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Here are some articles on working independent weave entries: “A New Twist on Training with 2x2 Weaves,” Mary Ellen Barry, Clean Run, April 2009 “Nail Down Your Weave Entries,” Rachel Sanders, Clean Run, May 2006. “Weaves without Worry,” Nancy Gyes, Clean Run, September 2003

foot. In some cases, you can even take a small step backward. For some dogs, all that is needed is for your forward motion to stop; you don’t actually have to move your weight backward. But in each variation, the message is the same—collect!

Hold Your Horses
Hold your horses! Don’t move forward until you can tell the dog’s movement is approaching that perfect wave. Hopefully, with the concepts introduced in this article, you understand that even if your dog makes the entry, until he controls his body and his motion nears the perfect wave for him, he is still at risk for making an error. Often, if you move before the dog’s weaving pattern is near normal, your forward motion will encourage the dog to continue moving forward (think extension instead of collection), rather than work on collecting himself to weave correctly.

Again... wait. Yes, wait until the dog’s weaving pattern normalizes. Then move forward. If you are also supporting the do-not-cross line, this means wait with your body holding the line until normalization, then you can continue with your next handling move. You need to train yourself to recognize when your dog has collected sufficiently to enter correctly and is in his weaving rhythm. Until you see that motion, slow down; wait to move down stream on course.

Go Have Fun!

Rock Back
This is another old trick that comes in very handy. Just like when we talk about teaching a dog or horse to rock back for collection, to aid the dog’s collection, you can also “rock back.” As the dog approaches the weave poles, you shift your weight from the leading foot to the rear

I hope you find these tips useful as you train weave pole entries and evaluate course handling strategy at your future trials. Continue to work on training truly independent weaves, but know that you have some extra tools available to help make sure your dog learns how to do the entries on his own. D

Carol Mount is an engineer for AT&T. She also teaches agility part time, is an active member of Jersey Agility Association (JAG), and is an agility judge. Carol and her husband, Paul, have shown their variety of dogs in sports such as agility, flyball, obedience, and herding. Carol has earned agility championships on two Malinois and a Chinese Crested. She has also earned agility titles on a Border Collie and several Basenjis. Carol’s new Border Collie Dynamo and her Lowchen Ta-Da! are looking forward to agility and flyball.

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Clean Run - November 2012
Contents
Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Backyard Dogs
The Four Agreements
Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
What’s in Your Toolbox?
Being a Good Student, Part 1
Analyze This!
Tips for Weave Pole Entries
Not a Practice Dog Anymore
The 2-Minute Warm-up
The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
What Is a Ketschker Turn?
Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out
Clean Run - November 2012 - Clean Run - November 2012
Clean Run - November 2012 - 2
Clean Run - November 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - November 2012 - 4
Clean Run - November 2012 - Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Clean Run - November 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - November 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Clean Run - November 2012 - Backyard Dogs
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 10
Clean Run - November 2012 - 11
Clean Run - November 2012 - The Four Agreements
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 14
Clean Run - November 2012 - 15
Clean Run - November 2012 - Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 18
Clean Run - November 2012 - Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 21
Clean Run - November 2012 - 22
Clean Run - November 2012 - 23
Clean Run - November 2012 - What’s in Your Toolbox?
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 28
Clean Run - November 2012 - 29
Clean Run - November 2012 - Being a Good Student, Part 1
Clean Run - November 2012 - 31
Clean Run - November 2012 - Analyze This!
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 37
Clean Run - November 2012 - Tips for Weave Pole Entries
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 43
Clean Run - November 2012 - Not a Practice Dog Anymore
Clean Run - November 2012 - 45
Clean Run - November 2012 - The 2-Minute Warm-up
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Clean Run - November 2012 - The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
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Clean Run - November 2012 - What Is a Ketschker Turn?
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Clean Run - November 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
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Clean Run - November 2012 - Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out
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