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