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Old 08-29-2020, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Building a wagon help

I have a cooler that is missing a lid after my neighbor used it, she bought us a new one. Now it kinda looks like a wagon, it has wheels on one end. Does anyone have any ideas on how to convert this into a proper wagon for my dog to pull? It'll really only be around the house and property. I figured it would be a nice cheap intro to pulling a cart before I start building one. He has a harness with the rings on the sides for attatching a lightweight cart.

I'll do a google search, but I wanted to see if anyone here has done something like this too. Get ideas.
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Old 09-03-2020, 02:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I have cart made of a plastic tub I attached lawnmower wheels to. To attach it to my dog, I ran pvc pipes from it's sides out in front with eye hooks along it. I ran cord through the eye hooks and put caribiner clips on it to clip to the sides of his harness. I haven't used it in ages, so I have no pictures anymore, but it did the job before I got better equipment.
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Thanks, I modified temporarily and realized the wheels need to be bigger.

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However you end up building your training cart, be sure to learn about harness recommendations to ensure that weight is distributed safely. Weight pull harnesses have a thick collar that is in effect a heavily padded yoke. There is a spreader behind the dog in lieu of shafts. I haven't personally done carting but the same principles should apply for distribution of tension and weight. Here are some images of different types of carts with dogs hooked up: cartingequipment

You want a well-fitted harness first. There are different types depending on the type of cart and how dog will be hooked up.

Always start light when you begin training--the idea is mostly about getting the dog used to pulling something behind them. The empty cooler cart should work well for getting started.

For the weight pull training we did, I also strung together some beer cans to use as distraction (noise) training. I don't drink much beer so my friends enjoyed helping make the rattle-drag, LOL.
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Thanks, we have a couple pulling harnesses. One still works with shafts, the other needs the neck redone since Gim's neck beefed up. I would like to get an all leather cart harness one day for him. He has a weighted harness and pulls the garbage cans for me. He stopped wanting to pull for a while, but he's feeling better. We stopped training outside for now because of the smoke from the fires and needing to be ready to evac at any time. He'll get back into it soon hopefully.

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