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Hi, they are called the weave poles, or weaving.

To train my dog I started out by getting some treats and a leash, and guiding the dog though the poles with them. Do this over and over till the dog is doing it easily, and knows whats going on. Then, TaDa, a master weaving. Allways stress for correctness though, if you dog misses a pole, MAKE him go back and do it. Then you can work on speed.

GOOD LUCK

Leah

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OK, this may be a silly question but how far apart should the poles be? I?ve also heard that it is easier to start with like 3 poles then add poles as you both progress. Should they be farther apart to start with or at the standard (I assume there is a standard distance required for the competitions).

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Sorry, I forgot you last Q. I would suggest leaving them at the standard, my dog finds it harder weaving though poles spread out, because its harder to keep track of which way to weave.

Leah

PS The neat thing about the weave poles is you can train them any where...just teach you dog to weave though your legs while you walk...it sure can amaze guests!

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The distance between the weave poles in USDAA competition is actually 18", not a foot as Leah posted. I don't think any dog could weave with them only a foot apart! In AKC trials, they range between 21" and 24". I would start your dog at 24" and then you could progress down to the 18" which is more difficult, especially for larger dogs. You can get the stick in the ground weave poles and create a "channel" in the beginning to make it easier for your dog, or put them on a slant so that the dog can simply run through the poles. You gradually move them to the competition upright position once the dog understands.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I taught my dog how to do the weave polls by use of a large lure. I actually started with 5 polls, but I didn't know much about agility then...I just copied what I saw in the trials! wink.gif Anyways, lure the dog with the treat, holding it just out of their reach and at the same time pulling it away so that they are 'forced' to weave. Slowly extend the length between the dog and the treat, eventually not using your hand...am I making any sence? Sorry if I'm not. Some dogs won't like the enclosed space, so beware. Good Luck!

 

Jenny an' Chili

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