canine cargo carts™:  dog carts for pulling breeds                                                                                                                            

                                                    Frequently Asked Questions

1) What do we mean by "pulldog"?









2) How much can my dog pull?





3) Can my dog pull a full cart right away?  How far can he go?








4) How long does it take a dog to learn to pull and maneuver a dog cart?











5) How do I know my dog will like a cargo cart?








6) Can I try out a cargo cart before I buy one?












7) What is the difference between regular dog carting or dryland mushing and cargo carting?






8) What are the dimensions of the different dog carts?  What size will my dog need?














9) Can I use any harness for a cargo cart?








10) Can the carts be taken offroad, or used on pavement only?




11) Do the carts have or need a brake?







12) What if I have two or more dogs?











13) Can children ride in the cart?






14) Who can I contact for more questions or concerns?

1) A pulldog is any dog that loves to pull!  This includes dogs typically used for carting, sledding/mushing or draft work.  It also includes dogs that need an outlet for extra energy!  Breeds used for centuries for pulling include Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes, Bernese Mt Dogs, Greater Swiss Mt Dogs and Great Pyrenees.  Dobes, Rotties, herding dogs like GSD and Shelties, and all bully breeds also tend to enjoy pulling.  

2) Dogs in good condition can comfortably pull 2-3 times their body weight over moderate to long distance.  Offroad and extremely hilly terrain reduce this by 1/3 to 1/2.  Every dog is different, so be patient and make allowances as needed.

3)
Every dog is different.  Just like people, dogs need to increase distance and weight gradually over time.  Most dogs increase physical conditioning faster than their humans, but never overwork or overheat your dog.  Overweight dogs need extra care and concern.  See your Veterinarian for advice before conditioning your dog, especially if your dog is senior or obese. 


4) Again, every dog is different.  If you have a pulling breed dog, such as a Siberian husky or Alaskan malamute, the dog probably already knows how to pull!  ALL dogs must be taught to maneuver a cart, because the shafts are rigid and they need to be comfortable with turns.  Initially pulling a cart can be intimidating to the dog, and even dogs that eventually love pulling require patient coaxing (remember training your puppy to walk on a leash?)  We provide training videos to assist with this.  Typically dogs take a few sessions to become pulling and turning pros!

5) If your dog's ancestors were used for pulling, chances are your dog will love to pull a cart.  High-energy dogs are happier and calmer if given a job with a purpose, and lots of praise while performing.  All dogs need to be appreciated, and the extra time you spend with them while they pull also increases their enjoyment of the task.  If your dog is a couch potato, and easily satisfied with a short walk, cargo carting may not be for you. 


6) Maybe!  If you live on the West Coast, you can visit Husky Haven of Los Angeles.  The organization rescues Siberian huskies and husky mixes.  They have a Standard cart onsite and plenty of Sibes to demonstrate pulling!  Contact www.huskyhavenofla.org for more info.  Maybe you'll even find another pulldog to bring home!  Juneau and Jules also weekly pull around lakes and parks in San Diego, and occasionally in local mountains and the Sierras.  Follow them on Twitter and Facebook to join any of these outings!


7) Dog carting and dryland mushing typically involve dogs pulling people, like sled dogs do in snow.  A cargo cart does not hold people, and is designed to allow active people to walk or hike with even more active dogs!  It also allows better control of slightly unruly dogs, since the owner is walking next to the cart instead of riding in it.

8) Canine Cargo Carts come in four sizes.  They are: Small Dog, Standard, Giant Breed, and Dog Ride-Along Cart.  Dimensions for all are shown on the prices/info page, along with weight of each cart.  Small Dog and Standard are also available as Duo Carts, for two dogs side-by-side.  Generally, we recommend a Standard Cart for any dog 45-95 pounds; a Small Dog Cart for any dog 15-35 pounds; a Giant Breed Cart for any dog over 110 pounds.  Dogs between those ranges can vary, so please ask.  When you submit your dog's measurements on the info page, we'll also contact you if there are discrepencies with your order.
 


9) Pulldogs dog carts have two attachments per side, while most dog carts only have one.  The extra attachment acts as a brake on the downhill, and helps to distribute the load over long distances.  Most dog harnesses on the market will not work;  however, pulka harnesses will work with most of our cart sizes.  Pulldogs features padded fleece-lined harnesses that match our carts. 

10) The carts are designed to be tough and rugged enough for offroad use, and have been tested extensively for this.  They also feature never-go-flat tires which resist punctures for added security away from home.


11) Cargo carts do not have a brake.  As previously mentioned, the extra ring attachment on the shafts acts as a brake on downhills.  For exceptionally steep declines with a heavily loaded cart, we suggest clipping a leash to the support loop (leash ring is attached) to help slow the dog.  Under the vast majority of conditions this is not necessary.

12) There are several options for multi-dog households.  For households with two or more healthy pulling dogs, we suggest either a cart for each dog or a Duo if the dogs get along and are similar in size.  For households with only one healthy pulling dog, we suggest a Dog Ride-Along Cart.  It has seatbelt restraints for an older or debilitated dog to ride securely in cart, while the active pulling dog works.  Two healthy dogs can also trade places with this cart, allowing each to work in turn.  Please note: due to the restraint required, we do not recommend that extremely high-strung dogs or dogs with disk disease (back problems) ride in this cart. 


13) Canine Cargo Carts are designed for cargo only, and to be used with supervision only.  We do not suggest that children ride in cart due to safety concerns.  As mentioned above, dogs can ride in cart with restraints. 

14) Please feel free to ask us anything about dog carts, pulling dog breeds, or pulldogs.com.  We are reachable at caninecargocart@gmail.com, denise@pulldogs.com , or text 619-417-8296.  We look forward to hearing from you!