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Dog Weight Pull This Weekend


EP News/Kris Hazelton25th Annual Estes Park Cup

February 20th – 21st  at the large parking lot south of the Estes Park Visitor’s Center. The event is free.

Saturday: Snow

Weigh In: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Pull Start: 11:30 a.m.

Sunday: Snow

Weigh In: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pull Start: 11:30 a.m.

The event is put on by the International Weight Pull Association. The International Weight Pull association is a non-profit association that promotes the sport of dog pulling through well organized, sanctioned events. The purpose of IWPA is to promote the working heritage of all dogs. The IWPA also promotes a program to keep your dog in good physical condition with a constructive outlet for canine competition.

Weight pull is a dog sport involving a dog pulling a cart or sled loaded with weight a short distance across dirt, grass, carpet, or snow. Many breeds participate in this sport, with dogs being separated into classes by weight. Sleddogs, draft breeds and bully breeds excel within their respective weight classes, having been historically bred to pull sleds, carts and plows, respectively. Although all dog breeds can do well and enjoy themselves in the sport.

The dog is hitched to the sled or cart with a specially constructed harness designed to spread the weight and minimize the chance of injury. Dog Pulling is akin to a tractor pull. Snow surfaces are tough but even still some dogs can pull over 1000 lbs which can be as much as 10-18 times their own body weight. Dogs pull only for their love of their masters, and if the weight gets too heavy for the dog, it simply will not pull, they are not leashed during the pull. You cannot coerce your dog to pull. It is up to his willingness and just between you and him.

Dog weight pulling competitions are sanctioned by various non-profit organizations, and by specific breed clubs.

Safety of the dog is of paramount concern. Since IWPA’s organization in 1984, no dogs have been hurt in competition.

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