|Barked: Mon Aug 8, '11 5:50am PST |
|Weight pulling is a legitimate sport that can be used to promote the positive aspects of the breed in a positive light. The dogs are not built to pull long distances, but ARE built to pull heavy weights for short distances.
Generally, it is only bad on the joints if you are trying to use a dog that is conformationally poor, too young, or too old. There is a very good reason why most of the weight pull associations have minimum age limits. While it will be about a year before you can really start having your dog pull weight, you can start teaching her the basics now, like standing still to be dressed/undressed, walking nicely while you are holding the spreader bar, calmly approaching the track/sled to be hooked up and unhooked. Drilling those basics now, make it safer for everyone later.
I've got more than 27 years in showing, pulling, and hog hunting with my APBTs and roughly 5 years worth of experience training and competing treadmill races (something else that most of the dogs love to do).
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