Dog Powered Travel

Lina Naughtin says that she’s always wanted a horse, but is making due with a happy, willing substitute: the Winter Park, FL woman is often seen rolling through town in a dog drawn cart.

The ancient tradition of dog carting is enjoying a bit of a revival among enthusiastic hobbyists. Naughtin says that while she does get a few funny looks, people love the fact that her Treeing Walker Coonhound Broly gets so fired up for his daily workout.




Comments

  1. Tracy says on  07/12/2011 at 12:12 pm

    that is awesome :)

  2. Bill says on  07/12/2011 at 12:12 pm

    fantastic, want one. i can already howl so part way there ;0)

  3. Tracey says on  07/12/2011 at 12:13 pm

    That’s pretty funny. Both dog and owner look like they are having fun. Maybe we will try that with our dog. He weighs 118 and is full of energy. My husband takes him on a four mile run but I think he could do the pulling.

  4. Love it!

  5. Corinne says on  07/12/2011 at 12:16 pm

    What a great dog,he looks like he is loving it :0)

  6. Yes, very common in European countries too. The carts are designed to not put pressure. So it is a great way for them to get exercise at their speed. We are going to be using dog carts in our Therapy Dog program. They will be handler lead since they will be with kids, but such a fun and unique experience!! Thanks for the article.

  7. Tanya says on  07/12/2011 at 12:21 pm

    he needs a little helmet too – in case they gain to much downhill speed..

  8. Michele says on  07/12/2011 at 12:32 pm

    Awesome…my dog would love it for the sheer go, go, go…she’s a Shepard, Rottweiler, Husky mix. When I walk her she sometimes acts like she’s pulling a sled or wants too! LOL!

  9. Judy says on  07/12/2011 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like an accident just waiting to happen.

  10. Steve says on  07/12/2011 at 12:47 pm

    working dogs love this stuff, they have pulled carts for centuries. It is great exercise for them and it extends their lives. I’ve seen cattle dogs work in the hot sun for 8 to 10 hours and it doesnt bother them except for being really hungry at the end of the day.

  11. Bill says on  07/12/2011 at 12:52 pm

    that is one happy hound! some breeds just love pulling and i think it would be difficult to force a dog to pull a cart or sled if they really didn’t want to

  12. I have always wanted to do this with/for my dogs. The “springer” attachment for bicycles is a close second, but this contraption is more like what I was envisioning. I wonder if anyone is manufacturing such a thing?

  13. Pitter says on  07/12/2011 at 1:02 pm

    Looks like he’s really liking this. Love the howl. My daughter’s Rottie used to pull a small pony cart and he thought he was the best ever. Head high, nub wagging a cocky trot. :-)

  14. Sarah says on  07/12/2011 at 1:24 pm

    oh how kool! wonder if this would be good for older people?

  15. Brynne says on  07/12/2011 at 1:31 pm

    That is so cool! Hunting dogs like that need both a job and strenuous daily exercise. “Drafting” is getting pretty popular in parts of Michigan. People forget that dogs are meant to work and this is an excellent, non-destructive way for them to do it.

  16. Big difference in letting a dog work and have a job to do and running them into the ground for $$… Does it look like he is doing it against his will? Even most sled dogs enjoy what they do. It’s the over-work and lack of care that is the problem there.

  17. Some folks I’ve seen in my area have an odd looking tandem pedal cart that they harness a couple of Siberian Huskies too. The go down to their local coffee house in the mornings with them. The people pedal to help and the dogs get their work-out. Good for everyone.

  18. I think this is wonderful. WHY do people have a problem with this? The dog CLEARLY enjoys what he’s doing!! A dog with a job is a HAPPY dog!! I’d love to get a cart like that for my dog he’d LOVE it. I was working on cart pulling with my Rott mix before we lost him tragically at a young age. He loved EVERY minute of it.

  19. …great exercise & very invigorating for the dog…my only suggestion would be for the dog to occassionally wear special custom-fit doggy runners to save his pads from injury while running on pavement (especially when warm/hot outside)…

  20. It’s really sad that people think it’s cruel. Dogs no matter the breed or mix, if they have a job they are happy. I just don’t understand why people feel this is cruel? I guess because it’s always been my mind sent that a dog that works is happy. Even if it’s just the conformation ring, the dogs KNOW they have a job and they enjoy it. I showed my Chinese Cresteds for about 4 years and OMG they knew when they were going to a show and when they were about to go in the ring, they LOVED it. My terrier mix LOVES GTG, and now that my Crested is retired she loves luring.

  21. Fred says on  07/12/2011 at 4:14 pm

    That is a super idea!!! Obviously the dog doesn’t object so why should anybody else? That is one cool rig.

  22. Powell says on  07/12/2011 at 5:01 pm

    I’d try that with my working line Siberian Husky Mickey who has raced as a team dog. He does not know commands. Stop for him would be difficult.

  23. This is such a cool story and they look like they are both having the time of their lives. Kudos to her for putting in the effort and training and having fun with her little K9 partner!

  24. According to Weatherunderground.com, it feels like 113 degrees in Winter Park, Florida right now. It’s abusive for Naughtin to run her dog in the intense heat. People run dogs for their own benefit. They do it for attention and profit. There’s no reason to believe that Naughtin’s dog likes running for one hour. It’s wrong to think that sled dogs always want to run. Just like us, they don’t like running when they’re sick, tired or are in pain. The Iditarod has a long, well-documented history of dog deaths, illnesses and injuries. For more facts, go to the Sled Dog Action Coalition website: http://www.helpsleddogs.org.

    • Anonymous says on  12/27/2011 at 9:12 am

      I don’t run my dog in the heat. He doesn’t like to run in the heat either. When he is hot and tired he stops. I can’t make him run when he doesn’t want too. I only run him in the morning and late in the afternoon in the summer. The video was taken right after the sun came up, so it was not hot. I keep water with me and check his feet before and after going. I keep a close eye on his health, and will give him a brake if he needs it. I also don’t take him everyday. I walk or jog him everyother day.

  25. I have nothing against a working breed receiving breed appropriate exercise. However, I live in Florida and we have heat-related deaths every summer. Both humans and animals suffer in our hot and humid climate. This woman stated she wanted a HORSE, but is making-do with a dog. You see her run the dog on pavement with no protection for his pads and no water. He is shown panting excessively and still she runs him for an HOUR to a DOG PARK? Seriously? What is he supposed to do at the dog park? Run with the other dogs? She seems like a self-centered attention seeker that cares only about people seeing her being pulled around town. She seems to house her dog outside & makes a rude reference to dogs being “couch potatoes”. A dog who is only shown attention & allowed out to “work”, will gladly do anything to please his human. Remember, the most cruelly abused dogs will still try to please & forgive their abuser. Dogs love unconditionally.

    • Anonymous says on  12/27/2011 at 10:01 am

      Broly was our condo dog, but it is better for working dogs to live in the environment they work in. He cannot handle the heat if he is in airconditioning all the time. I try to keep the air conditioning off so I can enjoy the outdoors as well. I check the pavement with my hand to see how hot it is if I take him for a walk. I only run him like that in the early morning or late afternoon. I was close to home and didn’t need to bring water durring the video. I make him hydrate before we leave and bring water with us. His pads are tough! I have slowly conditioned he muscles and feet. I check his feet before and after and in between if I suspect a problem. If he gets sore or injured, then I take care of him and will not run him till he is better. Even Cesar Millan said to exersize your dog before taking them to the dog park to cut down on behavior problems. There is also a lake there and he loves getting in after a hard run! After a cool down in the lake he is off trotting and running around with the other dogs. He acts like he just got up from a nap. I don’t know about you, but I was in trak (and still love to run), and I looked like that after a race, too! As for wanting a horse, I wanted a dog to play with my cat at first. Now that I have my dog, I don’t think I want a horse as much. We play with the dog. I play search games with him to use his nose. I take him for walks, too. As for attention seeking, I could care less what people think! The reporter stoped me and asked me to do the story. The dogs love it so much, I’d like more people doing this. I did this to get the word out. I acctally, like the country where there are less prying eyes to make jugements. My dog carted when he was our inside condo dog, and now that he is our outside dog. What a conection to have with your dog when you learn to do something together. Wheather it is finding someone in the woods or traviling by your dogs great power!! The point is the teamwork! I care for him, train him, and in return he lets me feel how it feels to run and be free like a dog. You have no idea, and you have made ignorant judgements.

  26. Bob says on  07/25/2011 at 3:10 pm

    I also live in Florida and run my dog with a recumbent delta trike. I pedal along with the dog, so he’s mainly just running and not really pulling. During the summer he only gets to run 1 to
    1 1/2 miles with a lot of long pea stops…and that’s before the sun is up or just at sun rise. He is also soaking wet and drinking water every few blocks!!! During the winter when I have to wear a heavy coat he gets to go a lot further, but still before/at sunrise or after/around sunset.

    Talk about a heavy coat…try wearing that next time as your running your dog with you just sitting there. Better yet, dress up for winter and take your dog out for a run and see how far you get.

    Sled dogs in Alaska in the snow is a lot different than hot Florida!!! It was in the news about a heat stroke dog that almost died a few months ago in Ft Myers Beach, Florida. (When the dog dropped over the owner on the bike just left him.)

    Check with your vet as I did before I started running my dog.

  27. Anonymous says on  12/27/2011 at 10:16 am

    My dog was bread in Florida and does excelent in the heat! I do not have him pull me in the heat though. His fur coat is very short and his belly is almost hairless. His chest and throught turn in to a large wind tunnel when he is really running. His oversize paws are perfect for the sand as well. I have even ridden him many times to the vets office for his check ups. The vet is always pleased with his good health, and amused by the cart. He is also much more relaxed when we get there. The other great thing about FL is that there are plunty of water holes for a hot dog. We usually take our breaks by a lake or river. He has fun whial I watch for gators. After a cool dip, he run so much faster!

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