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Weight pull question

Discussion in 'Obedience & Sports' started by kayla baxter, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    I have a BDD harness for my Dane, Zephyr. I started working and getting him used to the harness and dragging weight back in January/February but moved in March and didn't have a chance to keep working. I had him out today for the first time since just getting him back into it. He's 140lbs and was dragging 25lbs through the grass and up hills. I'll never be competing with him, his pasterns are weak and I don't know about his hips. I'm just looking to build some muscle on him. What percentage of body weight is appropriate for building lean muscle? 25lbs is only about 18% of his body weight.
  2. Leslie H

    Leslie H Good Dog

    You're really not going to be looking at the amount of weight. It has at least as much to do w/the amount of resistance produced by your terrain. I trained my dogs for competition, so I worked them up to their maximum, which was probably around what they weigh. But I would vary the amount they pulled based on how much resistance the ground and grass gave on that day. Rain, soft ground, dry grass, long grass, all have a big effect. So, if I were you, I'd look for how hard you want him to be working, rather than looking for a set weight.
  3. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    Okay thanks. The easiest place to work is at the ball fields at the ends of the street, so all grass, but one has a nice hill up one side. There's also a walking trail nearby that is about 1/4 mile all uphill on dirt and gravel.
  4. BethBurgess2007

    BethBurgess2007 Little Dog

    25 pounds of dead weight thru harsh terrain (Uphill or uneven surfaces) seems difficult to me. I think that is definitely enough resistance, to add lean muscle on a giant breed.
  5. kayla baxter

    kayla baxter Big Dog

    Perfect, thanks!
  6. ChocoJax

    ChocoJax Little Dog

    in doing this is there any warning of injuries or future problems for the dogs? is it completely safe? is this something the dogs actually like?

    Thank you in advance, i am trying to find a few things to get my dog involved in. I know some things like this i would need wait till he is full grown. I do not want to stunt his growth.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 3, 2012
  7. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    Sorry for the hijack Kayla.

    If your dog tries to do something they haven't been conditioned for, then you could potentially see injuries. This can happen in any sport though. I haven't seen any happen in weight pull. I'm not aware of any studies that show any long-term effects, but I don't know of any studies that have been done.

    Whether or not the dog likes it, depends on the dog. Some do, some don't. If your dog doesn't like it, there are a lot of different activities you can pursue.

    You can get a pup used to a harness and dragging something noisy with wheels behind it at any age. I wouldn't add weight until a dog is 12-18 months old.

    There's more people on this board with much more experience than me. Perhaps they will add there opinions.

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