Clean Run - August 2012 - (Page 39)

Weave Entries at Speed By Rachel Sanders Many times handlers find that although their novice dogs can weave, they have some difficulty with the mechanics of loading and staying in the weave poles at speed. In this month’s “Building Blocks” the focus will be on improving your dog’s weave pole accuracy while sequencing. The weave pole entries in the exercises are relatively easy, but are designed to allow your dog to be at speed as he approaches the weave poles. Notes Here are some notes about the exercises: set up · If you are not able toand yourthe exercises with enough distance between obstacles to allow you dog to approach the weave poles at full speed, different locations relative · While working these drills try to be inahead of him, behind him, to your dog as he enters the weave poles; for example, or alongside him. be practiced · The drills canpoles initially. with 6 or 12 weave poles, but I recommend that you work with 6 · Winged and nonwinged jumps are interchangeable in the exercises. it is better to practice once or twice a week in a large area than to practice in a smaller area every day. 1 2 3 4 5 6 OR 1 2 3 4 5 6 Troubleshooting If your dog repeatedly misses an entry or is not able to hold on to the weaves after he enters correctly, try the following: Remove weave poles 3, 4 and 5, leaving weave poles 1, 2, and 6; or remove all the poles except weave poles 1 and 2. By removing the furthest weave poles, the dog is able to focus on the first two poles and enter correctly without you having to slow him down. Retry the drill. If your dog enters poles 1 and 2 correctly, reward by throwing a toy or food toy close to where the removed poles would be. Repeat the drill and, if successful a second time, add one pole back into the set, starting with the last pole you removed (weave pole 5 or 6). Each time your dog is successful replace another weave pole until all the weave poles have been returned to the set. August 12 | Clean Run Note: If the set of weave poles contains poles 1, 2, 5, and 6 it is easy to reward between poles 2 and 5, but when you start to close the gap your dog may weave the big gap (poles 2 and 4) and continue to the end of the poles, this is okay and you should reward your dog at the end of the poles. 39

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - August 2012

Clean Run - August 2012
Editorializing: On Insanity
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
The Information Highway of Agility
Analyze This!
Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Seesaw Training: The Bang Game and the Pre-Bang Game
But He’s Perfect at Home

Clean Run - August 2012