Alaska K-9 Weight-Pull Association

Dog Weight Pulling Rules and Regulations

Revised 11/29/2005




  1. Each dog must be under the control of its owner/handler and on a leash.  Barking and aggressive behavior should be minimized.  Fighting is not permitted and unmanageable dogs will be disqualified.
  2. Non Participating dogs are not allowed in the contest area.
  3. All dogs must have current standard canine vaccines.  Proof of vaccines may be required.  Nothing possibly contaminated by infectious canine disease shall be brought to the event.
  4. Dogs showing signs of illness shall not be allowed
  5. Dogs shall be at least one year of age.
  6. Females in season (oestrus or heat) are acceptable; however the handler is expected to use extra care to avoid problems with other dogs.
  7. Abusive, cruel or inhumane be treatment of a dog will not be accepted.
  8. The weight pull chairman or his committee may reject any entry.
  9. The decision of the officials will be final in all cases.  If there are any complaints about decisions, they must be made in writing and the sponsoring club will respond in writing.
  10. If an official is also a handler or a family member of the handler in an event dispute, the official must give way to an alternated official to decide the dispute.
  11. The handler shall clean up any mess the dog makes.





  1. Registration will be in the time, place and manner specified by the officials.  Normally this will be 1 to 2 hours prior to the contest time.
  2. 2. After the information forms and registration forms are submitted, the dog may be weighted.  At this time the handler will receive any additional information and handouts.
  3. Entry fees will be required prior to weight-in.  These fees are not refundable except immediately after weight-in or with the extraordinary approval of the weight pull chairman.
  4. Dog weight for the contest shall be according to the official readings on the equipment provided.
    1. Weight shall be recorded to the nearest half (1/2) pound.
    2. Only one weighting will be made, except with the extraordinary decision of the weight officials.  Preliminary interest or test weighting of dogs will not be permitted.
    3. During the weight reading, the dog must not be subject to vertical or horizontal pull or pressure.  During the weight reading, if the dog does not remain quiet for the reading within a reasonable time, the weight official will make a conservative judgment of the weight reading.
    4. The dog’s weight will determine its class.  No dog may enter a class other than the class determined by its weight.
    5. An alternate official should weight any dog handled or owned by any official.      


    Division I– 0 to and including 25#

  5. Division II--25.5# to and including 55#

    Division III 55.5# to and including 85#

    Division IV 85.5# to and including 125#

    Division V 125.5# and up.


  6. Completed information forms will be required, both for the organizational needs and to provide interest information for the spectators.
  7. Late registration will not be accepted without the extraordinary decision by the weight pull chairman.
  8. A handler’s meeting for all contesting dog handlers will follow registration. An official will answer any questions applicable to the event rules or the contest, and explain any special rules or procedures for the event.
  9. A drawing will then be made for pulling order and lane assignment within the different classes. A pulling order tag may be issued, which should be worn prominently.  The dogs will be entered on the recorder’s sheets in their pulling order.
  10. Any handler with more than one dog in a weight class should draw first and draw again for the second dog’s pulling order.  If the second draw is next in order to the first draw pulling order, the second draw will be repeated until the conflict is corrected.
  11. If a handler has dogs in two weight classes that are pulling simultaneously, the order of the pulling will not be modified nor will the contest be delayed.  Either another official handler must be provided or the handler will have to pass when there are conflicts.





  1. Contest officials will determine the sleds, weights and track conditioning for the contest.
  2. For a successful pull the dog must pull the weighted sled 25 feet in no more than 60 seconds.  If the sled is moving at the 60 second point, the pull will be considered successful if the dog continues to pull over the finish line and does not stop.
  3. However, if the final pull attempt does not cover the 25 foot distance, and the previous weight increment was successfully pulled (not passed), the handler may request a measurement of the distance pulled to determine placement.  The dog will be unhooked from the sled and the track official will measure and record the distance, to the point of the sled closest to the finish line with a time of 60 seconds.  This measurement will be used to determine division placement, and any resulting pound per pound and/or, heaviest weight pulled only.  ***  Measurements may not determine pound per pound or heaviest weight pulled independent of division placement.  ***
  4. Time starts when the handler calls the dog, of if the dog starts on his own, and is stopped when the first corner of the sled crosses the finish line 25 feet away.
  5. The total time for a successful pull will be recorded to the part of the second determined by the official timer. (An official clock may or may not be displaying time for the spectators.)
  6. In case of a “tie” the winner will be determined by the least time used in the pull.  If this is also a “tie”, the winner is determined by the least time in the previous pull and so on.
  7. After the time period begins, the handler shall not touch the pulling dog during a successful pull, with these three exceptions:
    1. If the dog or harness becomes entangled, the handler may call out “Tangle” and correct the problem without repositioning or giving extra encouragement to the dog.  The time will continue to elapse.
    2. If the towline or the sled breaks during a pull attempt, the dog will be granted a new pull at that weight with a new time count.
    3. If the harness breaks during the pull attempt, the contest will continue while the harness is repaired or replaced, and the dog will enter the contest area when available.  If weights are increased in the interim, it will count as a pass(es);
    4. Weight falling off the sled will not disqualify the pull or change its rated weight.
  8. If the timer neglects to time a pull and the pull succeeds, it will be called a successful pull.  If the time is required for breaking a tie, the time of the previous pull will be used.
  9. Leads must be dropped or removed before the pull attempt.
  10. Only one handler in the pulling and holding area is allowed to work or encourage the dog during the pull attempt.
  11. The starting weight and weight increased increments will be determined by the sponsoring organization, taking into account local track conditions.
  12. Dogs must not be lured by food, bait or toys during the pull.  Only voice commands, hand and body signals are permitted.  Dogs may be worked from the front, side or rear.
  13. The sled will be positioned perpendicular to the starting line by the sled officials.  The handler may designate the location of the sled along the starting line and the handler may request that the sled be broken loose (moved slightly) before attempting the pull.  The pull must not start until the sled has stopped moving from the break.
  14. During the pull, the sled may not be guided or assisted in any way.  Likewise, the track condition, barriers, etc. may not be modified or repositioned to aid the pull. (if the sled catches the barrier it is the handler’s misfortune)
  15. Handlers must keep the dogs outside the pull area and generally in the designated holding area until it is their turn for the sled.  The second or “on deck” handler should be ready in case the first handler passes.  When called the handler should be ready and move promptly to the sled so the event is quicker and more interesting.  The handler may take the dog away from the event for exercise, relief of water; but at the risk of missing a call.
  16. When called “on deck” the handler may call out “pass” to skip a turn.  Otherwise, the handler must pull in turn and move to the on deck location if one is provided.
  17. The handler may request weight/load ratio calculations after winning the division and before attempting greater weights.  The handler may then request a load increase over the set increment in multiples of the weight used.
  18. For some events, two or more divisions may be run together for a more efficient and interesting contest.  The ranking would still be determined separately for each division.
  19. Except for the finalist, dogs must leave the holding area when they are eliminated.
  20. Only one helper may assist one handler in the holding area.
  21. Unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the handler will not be tolerated.