Cynthia continues, “The poles were not working how they were set up in class, so my agility course trainer gave me some great starter tips to try with Max at home.”
· Start with two separate rows of poles, with the poles about 1½ - 2 feet apart from each other. Place the two rows parallel to each other with enough room in between them to walk through. Now encourage your dog to walk straight through the two rows with you. No weaving yet, just walking straight.
· As your dog becomes more familiar with the walk through the poles, start bringing the poles closer together.
· As you pull the poles together, window the poles, giving enough distance to create a loose weave. Have your dog follow you (or the treats) through the loose weave.
It took a little time and a lot of patience, but Max did learn to weave by the end of the course. Now it’s your turn. Can your dog weave?