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HOW TO TRAIN FOR THE WEINER DOG RACES

February 20, 2018

In some sports, to finish is to win. That’s generally true of tough competitions that require extensive training. It’s also true in the world of weiner dog racing, although in this case the winner might be the only dog crossing the finish line. The others decided to chase a squirrel, visit with onlookers or attend to nature’s call. Training for weiner dog racing isn’t a strenuous activity. It’s primarily about fun for a dachshund and his person.

Weiner Dog Racing

No one will ever mistake weiner dog racing for the greyhound version. There’s no betting, and the race is generally run as a fundraiser for animal shelters or other charities. For example, the annual Weinerschnitzel Weiner Nationals, run at Los Alamitos Race Course in California, has raised more than $220,000 for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center since its inception in 1996. Weiner dog races are run at between 25 and 50 meters. The owner waits for his doxie at the finish line. That’s both an incentive for the dog to finish the race and to receive a treat.

Will Run for Food

Most owners train their weiner dog competitors with treats. The three-time winner of the Savannah, Georgia Weiner Dog Races told the Savannah Morning News that she starts training her day for the annual event about two weeks beforehand, rewarding him with hotdog bits if he would run to anyone from a distance. For best results, keep your doxie in good condition all year, taking him on walks and not letting him become overweight. As the competition date draws near, begin specific weiner dog race training.

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