Sunday we had our first pull of the IWPA season! It was an amazing day. We spent twelve hours pulling dogs and hanging out in the beautiful weather. There was an amazing battle in the 80# class between two American Bulldogs. There were also a lot of visitors in the novice class. It was HUGE. Many were people that did weight pull years ago and were just checking it out and trying their dogs on the cart (or harness) for the first time. We even had a few people that never saw a weight pull before stop by to watch. As always, we have a great group of people that were super supportive of each other.
Last week I had worked with Otis at a green dog event in the area. We worked on not pulling off to the left (they are ideally suppose to pull straight). Well, the good news is that today he worked ALL of the chute! He pulled straight but when the cart was angled would also work the left and right! The result was that he ended up pulling a new personal best of 2,070# (30.9x his body weight). He would have pulled 2, 205 but the cart stopped 6 inches short and he couldn't get it restarted (there was a nice hole in the ground that a lot of dogs were getting stuck in).
Abby also came and got to pull in novice. She was a bit stressed about the environment but pulled well for me. She was a little nervous her first few pulls about the thing following her but did well and settled down. Then I let her pull in regular just for experience and she pulled three times for me. The last time she got nervous so I had to go in to help her but as soon as I was there she was much better. After every pull she shakes off the stress and prances around with her tail up all happy with herself. I know there's a pull dog somewhere in there.
I'll post photos and video later.