Drafting Clinic

DraftCinic1We drove to Calgary today to participate in a drafting/carting clinic put on by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Canada and the Newfoundland Dog Fanciers of Alberta.  We were joined by Coreen & Steve Johnson of Tailspin Bernese (Spirit’s breeders) with their Newfie Ryder and two other Tailspin Berners,  brother and sister Gunnar and Felice.

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Felice, Gunnar, Ryder and Spirit (L-R)

We started out a little rocky.  Spirit has been kicksledding for the last two months so she thought that she was supposed to take off like a rocket and pull the cart. It had to stand in front of her to stop her from racing off (and I have the bruises to prove it).  Eventually she caught on and began to walk nicely at my side and even started making some decent left and right turns.  We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us before we could even consider taking the draft dog test.

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