Yup, he did it! Wow, Weight Pulling is pretty darn fun! Jet did awesome. I’m really glad we trained for it a little bit beforehand, though. He understood the concept and was able to pull the big huge cart just fine.
UKC Weight Pull has a lot of rules which make weight pulling safe for the dogs. That made me very happy. And the judges and people helping out were super nice! They advised that Jet pull the big cart. Empty, it weighs 225 pounds. Jet weighed in a 26 pounds so he had to pull 8x that, which was 208 pounds, three days in a row, to get his UWP (United Weight Puller) title.
They had two carts, the smaller cart, I was told, didn’t move as smoothly as the big cart. The bigger cart had smoother axles (or something lol) and so they advised me to have Jet pull the big cart. So, never having done it before, I took their advice. And it worked out really well. Initially getting the cart to move is really the most difficult part. Once it was moving, Jet pulled it just fine and it just slid behind him.
I’m trying to embed the video into this post but it’s not working… so here’s a link to it if you’d like to watch Jet doing the Weight Pull:
Since he was pulling the empty cart so well, they said I should try Jet on some more weight. He successfully pulled 352 pounds. I didn’t have him do anymore (and they told me I shouldn’t) because, of course, we wanted Jet to end with a successful pull.
On Sunday, the third day of the UKC show, I also put Jet in Conformation. UKC has a fun title called Total Dog. If the dog places in Conformation (gets a win in competition, 1st through 4th place, and they have to place over another dog), and they successfully Qualify in the performance sport offered that same day, they get an award called Total Dog. So I thought, what the heck. I put Jet in Conformation since they have day of show entries. Jet already has his UKC Championship, but getting the Total Dog award would be fun! So Jet placed third in the terrier group out of 6 dogs on Sunday, and he Qualified in the Weight Pull, so he got his Total Dog Award on Sunday! What an awesome boy! I can’t tell you how much I totally adore Jet!