Having had the good fortune to make several different world teams with several different dogs, what consistently stands out overseas with regard to obstacle execution are the weave pole performances I see. Europeans have some crazy, awesome weaving skills! Truly independent weave poles, both in terms of entries, execution, and exits, allow for another lead-out within the course. And, unlike contacts, weave poles are in nearly every class, making the training time spent an investment with a lot of return!
This month’s exercises offer some fun challenges of all three components: entries, execution, and exits. Be particularly mindful when schooling weave poles to keep your training sessions short. The weaving behavior is physically demanding and the dog’s soundness always should be the first priority. Experiment with keeping sessions five minutes or less. It can be surprising how something as simple as a time
limit can really sharpen up the training!
The exercises in Figures 1-3 are for Novice/Starters dogs, Figures 4-6 are for Open/Advanced dogs, and then Figures 7-9 are for Master level dogs.
Remember, you can’t say “Weave!” without saying “Wheee!”
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