Draft

History of Draft

Bernese Mountain Dogs were working dogs for generations in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. Traditionally, Bernese hauled dairy products, such as milk and cream, from the farms to the dairy, often accompanied by children and occasionally alone. As a working dog, the Bernese contributed significantly to the family’s prosperity.

The first draft test was held in the fall of 1991 and draft is one of the requirements for the BMDCA Versatility Award.

BMDCA Draft Tests

The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Draft Tests are a series of exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the natural abilities of purebred Bernese Mountain Dogs in a working capacity involving hauling. Bernese have historically functioned as draft dogs in various capacities, and performance of these exercises is intended to demonstrate skills resulting from both inherent ability and training

 

that are applicable to realistic work situations. Efficiency in accomplishing the tasks is essential. It is also desirable that the dogs evidence willingness and enjoyment of their work in a combination of controlled teamwork with their handlers and their own natural independence. 

Draft test regulations and draft titles can be found at http://www.bmdca.org/Draft/index.php

Final Thoughts 

Although your Berner may not enter a Draft Test until he is two years old, even a little puppy may be introduced to a harness and dragging traces. Heavy loads, such as required for Open Draft, should not be introduced until a dog is fully mature, at least two years old. Load weight should always be increased very gradually over weeks of time. Your draft dog is an athlete and should be carefully conditioned. So, with safety always first, and your Berner and your patience in hand, enjoy exploring the draft heritage of your Bernese Mountain Dog.

BMDCGS Draft Mentors

 

This is a group of people who will help you navigate the world of draft.  If you want to get involved in working your Bernese Mountain Dog or have questions about the sport don’t hesitate to reach out to one of these individuals.

 

Mona Hommel- monahommel@comcast.net

Karen Petersen - rocketkaren@earthlink.net

Maggie Dalzell - maggiedalzell@hotmail.com

Kathe Vasquez - fun4kv@msn.com

Marjorie Walter - walter@kiplinglawgroup.com

Nancy Van Horne - nancy.vanhorne@gmail.com

Additional Resources

We have several articles that can help you get started along with a list of helpful websites!

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America Draft Info (tests may be open to other breeds)
http://www.bmdca.org/Draft/

http://www.bmdca.org/breed_education/pdf/09_bernese_activities_draft.pdf

American Bouvier des Flandres Club (tests may be open to other breeds)

http://www.bouvier.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=56

Briard Club of America (tests may be open to other breeds)

http://briardclubofamerica.org/bca/images/docs/draftrulesandregulations2015.pdf

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club of America (tests may be open to other breeds)

http://www.gsmdca.org/activities/drafting/

Great Pyrenees Club of America (tests may be open to other breeds)

http://gpcaonline.org/draft.htm

Leonberger Club of America (tests open to other breeds)

http://leonbergerclubofamerica.us/lca-drafting

Mastiff Club of America (tests open to Mastiffs only)

http://www.mcoamastiff.com/DRAFTTESTPAGE.htm

Newfoundland Club of America Draft Info (some tests may be open to other breeds)

http://www.ncanewfs.org/working/draft/

American Rottweiler Club Carting Info (tests may be open to other breeds)

https://www.amrottclub.org/work-and-play/carting/

St. Bernard Club of America (tests may be open to other breeds)

https://saintbernardclub.org/the-saint-bernard-club-of-america/documents/performance-articles/draft-test-regulations/

Canadian Kennel Club (national draft program)

http://www.ckc.ca/en/Events/Overview-of-Events/Draft-Dog-Tests

AKC Recognized Draft Titles (from parent breed clubs)

http://images.akc.org/pdf/events/AKC_Recognized_Performance_Event_Parent_Club_Titles.pdf?_ga=1.249178689.776970427.1379278811

 

General Draft Info

http://www.bmdinfo.org/tl/Draft_Dogs.php

http://www.bmdinfo.org/bernerpedia/Carting-Drafting_Bernese_Mountain_Dogs-Resources_Links.php

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of Northern California:  http://www.bmdcnc.org/draft.html

Bernese Mountain Dog Club of SE Wisconsin: https://www.bmdcsew.org/draft-videos

http://bernerpaw.com (Pick Drafting link)

Book: Just a Walk in the Park by Barry Solomon (available on Amazon)

Book: Carting with Your Dog by Laura Waldbaum (available on Amazon)

 

Carts

http://www.draftcartsfordogs.com/Home_Page.php

http://www.wilczekwoodworks.com/

http://www.customdogcarts.com/content.html?page=4

http://www.dogworks.com/

http://www.helmboldswoodworks.com

 

Harnesses

http://embellishedlamb.com/harness.htm

http://www.wilczekwoodworks.com/

https://nordkyn.com/product-category/harnesses/

http://www.fidogear.com/store/dog-harnesses-c-7.html

http://ikonoutfitters.com

http://reshaequip.com/shop/harnesses

 

Northern California draft page

http://www.bmdcnc.org/draft.html

 

Draft DVD from SE Wisconsin

https://www.bmdcsew.org/draft-videos