Weight Pull Training
If you are thinking about
weight pulling here are some great answers to common
Q- What will I need to train my dog to weigh pull?
A- The most important things you will need is a
healthy dog, time and patients! Once you have those the
rest is simple!
You will need a weight pull harness designed for the
size of your dog and items of different weight.
Q- At what age can I start training?
A- Around the age of 6 months you dog will be able
to start pulling light weight. Puppies that are still
growing and maturing can be damaged if introduced to
weight to early, the pulling can alter the way their
bones and joints mature in a harmful way.
By the age of 18 Months he or she will have fully
developed mussels and tissue to pull heavier weights.
Q- Should I get my dog a weight pulling harness to
get him used to it ahead of time?
A- No, a regular harness leash will work great to get
the dog used to the feel of it. Just do not have your
dog pulling anything with a regular harness. Only use it
to get your dog used to the feeling of a harness. DO NOT
ALLOW YOUR DOG TO PULL WEIGHT IN A REGULAR HARNESS.
Q- Once my dog is ready for training how do I
introduce the harness?
A- Put the harness on the dog and play with him or
her! This will make them feel as if, it has something to
do with playing or fun. Walk with the dog while he or
she is wearing the harness. Make sure you also praise
him or her to let them know it is a good thing!
Q- How do I teach the pull command?
A- With the harness on, take the dog for a walk with
a learn attached. Then call him back to you and
introduce a word you want to use as the command to pull.
So "Pull" or "Work". Just make sure you pick a work to
use that you will stick with. If you try to change
commands, it will only confuse the dog.
Q- Should I use a "bait"?
A- This is a tricky question. It has been noted over
the years as being done, however, if you chose to, make
sure you do not use any thing that resembles a human or
an animal should never be used as bait! Using any such
item will actually get your dog disqualified during an
event! We find that teaching dogs to pull on command is
much easier and does not cause any confusion to the dog.
Q- Are we ready for weight yet?
A- Once you dog feels comfortable with the harness on
and is responding to your command, its time to introduce
some weight. A 1-10 pound barbell weight tied to a
cable or a tire is a good first light resistance that
doesn't make to much noise. The chances are good if
your dog has had fun, he or she will run to you like
there is nothing on it. It is very important that you
go very easy the next month. After each pulling event,
make sure you reward the dog with a treat or love, or
how ever you normally praise the dog. You will want to
practice with this weight for a month or so, to get the
dog used to the feel of pulling. After about a month of
this weight, increase the e weight. Make sure you only
increase the weight slowly. After each weigh increase
work with your dog for a few weeks with that weight,
before you introduce heavier weights.