I must admit that I had never heard of “dog pulling” until I stumbled on the trailer for a documentary called “Body Pound,” which examines the sport. (See below.) So I did a little research and pulled up the USA Today report above.
It seems that the arguments for and against are much the same as those used in the debate about mushing. Some folks claim that the dogs love the work, while others see it as cruel to force dogs to work so hard in often dangerous conditions. On a Pit Bull message board, one pro-pulling person wrote:
It’s not cruelty any more than agility or frisbee is cruelty, if those sports are done wrong (like jumping too high too soon), it results in injuries, but if done correctly, it’s a fun sport, just like any human sport. Dogs that participate in sports are healthier, just like with humans. (Also, a tired dog is a good dog!)
Watch the two videos here, and then take our poll below to let us know what you think.