Does anybody weight train?

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by goatnipples2002, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. Ive searched about spring poles, flirt poles, weight vests, weighted collars, weight sleds, weight training, weight pulling and weight training. No threads pertaining to any of these pops up.

    So nobody weight trains their dogs on here? Afraid of them getting too strong? Not ur cup of tea? I plan to have mine weight train just looking for info thats mastiff specific.
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  2. Hector

    Hector Well-Known Member

    I don't do it because my dog is not fit for that type of training. He has a spinal condition that won't allow him to do it. On top of that, he doesn't have the drive for it.

    I don't know what info would be mastiff specific. Even pitbull people suggests waiting on 18 months before doing anything serious. There are a bunch of weight pulling groups on facebook. I know member QY10 weight pulls with her staffy.

    Flirt poles are more common than spring poles on this forum.
  3. tmricciuto

    tmricciuto New Member

    I'm waiting for my husband to make our flirt pole as I think the girls will love it. I want to get a weight vest once they hit 18 months to work then on their walks and I think it'll really help Sage a ton on her focus.

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  4. DDSK

    DDSK New Member

    Flirt pole is easy to make.
    So easy even a cave woman could make one ;)
  5. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    I have a weight-pulling harness for Denna... my intent is it teach her to pull a cart, so she can help around the yard some. :)
    I also think it can be helpful to build hind-end muscle, which is good for keeping the hips in shape... at least, that's my thought...

    I did a search for "Cart Pull", and here are some of the threads that came up:
    BM weight pulling - Mastiff Forum
    new to weight pulling - Mastiff Forum
    Weight pull and carting harness - Mastiff Forum
    some questions about weight pulling - Mastiff Forum
    Weight Pulling - Mastiff Forum

    We have a flirt pole, but Denna ends up taking corners so fast her hind end slides out from under her... which doesn't seem like a good idea, to me... we still play with it, but I'm careful not to whip her around too much. She likes to grab the skunk toy and just carry it around as I spin (looks like I'm lunging a horse in the back yard...)
  6. maryl

    maryl Member

    When getting my Newfys ready for showing, I used a freight harness and had them pull a tire. I started with short walks and built up to 2 miles at a trot, built good muscle, reach and drive.
  7. JesJame

    JesJame New Member

    Do you know any good brands for that?

  8. marke

    marke Well-Known Member

    I think mastiff specific would be , flirt poles are a harmful and potentially a fatal way to exerciser your dog . weighted vest , the harm far outweighs any benefit , a weighted collar is a waste of money and accomplishes nothing healthy , like folks using logging chains to tether their dogs as a form of conditioning , ridiculous ……… springpoles are safe and some dogs like them , I think the results are variable , but I believe a good form of exercise ……… weight pull done properly can achieve some results , a treadmill , trotting , catmill or hand walking are by far the best exercises for a dog …….. drag pulling can get results with less time expended than just walking , as long as you don’t overdo it , an injury to a young mastiff pup is always more of a serious threat than an injury to a pit pup who is going to be 40lbs full grown …. Folks I’ve known that seriously weightpulled their dogs would use the fact a dog broke down from training as a reason to cull it , so breaking down wasn’t something they worried about , they looked for it …….. ron overgaards mastiff moses , I believe pulled 6,900 lbs on wheels , a st. Bernard called Susitna pulled over 5000lbs on snow , and I think some of eddie eddingtons dogs , pit x ddb , have pulled over 10,000lbs on rails , so from what i've seen mastiffs can excel at pulling ………. as far as conditioned , I’ve seen some great weight pulling dogs that would drop dead left outside on a 90 degree day , like a world class weightlifter having a heart attack , I guess condition is a matter of perspective ……. I’ve drag pulled dogs using chains , dogs that were incapable of running due to poor breathing or movement ……….. weightpull harnesses should be fitted specifically for your dogs …… been a long time , but some folks I remember made decent harnesses would be todd tripp “pulldoggies” , he may still make them , if not I’m sure he’d know where to send you …….. cd pits was another ...... as was mentioned go to a weightpull messageboard or facebook ……. Is the iwpa or apa still around ?
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  9. belawyer

    belawyer Member

    This is a topic I'm interested in as well. I plan to have my little girl hang with me while I"m working out in the garage or local parks. I'll work in a weighted pull or push myself just for my own conditioning. I think it would be fun to get my dog some light work in. I am currently looking for resources as well on the pulling sport and what the safe way is to do it with my dog and what age to start and all that.

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