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How to train your dog to weight pull - 101Updated 14 days ago

Introduction to the sport of weight pull

Are you interested in getting started with weight pull training for your dog? Bully Max is here to guide you through the basics. Follow this step-by-step guide to ensure a successful and enjoyable weight pull experience for both you and your dog.

Essential Equipment

To begin weight pull training, you'll need the following equipment:

  1. Weight Pull Harness:
    • Recommendation: We recommend the Sporn weight pull harness. It's suitable for all dogs and is reasonably priced. You can find it online on various platforms.
  2. Weight Pull Sled or Cart:
    • Recommendation: Sam uses the Iron Dog Weight Pull sled. It's durable and affordable. Available on Amazon, it’s a great option for beginners.

Training Steps

  1. Getting Used to the Harness:

    • Step 1: Put the harness on your dog and let him walk around with it for a few minutes to get comfortable.
    • Step 2: Once your dog is comfortable with the harness, attach it to the sled.
  2. Starting with Light Weight:

    • Step 1: Begin with a very light weight to get your dog used to the sensation of pulling.
    • Step 2: Have your dog pull the light weight for a short distance (10-15 feet) and then give him a break.
    • Step 3: Repeat this process a few times, gradually increasing the weight each session.
  3. Increasing Distance:

    • Step 1: Once your dog is comfortable with light weight, start increasing the distance to 20-30 feet.
    • Step 2: Give your dog breaks between pulls and repeat the process, gradually increasing the distance each session.
  4. Progressing to Heavier Weights and Longer Distances:

    • Step 1: As your dog gains strength, increase both the weight and distance gradually.
    • Step 2: Ensure you’re not pushing your dog too hard. Monitor his comfort and enthusiasm.

Tips for Successful Weight Pull Training

  • Start with Light Weight and Short Distance: Always begin with a manageable weight and short distance to avoid overwhelming your dog.
  • Gradually Increase Weight and Distance: As your dog becomes stronger, slowly increase the weight and distance to build endurance.
  • Ensure Comfort with the Harness: Make sure your dog is at ease with the harness before attaching it to the sled.
  • Provide Plenty of Breaks: Give your dog frequent breaks to prevent fatigue and ensure he stays motivated.
  • Keep Training Enjoyable: Weight pull training should be fun for both you and your dog. Make sure your dog is enjoying the activity.


With a little patience and consistent practice, you can train your dog to be a champion weight puller. Remember, the key is to progress gradually and keep the experience enjoyable for your dog. For more tips and to explore our line of muscle-building supplements, visit Bully Max

If you have any more questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're always here to help!

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