Weight pull is an exciting sport for all breeds, ages & handlers! Dogs pull a cart or sled for 16 feet, competing against other dogs similar in size. Dogs are outfitted with specially made harnesses for safety. Handlers do not have any contact with the dogs during a pull, so it is completely up to the dog to do the work. Weight pull training should always be very motivational & fun for the dogs - and safety must ALWAYS be top priority.
Dogs ranging from Chihuahuas to Mastiffs have excelled in Weight Pull. Competitions are broken down by weight classes, usually 10-20lb ranges, where dogs compete in a single elimination "last man standing" competition. Weight Pull competitors often work with their dogs to create exceptional canine athletes, through optimal conditioning and nutrition programs, forming an incredibly strong bond.
Please join us for an introduction to the exhilarating sport of Weight Pull with former judge and international competitor, Kendell Jones.
Kendell has been training dogs both personally and professionally for more than 15 years in various disciplines and sports – including obedience, rally, agility, flyball, barn hunt, detection/nose work, weight pull, and protection. She is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Trainer, as well as an Iron Dog International Temperament Test Judge and American Temperament Test Society Apprentice Tester. Kendell has been a Weight Pull judge with several organizations, including the International Weight Pull Association, National Working Dog Association, and Iron Dog.
Currently with Mike Ritland's Trikos International, Kendell manages content and provides training direction to the thousands of members worldwide in the Team Dog training community. She also helps coordinate grant writing for the Warrior Dog Foundation, raising funds to support the care and rehabilitation of retired Special Operations K9s. She has a strong interest in canine health and nutrition, and has worked extensively on physical therapy for the injured canine. Kendell is a strong proponent for working safely to avoid injury while training. She has a strong background in learning theory, operant conditioning, and canine nutrition.
Kendell has trained and competed with her personal dogs in a variety of sports, most notably climbing to the top ranked international weight pull dog and winning a national championship with her Belgian Malinois, Gadda. She has raised several puppies and young dogs for police and military applications, as well as prepared dogs for therapy work.
Kendell & Gadda vom LoganHaus CGC, TDI, TT, WD, WDX, WDS, WPT1, WPT2, WPT3, WPCH, WPGRCH, WP Supreme Grand Champion, RN