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Post by Bullseye! on Mon Mar 13 2017, 20:24

Weight Pull Competition day in Norfolk 19th of March

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Post by gillybrent on Tue Mar 14 2017, 15:59

is there a way of ensuring that only fit dogs take part? i'd hate to think that a 'new recruit' would strain a muscle or worse if they haven't been trained properly?

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Post by Bullseye! on Tue Mar 14 2017, 16:46

Well as we don't allow any form of coaxing, it is highly unlikely to happen, are you interested in coming?
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Post by gillybrent on Wed Mar 15 2017, 10:08

no, not really my sort of thing!

surely there must be coaxing of some sort, even if it's to encourage your dog to come to you? i'm not bashing, just interested.

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Post by Bullseye! on Wed Mar 15 2017, 10:21

No.. There is no baiting of any kind, the dog does it out of free will, that's why, if done correctly, it can take ages to train a dog for it...
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Post by gillybrent on Wed Mar 15 2017, 11:17

how do you get a dog to pull something towards you, then?

i've never seen a weight pulling contest for beginners, only the big weight ones where the dog is being called/enticed to pull forward.

fascinating!

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Post by Bullseye! on Wed Mar 15 2017, 11:38

You ready? It's going to be a long one!

First and most important of all a pup should never be pulling until they're at least 12 months, now that has been made clear we'll move on!

Ok you have a dog that has never pulled before, you will need a properly made weight pulling harness, a crappy walking harness made is China will not be good enough & pulling on collars is a definite no no too!

You will need to take the dog out for regular walks in their weight pull harness this will need to be done for several weeks, once you think they have got used to the harness you can start hooking things onto the harness, I would suggest a milk carton with a few stones inside it, this is to get them used to the noise, as there will be lots of noises coming from the various carts & rail systems, once the dog is confident pulling this, you can introduce some actual weight, so long as your dog is 12 months or over you can add 5lbs which is a good starting weight, once the dog is ok with pulling this you can add another 5lbs, lots of encouragement, in the form of praise not in the form of toys or lures, you can give a reward after the pull but not during, if you want to use a command word (some do some don't) make sure you only choose one as not to confuse the dog, if done like this & the dog thinks "oh I can't quite do this" then they won't..

Any questions.. fire away Smile
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Post by gillybrent on Wed Mar 15 2017, 11:48

it does sound like fun, i must admit!

at what stage do they start to pull heavy weights, bearing mind the delicacy of a dog's bones/ligaments/muscles while it's still growing?

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Post by Bullseye! on Wed Mar 15 2017, 12:06

Well only a fool wouldn't bear that in mind XD

I always advise people to wait until the dog is a atleast 12 months of age before considering adding any heavier weights, the other factor is the dog may not want to at this point anyway, a dog may be capable of pulling 2,000lbs but won't even want to pull 500lbs, it's mostly to do with mental state.... rather than psychical strength...
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Post by gillybrent on Wed Mar 15 2017, 13:01

Wouldn't 12 months be too young, though? It's a lot of strain on growing dogs.

I mean, It's even advised not to do agility with a dog till they're at least 18 months.

Do you compete much?

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Post by Bullseye! on Wed Mar 15 2017, 13:34

Absolutely, however if done in the correct mannner, that is to say if you take your time in training, by the time the dog is mentally ready for pulling heavier weights, it is likely they will be 2 or 3 years of age anyway, another important factor of weight pulling is to build a good bond with the dog you are working with, it is very clear it is not the kind of thing you can just throw your dog into, it does take time, there is ofcourse a wrong & indeed dangerous way to do it & that is to torment the dog with a toy, this method is not only cruel but also very dangerous to both the dog & handler, it is much better to have short but regular sessions of training without any form of baiting.

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