Dogs have pulled sleds and carts for humans throughout history. In small towns around the world, owners proudly boasted of how strong their dogs were, how much they could pull and how far. “Yeah? You wanna bet? My dog can pull more than your dog!” That’s probably how the sport of weight pulling started. Now there are several organisations that have established rules and regulations for formal competition.
Although any breed can enjoy this sport, it is one that commonly attracts more “muscular” breeds . The CPE Weight Pull is open to all pets.
The United Kennel Club (UKC) rules of competition reflect the goals of most weight pulling competitions, which is to demonstrate a dog’s stamina and strength. In brief, each dog is given 60 seconds to pull the most weight that he can in a 16-foot “chute.” Dogs are separated into “classes” based on their body weight. Dogs who pull a larger percentage of their body weight earn the most points.
Here you try it for fun, start a goal set to see how far and fast your dog can pull in a safe controlled and surrounded by experts in the sport.
The dog wears a padded harness, which is attached to a “trace,” which connects to a “weighted vehicle” that is loaded with sand bags or other easily weighed objects. Be sure to check it out while at the Niagara Pet Expo.
Bring Your Pets!
Be sure to include the family pets at the NPE. Whether your pet family member crawls, slithers, hops, walks or swims, bring them along to enjoy the festivities. Just remember to bring a signed waiver with you.