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5

6

Move across the end of the poles
while your dog is weaving.

Weaving with two dogs at once.

If you have two of your own dogs,
you can work on weave pole passing on your own; it will be a test
of your dogs’ ability to weave and
of your ability to keep your eye on
multiple dogs at one time, since
you’ll have two dogs you’ll need
to reward or repeat with! I do this
with my own dogs periodically
and it’s great fun.
There’s one more variation that
I do with my own dogs, which
requires 12 weave poles. It is
the most fun of all and is highly
motivating for my dogs. Check
out Figure 5! For this exercise,
you’ll have to figure out which dog
should go in first—is your dog
more distracted knowing there
is a dog behind him or in front
of him? And, you’ll need to make
sure to space out the dogs so that
the dog in the rear doesn’t overtake the dog in front. I have to
hold onto my dogs’ collars tightly
for this game because they’re
usually screaming to get to the
poles, one after another.

or location,
so be creative
and don’t limit
yourself.

•

Run in the direction opposite to
the direction your dog is weaving.

•

Get your
dog weaving and then weave
after him for a few poles.

•

Send your dog to the weave
poles. Just before he enters, do
something unusual: do a jumping jack, drop to the ground,
bend over to inspect the
ground, stand on one leg, clap
your hands, make an unusual
noise, etc.

•

One Dog, One Handler Games
If you’ve only got one dog (or only
one dog that can weave), here
are some games you can play
that will challenge your dog to
stay in the poles despite distractions. Most of these capitalize on
unusual handler movement and/

Get your
dog weaving and
then cut
through the
weave poles
in front of
or behind
him.

7

•

Send your dog to the weave
poles. Once he’s entered and
weaving, turn away from him
in a full circle—spin quickly so
you can see if he’s popped out
of the poles or not.
Start you and your dog at opposite ends of the weave poles
and cut across the end of the
poles while your dog is weaving as shown in Figure 6.

•

Start you and your dog at opposite ends of the weave poles
and move toward your dog
while he is weaving toward
you as in Figure 7. Try this on
a set of 6 poles and a set of
12 poles.

I hope you’ve come away with a
few fun games that you can play
with multiple dogs or with a training partner or friend, as well as
some silly variations on what you
can do to pose as a distraction to
your dog while he is weaving.
As always, if your dog makes a
mistake, make sure that you back
off with the level of distraction.
Reward him when he gets it right
and then increase the level of distraction again. Make sure both of
you are having fun.
Until next time, happy training! D

Daisy Peel has competed in agility since 1998. She is a five-time Regional champion (USDAA), a five-time National champion (AKC, USDAA), and a four-time AKC/USA
World Team member. Daisy currently competes with her dogs Solar and Jester. Before becoming a full time agility instructor, she was a high school chemistry teacher.
Visit her website: www.daisypeel.com.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - July 2013

Clean Run - July 2013
Contents
Editorializing: “Internationalization” and Course Design Trends
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Backyard Dogs
Knowledge Equals Speed! Handling Positions: What Do They Mean to the Dog
Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
The 10-Minute Trainer
Power Paws Drills: Serp City
Thermal Imaging for the Agility Dog
Trainer/Student, Coach/Athlete
Channel Weaves Modified
The Judge’s Debriefing
Training with the Stars: Jenn Crank
The Construction Zone: Weatherproof 2x2 Weave Pole Bases
Look! Teaching Dogs Where to Focus
Busting the Myths: You Can Talk, You Can Smile, You Can Have Fun!
Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 4
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Contents
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Editorializing: “Internationalization” and Course Design Trends
Clean Run - July 2013 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - July 2013 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Clean Run - July 2013 - Backyard Dogs
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Knowledge Equals Speed! Handling Positions: What Do They Mean to the Dog
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
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Clean Run - July 2013 - The 10-Minute Trainer
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Thermal Imaging for the Agility Dog
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Busting the Myths: You Can Talk, You Can Smile, You Can Have Fun!
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