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At the facility I take classes at, we were taught to teach weave poles by clicking each time the dog's head went past a pole, and rewarding when their feet cross over the other side. I was taking a look at the other agility facility near us, and I saw a video on their facebook about weaves, and it looks like they use the same method.

But I've heard there are other methods to do this.

I'm thinking about retraining weave poles using a different method. Delilah is okay with them using this method, but sometimes it seems like she's having trouble "getting it" and putting the whole thing together. She also does it relatively slowly and is always watching me (because of rewarding with treats).

Which method do you use to train weave poles and why do you prefer it?
 

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I used 2x2 weave poles by Susan Garrett. I like it because it's easy to teach the dog, teaches them to really drive forward, keep their head down, and also starts teaching tough entries right from the start. It's also super fast, Levi was doing 12 poles in like...2 weeks?
 
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I used 2x2 weave poles by Susan Garrett. I like it because it's easy to teach the dog, teaches them to really drive forward, keep their head down, and also starts teaching tough entries right from the start. It's also super fast, Levi was doing 12 poles in like...2 weeks?

Is this a good video for that or do you know of a better one?
 

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I use channel weaves (or weave-a-matics if you have a big dog) with a twist. I use them because they teach SPEED before accuracy. I find if you focus on accuracy first, then you dog first learns weaves are not about speed but about doing them right. Agility is about fast - not slow. I want my dog to tear through his poles. I train the accuracy after we get the speed. I have a video - just a quick overview - of how I train poles. It only takes me a couple of weeks to train weaves - although it takes much longer to train independent poles. I will post the video and another vid of what my dog's poles look like today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhDl2H1FKZQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zd09RAEK648

If you are not looking to compete, it doesn't matter if your poles are fast. If you are looking to compete, clicking through the weaves will teach slow poles. This will waste precious time. Good poles take about 3 seconds to complete.
 
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I think it depends on the dog quite a bit. Summer I had to lure the weaves. We spent about 2 years on it and she was so old that if we wanted to trial at all we just needed to get them done. It was less than ideal obviously.

With Hank (and how I'd do my next dog) I did combo 2x2s and channels. Hank picked up the weaves very very fast and almost never misses them. I think it took us 2-3 weeks max.
 

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I led Biscuit through with a treat, saying 'weave' each time. First 2 poles, then 3 etc, and he got 6 poles pretty fast. (2 or 3 weeks.) This also helped him a lot with twelve poles. Since he knew what 'weave' meant, I just kept saying it until we were out of the poles.

I've heard good things about channels and 2 by 2's as well.
Good luck teaching her!
 
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