with your Bernese Mountain Dog has to be one of the most natural
and enjoyable past-times your Bernese can enjoy. After all, Bernese
were bred to pull carts and even today most Bernese are never happier
than when they're hitched up to a cart. I know that my Bernese's
tails wag so much with pleasure when they're carting, much more than
when they're showing. Of course not all Bernese will enjoy carting
and training your Bernese
a cart has to be done with expert help and certainly shouldn't be
attempted on your own. We're so fortunate that we have many very
dedicated carters in the country
to happy to help you in your quest to train your Bernese up to pull
a cart. We also have three main Bernese
where further help and advice can be obtained.
carting world couldn't be more different than the showing world
of the Bernese. Whereas the showing world is more a beauty contest
your Bernese and is based on they're appearance, movement and conformation.
The carting world is based on the dog's ability to pull a cart
and in turn do a days work. It doesn't matter if your dog's markings
aren't perfect or if it's coat isn't correct. Both areas, of course
require many hours of training to achieve a high standard of competence.
bond you build with your dog when it's carting is something far
perhaps than when showing. Also to achieve a sense of control when
carting your dog, your dog would really benefit from having
some grounding in obedience, not in a serious way more in a voice
people in the carting world are extremely friendly and very
helpful. They are very pleased to welcome new people and treat you
like one of the family. Once you decide to go down the route of carting
with your Bernese, there are several hurdles which you'll probably choose
to climb at some point. The first hurdle is finding
yourself a good cart. This
said than done as good ones don't come about very often. If you're
seriously looking for a cart then you're best to contact the Bernese
carting groups who'll keep an eye out for one for you. Remember if
you want to be able to compete on the carting course your cart will
need a full turning circle front axle. The second hurdle is the issue
of Swiss decoration. As we only know to
well, to purchase
the Swiss style outfits is extremely difficult, as a large proportion
of the items come from Switzerland. Here again if you speak to the
carters, you can often put a request in for the next shopping visit
to Switzerland, for whoever is visiting to try and purchase your
In the carting world, everyone helps each other and it's like one
big happy family.
started off showing our Bernese and were lucky enough to be offered
our Traditional Swiss cart before we were actually interested in
carting, perhaps fate played a part in getting us involved in carting?
The kindness and support we've received from the carters has been
more than showing, even though we're very active in both.
you become part of the carting world and have your own cart and decoration
etc. it opens up a whole new world for your family with your Bernese.
Several times a year the different Bernese Mountain Dog Clubs hold
working/fun days. At these events the carters have several classes
they can enter with their carts as well as competing on the carting
course. The event classes are usually, fancy dress upon a theme,
best carting turnout, judged on just your empty cart, dog and handler & the
Swiss theme carting class. The carting course which you compete with
one with your Bernese, is also a test of control and skill. It's
a bit like an assault course, but in a grounded way. It consists
of your dog pulling his cart around a course, round objects, over
and collecting things. There are four levels of the course,
you have to pass each level three times before moving up to the
next level, the final level is the master class, which the carter
with the most points collected from placings each year becomes the
overall top carting dog of the year. Click here
The Bernese Carting Group of GB for
more information. The sense of achievement when you do well on the
carting course is humbling.
Also before several of the Bernese Mountain Dog Championship Show
carters are asked to open the weekend with a carting display, which
is extremely enjoyable to watch but even better to take part in.
Along with all those activities, the carters also open many fetes
and are part of parades up and down the country over the summer months.
Of course to participate in these events your Bernese would have
to be fairly bomb proof and be a confident carter. Camping/caravanning
facilities are often available for these events and makes a lovely
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