Weight pull rules

All NKCWPA pulls must be made public knowledge/ advertised
60 days prior to the pull.
There must be a minimum of 5 total entries for a NKCWPA pull to be
All NKCWPA pulls must be videotaped as a matter or record.

I. SECTION 1 - Physical Area
TRACK: The dimensions of the track are 10 feet wide by 35 feet long minimum
and 15 feet by 45 feet maximum. The track shall be as level and firm as
conditions permit. Acceptable surfaces shall be grass, hard packed dirt,
gravel or carpet. Dogs shall achieve traction on the same surface as that on
which the cart rides.
A safe and adequate holding area shall be provided for wheeled pulls. All
competing dogs shall remain in a marked or designated holding area. The
holding area shall adequately and safely hold the number of dogs in
II. SECTION 2 - Equipment
It must be capable of safely carrying a minimum load of 4000 lbs. The cart
must have four (4) pneumatic tires, which must all have the same air
pressure prior to the event. The tires shall not be less than eight (8)
inches in height and no more than eighteen (18) inches in height. The bridle
shall be made of rope or nylon. Chains or cable will not be allowed. The
cart bridle shall not be tied. The snap should be able to slide freely from
side to side. This bridle will look like a long V.
An adequate supply of pre-weighted, inert material suitable for safe, stable
stacking shall be provided.
The track barrier shall be a minimum of three (3) feet high and long enough
so that dogs are being driven from the rear will complete their pull within
the barrier. The barrier shall be located at the very edge of the pulling
pad, within the track area. The best possible barriers shall be encouraged,
but any one material shall not be mandatory. The following would be
considered appropriate barriers: plywood, snow fence, wood planks, hog
panels and other materials that possess a bouncing-off or glancing ability
when struck by the cart. (If the cart becomes stuck or lodged on a barrier,
it would then be considered a tangle -- see Tangle Rule a crowd barrier is
required to separate the spectators a minimum distance of three (3) feet
from the pulling chute. A rope barrier is considered adequate for this
III. SECTION 3 - Officials
1.The Chief Judge shall supervise the over-all event. He/She shall make all
final decisions in any protest or dispute, before, during, and after the
event. The Chief Judge has the right to disqualify any dog or handler for
any violation of the rules or Unsportsman like conduct, before, during, and
after the event.
2. The Chief judge of the event shall be responsible for the completion of
all forms, video taping of the pull and information required by the NKCWPA
and a statement verifying that all NKCWPA rules were adhered to.
3. The Chief Judge shall be responsible for the safe and proper stacking of
weight on the cart, proper positioning of the cart, hooking up of the dogs
to the cart, and maintenance of the pulling course.
4. A qualified timer shall time each pull and report that time directly to
the official recorder. The recorder shall post the weight pulled and the
time required to the official score sheet. (The Chief Judge shall supervise
the timer and recorder). Timer and recorder may be the same person if judge
gives permission.

IV. SECTION 4 - Contestants
1. All N.K.C REGISTERED breeds are eligible.
2. All dogs must be at least one (1) year of age and not more than 12 years
of age to compete in any NKCWPA event. The physical condition of the dog
should always be taken into consideration and the Chief Judge may disqualify
any dog they feel will be in danger of injury.
3. No bitch in season shall be allowed to compete or allowed to be on the
4. No pregnant bitch shall be allowed to compete in a NKCWPA event.
5. For the safety and protection of the dog, all dogs shall be fitted
properly with a weight pull type harness.
All entrants shall be responsible for the conduct of their dogs and handler
before, during and after the event. Vicious or unmanageable dogs shall be
barred from competition. Unsportsman like conduct toward animals, officials,
handlers or spectators will be cause for disciplinary action and/or
disqualification. All dogs shall be under physical control, on a short lead,
while in the pull area, except when hooked to the cart. All handlers shall
be responsible for the cleaning up after their own dogs. Abusive or inhumane
treatment of a dog shall be strictly prohibited and shall be cause for
disqualification. Abusive or inhumane behavior to be determined by the
presiding judge.
All dogs weighing 35 pounds or less
All dogs weighing more than 35 pounds up to and including 60 pounds.
All dogs weighing more than 60 pounds up to and including 80 pounds.
All dogs weighing more than 80 pounds up to and including 100 pounds.
All dogs weighing more than 100 pounds up to and including 120 pounds.
All dogs weighing more than 120 pounds.
All weights shall be rounded off to the lowest whole pound.
EXAMPLE: A dog weighing 60 3/4 lbs. would be recorded as 60 lbs.
All dogs shall be weighed prior to each NKCWPA sanctioned weight pull
(multiple or consecutive day pulls by the same organization require only one
weigh-in). All dogs must be weighed at the pull site by a NKCWPA approved
scale and supervised by the presiding judge. All recorded dog weights shall
be rounded to the lowest whole pound. Dogs shall wear only a standard collar
during weigh-in.

V. SECTION 5 - The Contest

The organizing club has the option to run the weight pull event class by
class or in conjunction with another class or to run the event concurrently
(one class at a time).
The dog that wins its weight class shall not be allowed to compete in the
next weight class. However the winning dog shall be allowed to pull as many
times as it wants to establish a top percentage pull. These percentage pulls
shall be at the established load increment or more.
1. Each dog shall be required to pull a loaded cart a measured sixteen (16)
feet within 60 seconds, the dog shall be allowed to complete the pull and
the actual time required to make the pull shall be recorded.
3a. During the pull the handler's feet may be no further forward than the
front of the cart when driving the dog, or their feet shall be behind the
designated line 16 feet from the starting line when calling the dog. The
handler shall not touch the dog, equipment or pulling surface between the
start and finish line until the cart crosses the 16-foot line.
3b. Once the dog is in position in front of the cart, no physical handling
of the dog will be allowed. The judge will direct the handler to physically
reposition the dog if there is a tangle, false start (a false start is when
the dog moves before the handler is across the line. Two false starts will
be reason for disqualification from the pull) (A false start to be
determined by the judge) or equipment failure. Handling consists of anyone
touching the dog, its harness, the sled, or any other part of the equipment
or load. The dog is considered to be in position when the handler moves more
than an arms length away from the dog.
3c. Only one handler is allowed to communicate with the dog, either with
hand signals and or voice commands from the course area.
3d. The handler shall be allowed to position his/her dog anywhere between
the wheels in front of the starting line at the end of the extended tug
line. The dog shall be positioned with enough slack in the tug line to
prevent the dog from inadvertently moving the cart. There shall not be so
much slack as to allow a "sling shot start."
4. The handler may pass one or two turns but must pull on the third turn.
Once the dog is hooked up to the cart the handler may not pass in that round
except as stated in Section 5 #11. (Dogs are no longer required to pull the
starting weight).
5. Starting weights to be pulled shall not exceed:
Class Max. Wt.
35 lb 200 lbs.
60 lb 400 lbs.
80 lb 500 lbs.
100 lb 600 lbs.
120 lb 700 lbs.
UNL 800 lbs.
These weights are maximum starting weights. If poor pulling conditions
exist, the Chief Judge may adjust the starting weights lower to match the
6. The time will start once the handler is in the proper position and
instructs the dog to pull, or the dog starts to pull.
7. The front wheels of the cart shall be positioned at the break line. The
Chief Judge shall then direct the following sequence:
(1) The cart to be positioned at the start line with the wheels
perpendicular to the start line.
(2) The pulling pad to be cleared (unless the handler requests assistance in
hooking up the dog).
(3) The handler to leave the on deck circle; hook up the dog and the pull to
8. Two false starts on any one turn by the dog shall constitute the dog's
removal from the competition. A false start is defined as any time the dog
makes a forward progress with the cart before the handler's feet are either
across the 16-foot finish line if calling the dog or behind the start line
if driving the dog.
9. The handler has the option of having the cart placed anywhere on the
starting line as long as the wheels are perpendicular to the start line. The
handler has the option to reposition the cart one time. No test rolling of
the cart shall be allowed.
10a. In the event of a tangle, at the judges' discretion the judge will stop
the clock and the handler must realign the dog and harness before the pull
is resumed. Two tangles on the same turn will constitute the dog's removal
from the competition.
10b. If the cart becomes stuck on a barrier of the pulling pad it shall be
considered a tangle. The clock would be stopped and the cart would then be
freed of the barrier at the point of which it was stuck. The dog would be
allowed to continue the pull with the remaining time left on the clock. Two
tangles on the barrier on the same turn shall constitute the dog's removal
from the competition.
10c. Tangles are called at the Chief Judge's discretion. The judge shall
call a tangle only if the dog or any of the equipment in use becomes
11. If any part of the harness or other equipment breaks, the handler shall
have 60 seconds to repeat the pull after repairs. He/she may choose to
accept this interrupted pull as a pass.
12. Food, treats or any type of bait, may only be given to the dogs pulling,
after they have pulled and have been removed from the pulling area. Handlers
shall not have food or bait on their person during the competition. Anyone
found having bait of any kind on his or her person will be swiftly removed
from competition and will receive no refund. No whips, pinch collars,
noisemakers or muzzles will be permitted at any time during competition.
13. No dogs, including those not entered in competition shall be allowed in
the area ahead of the starting line, except the dog that is pulling.
Spectators also will not be allowed in the area ahead of the starting line.
14. There shall be a marked "on deck" area behind, but near the starting end
of the pull chute. This marked area shall house only the next dog to pull.
15. Load increments shall be determined by the Chief Judge and a simple
majority of the handlers. The Chief Judge shall recommend the load
increments to the handlers, considering the pulling conditions and the
welfare of the dogs.
16. The dog pulling the most weight in its class is declared the winner.
Each successive dog pulling a lower weight is placed second, third, etc. If
two or more dogs pull the same weight the required distance and can pull no
more weight the full distance, the winner is determined by the fastest time
in the previous pull.
17. If the dog is competing for the best percentage pull, after all other
dogs in the class have been eliminated from the competition; the dog may
continue to pull heavier weights. The weight increments shall be at least
the designated increment but can be more.
I. SECTION 6 - Titles
In order for a weight pull to be recognized and points recorded, it shall be
the responsibility of the hosting organization to properly report the weight
pull results to the N.K.C.
All dogs pulling 12 times their body weight will be titled as Weight Pulling
Dog I =WPT 1
All dogs pulling 18 times their body weight will be titled as Weight Pulling
Dog II =WPT 2
All dogs pulling 23 times their body weight will be titled as Weight Pulling
Dog III =WPT 3
VII. SECTION 7 - Reporting Results
All forms must be completed with appropriate signatures and statistics and
postmarked no later than 10 days following the event. All Events must be
Video Taped and must include video with paperwork.


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