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It has come to my
attention that dog pulling was discussed on Austin's 101.5 KROX Jason and Deb
show on Dec. 19, 2008. There was some misinformation discussed.
Though I did not listen to the segment, I wrote Deb an email. Dog sports
require proper training. Please do not hook up your dog to objects without
I was informed on the radio that there was discussion about weight pulling and
having dogs pull people around on skateboards. I would highly discourage
allowing dogs to pull you on a skateboard unless the dog was properly trained
and the correct equipment was used. While, I don't have to discuss why
obedience is critical for any activity, using a regular collar (any type) can
seriously injure your dog. You can pull your dog's neck muscle or cause a
misaligned vertebrate. A freight/weight siwash style harness is constructed so
that there is NO weight on the dog's back. The weight and pull power all come
from the dog's lower neck and chest. This is why when dogs pull, then naturally
hunch down low. This is also why if your dog's collar rests on the base of the
neck of your dog, you have little control of your dog. If you keep the collar
high right below the chin, you'll have total control. This is how handlers on
televised dog shows are able to easily handle 250 lb mastiffs on tiny collars
Also, weight pull is a sport that grew out of historical functions of pulling
breeds. Modern day competitions test the amount of weight the dog can pull over
16 feet. The advantages of the sport is that it is an activity that any dog can
participate in and earn a title. Dogs should have basic obedience before
beginning this sport, and many dogs do have to be trained to do this. This
sport encourages handler and dog bonding and teamwork. This is one of the few
sports besides agility that allows mixed breed dogs to participate.
Drafting/Carting is another pulling activitiy that is based on handler control
and ability to manuerver a cart. The emphasis of drafting is not about the
amount of weight a dog can pull. Drafting requires intensive training and a
strong foundation in obedience prior to draft training. Drafting is not an
activity that any dog can learn quickly. It takes a minimun of several months
to train a dog to a beginner level. You can learn more about these activities
by visiting my website (www.romanreign.com)
or by visiting IWPA.net.
As a trainer, handler, and judge, I have many mantras. Fit dogs are healthy
dogs. Tired dogs are well-behaved dogs. Most behavioral problems I see in dogs
can be prevented with exercise. Many health problems can be prevented with
exercise. Dog sports can provide many advantages such as physical activity,
obedience training, handling skills, and mental stimulation. They bring people
and their dogs together.
Thanks for your time.
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Lucky (Kretchmar) the tree climbing weight pulling puppy. So I
tried to have Mouse go up the tree. For Mouse, not so much.
Justin Kretchmar and Lucky after a pull.
Basil and 2800 lbs
Eiger (Capelli) putting his heart into it
To pull or not to pull?
Mouse getting riled up!
Look at those ears go!
Basil giving it a go.
Taking a nap?
Holly giving it all she's got. And it is quite a bit.
Mouse pulling at the Strong Dog Pull Competition
Hey! Even the little ones can try.