Highly Controversial Issue of Debate!!
Is weigh pulling a healthy way to keep a dog fit, or is it a hazardous activity that leans heavily towards animal abuse? Whichever way you look at it, this dog sport has certainly had people talking.
The dogs that are to compete are secured to a wheeled cart by a special harness, then using their body strength they pull increasingly heavy loads, most often consisting of bricks or cement. Each round that is timed, the dogs must drag their weights 16 feet down a track. The dog who manages to do so in the fastest time wins. No physical contact is to take place between the dog’s owner or handler during the rounds; they are only to stand in front of the animal and coach it from there. Some owners say the sport promotes a healthy owner-dog bond and is excellent for exercise.