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Tony Bickley calls out for more “high-value treats” to motivate Cujo on as Sue Sternberg guides from the rear.
How many runs each dog would attempt — one or two — was up to its owner. A second run was allowed to improve on the weight successfully pulled on the first. Cujo finished his first run, but didn’t quite meet the lofty expectations set out for him. Convinced Cujo had topped out on his first attempt, Sternberg offered counsel. “Cujo pulled, um, that’s 38.8 pounds, and that was at his upper limit,” she said, while adding up the weights listed on the food sacks. “And I am sort of recommending that they hold it back and not do the round back, because if they add more and he stops pulling on the way back, they get zero.”
Alec remained unconvinced. “I think he can do it,” he told Sternberg. “It’s just he’s not focused. There’s too many people around, and he gets nervous.”
“Don’t drop the food where he can eat it without moving,” Tony advised Alec. “You got to be sharp.” Turning to a group of onlookers, he added, “We solved this problem now. And Cujo’s gonna handle this with no problem. The outcome is gonna be we got another champion.”
On his return trip, Cujo launched himself briskly out of the starting gate but ran into trouble shortly after the first hundredth of a furlong (about six feet). The addition of five more pounds halted his progress as if an oak tree had been tethered to the other end of his harness. And then it began to rain. Bits of Oscar Mayer manna came showering down upon Cujo through Alec’s and Tony’s hands in quantities few dogs have experienced outside of their wildest, twitch-filled dreams. But the intensity of the feeding frenzy didn’t translate into distance pulled. After a frustrating series of starts and stops, punctuated by barking, whimpering, more “high-value treats” and human pleading, Sternberg disqualified Cujo for using up all his time with only five feet left to the finish line.
“One of the ways that these dogs help the kids is the fact that they won’t work if you force them, and they don’t like punishment,” Sternberg said. “You can’t force a dog to pull, and that’s the beauty of the sport.”