The Mastiff Club of America held the first drafting test on May 15, 1996, at Eureka, Missouri. It has since become an annual test that is enjoyed by both participant and spectators at our National Specialty each year.
The MCOA draft test is a series of exercises designed to demonstrate the abilities of the Mastiff in a working capacity. The performance of the Mastiff was intended to show teamwork between dog and handler resulting from both natural ability and training that are applicable to realistic work situations.
Dogs must be willing to work with their handlers and exercises must be accomplished efficiently. The goal of each handler is to maintain control while encouraging the dogs natural independence. Each handler must also demonstrate a working knowledge of drafting and be familiar with training and equipment.
In order to take the draft test, the dog must be at least 18 months of age. All entered dogs must have an AKC number, ILP number, or foreign registration number. Dogs must have useable vision and hearing to compete. No bitches in season may compete.
The entries are limited to a maximum of 10 entries. In order for a dog to receive a qualifying score, the judge must mark the dog passing in each exercise. A dog receiving a qualifying score may use the initials DD: Draft Dog in any MCOA activity. The Draft Dog Certificate will also satisfy the draft portion of the working dog title.
The MCOA draft test consists of both obedience and drafting. The handler and dog are tested to verify the handler's control over the dog. The handlers are permitted to talk to and encourage their dogs during their exercise which is made up of a heel off lead, recall, stand for harnessing, and a three minute group down. Immediately following the long down each dog is called in catalog order and will individually complete the following exercises: hitching, maneuvering, weight load, and intriguing distraction. After all dogs have completed both sections of the test, all passing teams will be called back into the ring and awards are presented. These events are a pass/fail.
If you are interested in obtaining more information, a catalog can be obtained from:
Dog Work Institute
Phone no: (800) 787-2788
Fax No: (717) 993-3698
or contact me at (757) 851-7750