and practice and both kinds of harnesses as well. Having the first ever DD and DDX German shepherds in North America, we are always excited to see some of the capable but non-draft breeds in attendance at our seminars. Two Danes, a boxer, and a malemute made up the 'other' breed members and did a good job. Tig, the malemute, took everything in stride and was not only able to be hooked into the cart but easily mastered the turns as well. Proud owner, Tammy, did a very capable job of handling this young dog, who was the 'star' of the seminar.
We were very fortunate to have two dogs available to demonstrate the three exercises that make up the DD test. Their practices gave the two 'judges' the opportunity to do some coaching which will improve the performance of both dogs.
Both Tubby Miller and Judith Snowdon had their dogs on site and both explained how they prepared their dogs for the DD and DDX titles. This gave participants some choices as to how to go about training their dogs.
The key..... small steps and planned practice to produce the proficiency that will be required in the Draft Dog Test.
Anyone wanting coaching or lessons in Draft Dog work can contact Judith Snowdon, Shadowbar Shepherds. Professional training...Proven Performance.
Nicole & Bailey
Nicole and Sophie