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Old 08-10-2010, 01:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New to weight pulling-advice?

So my bully has never pulled before. I got him about a year ago at a little over 1 yrs old and I already knew he spent time on the treadmill before I got him. I recently got interested in w/p and decided to get him a pulling harness. I tried hooking a small weight and a 970lb rated 15 ft tie out to attach it and he freaked out. So I got a training harness and let him get used to a harness and with lots of praise, I have been able to get him to pull 50lbs( light I know but it's up a steep hill). He's sketchy at first but once he gets moving and used to it behind him, he does well. I have an old wagon that I'm using with rubber wheels and I wanted to increase weight since he can practically run with the light weight. My question being , is it better to do heavier weights shorter distance( 60ft drag) or lighter weight longer distance? Or is it just preference? Also, if you may call it sets, how many setsare suggested? I planned three times a week and he likes it. He gets nice and low when pulling. Thanks for any input.
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Look under the training section at weight pull, there is alot of info there.

First of all since you are just begining do not worry to much about going up in weight. I would stay with the drag weight right now and not worry about the cart yet. Thats just something else to redirect his focus. What I would do is maybe go up a little on the drag weight although a good rule of thumb is to drag 1/2 to3/4 of your dogs body weight.

That being said, short or long drags? Well it all depends on what you are wanting to work, fast twitch or slow twitch fibers in your dogs muscles. Actually combining the two on alternating days is good. It is just like weight lifting for humans, low weight long reps builds and tones muscle, short and heavy builds bulk. However it has been my experience and personal preferance to do lighter weight, longer drags. Now long drags to me is anything over 1000ft. My 55lb dogs used to pull 55lbs 2000ft but that was something we built up to over time. I like long and light because its my belief that it completely works the muscle and tears it down better, thus building it stronger and better cardio for the dog.

This will help you get started but pay attention to your dog. If he is running at the end of however far you pull or is pulling and not breathing hard, up it 5lbs. You want the dog to be tired at the end of the pull BUT NOT SPENT! Its up to you to find this balance.
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Look under the training section at weight pull, there is alot of info there.

First of all since you are just begining do not worry to much about going up in weight. I would stay with the drag weight right now and not worry about the cart yet. Thats just something else to redirect his focus. What I would do is maybe go up a little on the drag weight although a good rule of thumb is to drag 1/2 to3/4 of your dogs body weight.

That being said, short or long drags? Well it all depends on what you are wanting to work, fast twitch or slow twitch fibers in your dogs muscles. Actually combining the two on alternating days is good. It is just like weight lifting for humans, low weight long reps builds and tones muscle, short and heavy builds bulk. However it has been my experience and personal preferance to do lighter weight, longer drags. Now long drags to me is anything over 1000ft. My 55lb dogs used to pull 55lbs 2000ft but that was something we built up to over time. I like long and light because its my belief that it completely works the muscle and tears it down better, thus building it stronger and better cardio for the dog.

This will help you get started but pay attention to your dog. If he is running at the end of however far you pull or is pulling and not breathing hard, up it 5lbs. You want the dog to be tired at the end of the pull BUT NOT SPENT! Its up to you to find this balance.
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