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How to Train Your Dog to Weight Pull

Improves Your Dog's Behavior

Among the main advantages of dog weight pulling is one you probably wouldn't expect: improved behavior.

Based on the American Pulling Dogs Association (APDA), weight pulling helps improve many behavioral issues in dogs.

Their website cites a paper published by Geraldine Dawson, Chief Science Officer at Autism Speaks, which states that “increased aerobic exercise can significantly decrease the frequency of negative, self-stimulating behaviors which are common among people with autism, whilst not decreasing other positive behaviors.”

The problem, in line with the APDA, is that many owners aren't able to give their dogs the exercise they need. And which makes sense when you consider it. A dog who doesn't get enough exercise (which could mean being walked for several hours a day) is liable to have excess energy that manifests itself as bad behavior, such as:

  • Chewing on furniture, shoes, and other hosehold objects
  • Aggression
  • Obsessive compulsive behavior (spinning, tail chasing, fence running, self-mutilation, hallucinating (fly biting), circling, hair/air biting.)
  • Shyness
  • Pacing
  • Excessive barking

The benefit of weight pulling, specifically, is that it allows you to give your puppy the exercise it takes in a way that needs much less time from you—with out a huge investment of money or equipment.