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APA weight pull

Discussion in 'Sports & Activities' started by Box Bulldog, Feb 14, 2019.

  1. Box Bulldog

    Box Bulldog Premium Member Premium Member

    There is a APA pulling competition in my city this weekend coming up. I will be running my blue hippo in it. The weather has been in the -13F and colder range here for the last 3 weeks+ so I have done zero conditioning and not sure if I will even make weight for the 60-70lb class but we will see how he does, he is a extremely small dog for the 70-80lb class (16'' at the withers) but I will run what I brung. There should be a lot of dogs off game lines there so I will try to take some good photos of them working and post them on here for those interested. There will also be some fine american bulldogs there I will take some photos of for those who like big catch dogs. Should be a good 2 day show looking forward to it just wish the weather would of been more mild so I could of had the dog in proper condition for it like I have in the past. Wish me luck I am gonna need it this time.
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  2. slim12

    slim12 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Best of luck. And post the pictures.

    I'm always a fan of a dog that does what he was bred to do or what he was trained to do.

    Good luck.

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  3. Box Bulldog

    Box Bulldog Premium Member Premium Member

    IMG_0428.JPG The dog above was all show no go. IMG_0425.JPG The am staff above is a decent puller.
    IMG_0424.JPG IMG_0422.JPG The american bulldog above pulled most overall weight.
    The Stafford above pulled well.
    This 26lb stafford bitch pulled most pound for pound in show.
  4. Box Bulldog

    Box Bulldog Premium Member Premium Member

    I came in 1st in my weight class. My dog ran hot in his last pull did not have enough time between pulls. Came up 6'' short of 16' if he would of crossed I would of had #1 pound for pound dog in show. Not bad for no conditioning and came in heavy. I was the pound for pound leader on Saturday. I came in 3rd pound for pound I was beat by the 26lb staffy bitch and the american bulldog I posted.
  5. slim12

    slim12 Super Moderator Staff Member

    That is killer.

    Nothing like a dog doing work.

    Big fan.

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  6. Box Bulldog

    Box Bulldog Premium Member Premium Member

    I have another competition in April should be a better showing. Weather is so shitty here right now I doubt many were willing to travel. I will trying and get more photos next time.
  7. Box Bulldog

    Box Bulldog Premium Member Premium Member

    I agree I respect any dog that can do work with effort put into the work. One thing I have learned from weight pull is a strong dog is useless if it does not have the drive to do it. I have seen dogs that looked the part (Cane Corso for ex.) that would pull a foot or two with little weight and stop and not even try again these were heavily muscled dogs in peak condition. I saw a old beagle once believe it or not that looked like it just got off a old Grandmothers couch and that little dog pulled like crazy. I have also seen French bulldogs that were great pullers but didn't look like it. There is a women that is usually at the competitions that has two Chinamen dogs, though these two are not the strongest pullers they give it there all from the time there released to the time there counted out. The 26lb Stafford I posted was a sight to see she pulled and screamed like mad! She was on a mission! When it comes to big dogs from what I have seen in person is American Bulldogs and Alapaha blue blood bulldogs are hard to beat. I just think they have the ideal build for it and the drive to do it.
  8. slim12

    slim12 Super Moderator Staff Member


    I have often said if I should have ditched these bulldogs and went with American Bulldogs long ago. LOL

    I did some bite work many years ago and the American Bulldog was the most complete working dog I had seen. (Not an expert, just limited personal experience).

    I met a trainer/handler once who did the bite work and trained detection dogs. He trained dogs for the Miami Dade International and then later in Atlanta.

    He had Snooty/Pool Hall Red dogs that did incredible bite work. An AB as well and then a Malinois too.

    He turned me onto some weight pull guy and I went to my first pull. I was absolutely blown away at the pure power, but then maybe more so the drive and desire to pull weight.

    With bulldogs, they look across and see another dog. In man work there is another live being to engage with. In detection work ther eis interaction with people/different scenarios.

    Not to over simplify, or make light of, but the weight pull dogs just pull weight, for no real apparent reason. I see a lot of them use bait/toys but for me, (and I know nothing) the ones that pull tremendous weight on the owner's word/voice is just out of this world.

    Big fan.

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  9. Box Bulldog

    Box Bulldog Premium Member Premium Member

    In the competitions there's no baiting allowed. But in practice lots of people do. And for those that do and depend on it it shows in competition. When your first starting a dog baiting is fine to get the dog to work but the handler should use as little as possible and try and get away from it all together.
  10. slim12

    slim12 Super Moderator Staff Member

    I went to an event once and the pit bulls were allowed to be baited. The explanation was that the pit dogs were coming off chains and they allowed the baiting for that reason.

    It made sense to me.

    One of the pulls I saw was on rails. The weight is insane.

    Then I saw a guy hook a AB to a Dodge Durango. Shifted to neutral and foot off the brake and the dog pulled the truck 12 feet or so.

    Like I said, I am all about a dog who will work. Seeing the thousands of thousands of pounds being moved from point A to point B is plain wicked.

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  11. Box Bulldog

    Box Bulldog Premium Member Premium Member

    I have a APA weight pull event this weekend. Dog is in good shape for it this time should do very well. I will try and get some photos its a two day event.
  12. Keep the good work box bulldog with your fella, and good luck with the competition.
    Would love if this was over here.
    There was a club started up years ago, was going good till in house politics and bitching started and finished it.
    Is it just wp you do with the dog, or do you compete in any athletes comps as well.
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  13. Box Bulldog

    Box Bulldog Premium Member Premium Member

    Thanks, I just do weight pull with my dog, my brother does earth dog with lakleland terriers, Myself I use to box but I am past prime so I stop by the boxing gym when my friend (head coach) needs help with pads and stuff, I sparred some hard rounds last weekend with a guy having his pro debut sept. 13 and he got the better of me but I walked in off the couch and he has been in a good training keep for the last 6 weeks. I do weight pull more as a hobby than anything. But my dog has come in first place every pull. He was ranked #2 APA dog for a bit but I missed a pull because I traveled 3 hours, stayed in a hotel went to leave in the morning to weigh in my dog and some thief stole my truck from the hotel. That was in May police never did find it. Work has slowed down a lot and the company I worked for recently went out of business so I haven't had money to spare to travel to pulls so this year turned into a right off. Hoping for a good pulling season next year. A lot of weight pull people around these parts will be all buddy buddy in person but once you walk away they talk down you and your dog. Very competitive people that take it way to serious if you ask me. Anyhow thanks a lot for the interest.
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  14. Hope things pick up soon for you.
    Best thing about working dogs, they keep you busy, especially when things go wrong in life.
    Looking forward to seeing how you get on with up and coming comps, keep at it.
    As for people back biting and been two faced, it's in all aspects of life, regardless of what sport you do, especially the dog game.
    A lot of it is jealousy, just keep winning as much as you can, it will sicken them more lol.
    Atb Mike
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