Jet got his UWP Title!

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.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Weight Pull
Jet doing the Weight Pull

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.

Jet doing the Weight Pull
Jet doing the Weight Pull

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:

Jet’s Weight Pull Video

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.

Jet doing the Weight Pull
Jet doing the Weight 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!

Jet Total Dog!
Jet Total Dog!

Training for Weight Pull

Jet Weight Pull
Jet Weight Pull
Something I’ve always wanted to try with my dogs is Weight Pull. Why, do you ask? Oh I don’t know… it’s just another fun thing to do. And I think it’s good conditioning for them for other sports… good weight training to build up their strength. I don’t want Jet to get too bulky, I just want him nice and tone.

So there is a UKC Weight Pull competition in November near by my house. And since there’s nothing else going on that weekend (rare, I know lol) I thought we’d give it a try. I also plan on putting Quinn in the UKC Conformation that weekend, if all goes well. Would be nice to get a UKC Championship on him in one weekend if possible.

Danish-Swedish Farmdog Weight Pull
Jet Weight Pull

So a local friend made Jet a Weight Pull harness and I hooked him up to my trolley in the front yard this evening to see how it’d go. She said that I’ll probably have to work starts and stops, and that is the truth. Once Jet got it going, he was okay, but getting it moving was a bit of a push for him. This cart has 3 17 pound blocks on it, and the cart weighs 25 pounds. I don’t know what weight the resistance of the grass adds, but it’s 76 pounds + maybe 20 for the grass? Jet was doing good, but he’ll need to pull 200 pounds (8x his body weight, he weighs about 25 pounds) for a Qualifying leg. And 3 legs for a Q.

Jet Weight Pull
Danish-Swedish Farmdog

So we have about 3 weeks to get him to pull 200 pounds… which, I think, maybe be a stretch! I’ll probably train every day, or every other day, for a while. some long and light loads, some shorter and heavier loads. He needs to pull 8x his body weight for 16 feet, in 60 seconds or less. No toys or treats on the lanes. So, this will be fun! Hopefully we’ll be able to do it!

Jet Weight Pull
Jet Weight Pull