Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: ontario, canada
I did a little competing with IWPA (International Weight Pull Association) years ago and we loved it! I would think somewhere between 18-24 months old before you start adding real weight (maybe someone more experienced can chime in on the age).
Do what Bill said to start. Get the dog used to the harness, and then used to pulling something light weight. Once the dog is older you just slowly add more weight. Make sure the dog is always successful, never push it too far. You want the dog to always think he can pull what is behind him. And teach him to pull steady, no yo-yoing into the harness.
I still train my dogs for it but haven't competed in many years as there are no pulls near me. I really liked it though, every one was really friendly and supportive.
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