Dog shows are more than dogs following orders and jumping through hoops. The dogs that competed in the Middle Georgia Kennel Club show flexed their muscles and wagged their tails.
"I had a small dog that weighed 37 pounds; she pulled 182 times her own body weight which was 6,400 lbs," said dog trainer, Keith Scott.
Scott’s dogs obey, do well in shows and they do their share of pulling weight around the house.
"The dogs love to work; this is a working breed dog. Most dogs like to have something to do and basically we condition them just like you condition yourself. A lot of running, tread milling, just having fun with the dog," said Scott.
Rowdy Yates with the Middle Georgia Kennel Club says trainers put in a lot of time to get their dogs in prime shape and ready for competition.
"People who do the weight pull train their dogs usually three to four times a week. Start them off somewhere over a year of age with very light weights. Working them up to, mostly your bigger dogs are probably going to be two to three to four years old," said Yates.
Some dog owners actually have weight sleds at their house to train their four-legged friends to pull some serious weight.
"We use some sleds we use some carts but that's just basically there to make the dog familiar with the equipment. A lot of times is what we use is a long chain and then we add certain weight increments just like you do when you're working out," said Scott.
Scott's dogs have won numerous awards and competitions. He attributes the success to these factors.
"Just good conditioning, good feeding, and a lot of TLC. I mean these dogs their heart is just untouchable. As long as that dog loves you and you make this happy for the dog and this is fun for him. He will go to no ends for you," said Scott.