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.
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.
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!