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How to weight pull question

Postby loye » Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:07 pm

Any DIYers out there that can help me with how to build my own weight pull cart or something like that? I would like to start Izzy with weight pull to get some of her energy out and would like to build it myself...maybe save some money? Thanks

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Postby jrsapbt » Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:16 pm

Do you want a drag sled or a cart with wheels? With a drag sled you can train by yourself but with a cart you need an extra person to help.

A cart can be purchased cheaper than you can make it. Tractor Supply has garden carts for under $100.00

For a drag sled you need to be able to cut and weld metal. My DH is working on some right now depending on where in MI you're located.

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Postby Amie » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:38 pm

Oscar and I are starting weight pull (as soon as his harness arrives in the mail) and we're just using the harness and tow chain for now. We'll likely add a tire or something else eventually.

That is to say, a cart isn't necessary to do the training!

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Postby jrsapbt » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:25 pm

Amie wrote:Oscar and I are starting weight pull (as soon as his harness arrives in the mail) and we're just using the harness and tow chain for now. We'll likely add a tire or something else eventually.

That is to say, a cart isn't necessary to do the training!


Very true, that's how we started. A chain, a tire, and harness.

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Postby leopardjunkie » Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:57 pm

While you figure out what kinda of cart you want, if you can't get your hands on a tire you can use things around the house too!! I started out with pop bottles filled with gravel....to add more weight I added more pop bottles so I had a triangle of sorts made out of 2 liters and duct tape...

I got a few tires from the tire place and also a cart from home depot


For weight in the cart I use old kitty litter containers and fill with water and sand....

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Postby Sarah » Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:24 pm

For drag weight, I use old-fashioned lead window weights. I have several of them, each of which weighs about 5 pounds, so I can adjust the weight I put on the dogs as necessary, and I attach them to a chain, which is clipped to the harness. The weights cost me $1 each at a store that sells stuff reclaimed from old houses.

I used a tire at one time, but it was too much weight for my dog, and taught her bad habits.

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Postby Leslie H » Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:20 pm

I do the same as Sarah, a length of chain, and window weights.

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Postby loye » Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:58 pm

Thanks everyone! I think I might try to start with the window weights or a tire, then maybe get a cart. I know there was a site posted on here somewhere that does the custom weight pull harnesses. Would pet shops have just like the general sizes (s, m, l)?

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Postby bahamutt99 » Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:39 pm

Pet shops don't typically carry weight pull harnesses. Go with a harness maker. In my experience, the generic-sized ones are only fractionally cheaper than the custom-made ones, and you'll find yourself wanting to replace them in short order. Save yourself a step and buy a good one from the start.

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Postby Leslie H » Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:22 pm

mopulldogs, a member of PBF, makes excellent harnesses. Some of the top weight pull dogs use harnesses she has made. Her prices are very reasonable.


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