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Weave Pole Training

What could be better than watching a Boxer race down a line of weave poles?  These guys really get into it.  There is probably no greater discussed piece of agility equipment than the weaves (well - perhaps contacts).  There are many schools of thought of how to train the weave poles (positively of course), none right, none wrong, just different.  

You may find a training group will stick with one method that suits 'most' dogs and that's what they teach - but they probably have other options up their sleeve for those times when that method does not suit an individual dog / handler team.  Even if you have no other piece of agility equipment at home the weaves are an 'essential' and luckily very cheap to make.  No matter what way you set about training the weaves you need to be totally consistent.

Weaving style gets talked about quite often.  There are those advocates of single stepping through the poles and those who like the front leg bounce through the poles.  You will probably find your Boxer has a preferred style - it may be best to allow your dog to follow his or her natural inclinations for weaving style.  This may take some time to become apparent.  Many 'green' agility dogs will go down a line of poles single stepping some and bouncing through others.  This can look a bit awkward but in time they will settle into the style that suits them best and stick with it when performing the weaves.  This article on the load (physical strain) on the dog when weaving is worth reading and provides an insight into the actual mechanics: Weave Pole Load.

Bella Melli
This Boxer is bouncing through the weaves.  Both front feet through at the same time. This Boxer is single stepping through the weaves. One front leg at a time.

 

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