Wednesday, November 24, 2010

2x2 Weave Pole Training (With YouTube Video)

Happy Thanksgiving Eve...
I found a YouTube video that will at least serve to illustrate the Weave Pole Entrance Training using  the 2x2 Technique (You can see what the equipment setup looks like too). I will replace this video if and when I can get one with an AU dog and instructor.
When I was initially introduced to 2x2s, it was in an early group class and it seemed to me that I was training Gilda to simply walk between 2 poles (I told you she's a whole lot smarter than me!) In a later session, the lightbulb went off and I understood that we were training the very first step of the Weave Poles: The Entrance. The goal again is to teach the dog to always take the first pole by entering with their left shoulder to the right of the first pole.
View this video with that in mind only (in other words ignore the handling techniques as I want to keep those as purely AU as possible). Note that in the early scenes, the dog is being rewarded merely for going between the poles. Later, he is rewarded when entering to the right of the first pole. [Enjoy the funny song as well]

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