Ferret Weight Pulling

The first time I saw a Ferret pulling a little wagon with weights in it....well, I had this huge grin on my face. I used to participate in Dog Weight Pulls in several states (USA). My dogs did very well in competition and had titles with The International Weight Pull Association. So you can see how my interest was spiked!

In "Ferret Circles" the event is called "Strongest Ferret Contest", but the basics are the same as Dog Weight Pulling. The Ferret, in a well fitting harness pulls a little wagon with a weight or weights in the bed of the wagon.







STRONGEST FERRET CONTEST - WEIGHT PULLING

Animals pulling weights to see who can pull the most is a VERY safe sport. The reason? Animals do not have an ego. When they can not pull it, if it is too heavy for them, they stop. You can call them, coax them, bang the ground in front of them, but if the load is too heavy, they won't pull it. They might try again, but will not harm themselves to bring that cart to the finish line.


The Cart

The carts I have seen used at Ferret Events are little wooden carts with little wooden wheels. Nice, but not the best idea....

If the cart had pneumatic wheels it would be much easier for the Ferret to pull. No matter what flooring, other then deep mud, the pneumatic wheels were on, they would turn. Not so with little wooden wheels. If the wheels on the little wooden carts were a bit bigger and pneumatic, the cart would move easier.


The Weight

You can use so many things for weight for the animals to pull....but in dog competition the dogs pull bags of dog food. A Dog Food Co would donate the food and the strongest five dogs took home the bags of food as prizes. I am betting there is a Ferret Food Co that would love to sponsor an event like this.


Pulling Harnesses

I have worked with and trained all sorts of animals since I was a kid of about 5 years old. I have passed the half century mark so I have a bit of experience. I used to race sled dogs, had dogs with weight pulling competition titles and have been a harness maker for over 20 years. I have trained dogs, goats, a pony, llamas and a donkey to drive. One thing is for sure, you need the proper equipment.

Proper equipment is well fitting, well padded, safe and checked each time before it is put onto the animal for the job intended.

I have worked with and trained all sorts of animals since I was a kid of about 5 years old. I have passed the half century mark so I have a bit of experience. I used to train, breed and race sled dogs, I have trained and competed with dogs that earned weight pulling competition titles. I have been a harness maker for over 20 years. I have trained dogs, goats, a pony, llamas and a donkey to drive. One thing is for sure, you need the proper equipment.

Proper equipment is well fitting, well padded, safe and checked each time before it is put onto the animal for the job intended.

I wish I had a nickle for each time I have heard "the (fill in species) pulls when I walk it so it can not be hurting it to pull weight without padding." This is not true. When your animal pulls on your leash it is a different angle then when it is pulling weight hooked to it's harness. When pulling on the leash you are holding the angle of the leash and or weight is felt differently on the animals chest. Also, when pulling on the leash being held, the animal is not being coaxed forward as it is when it is pulling a cart with weight.


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-- The Ferret Agility Team
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 10:28:45 -0400

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