|Draught Work with NEWForest Working Dogs|
The Newfoundland was used for real draught work in the past, hauling cargo in ports such as Poole.
Nowadays we practise draught work, or the hauling of carts, on private land, in fields or riding arenas where we can.
Newfoundlands often take to carting very well, many don't really even notice that the cart is behind them, but to train a young animal we start gently, first by just a person holding traces, then moving up to the log pull, the training wheels, and then the light, quiet aluminium cart before progressing to the heavier wooden carts.
Different carts add variety to the game and we also have fun with the fancy dress, decorated cart competition at one of the Newfoundland Club events.
We also put on demonstrations of carting at a few local fetes, which are usually very popular with the spectators, and the dogs thoroughly enjoy the attention too.